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Alejandra can’t live safely in her home country,
El Salvador, simply because of who she is: a trans woman and longstanding transgender rights activist.

She fled El Salvador for the USA after years of attacks and sexual assaults by gang members and Salvadoran military personnel.

In 2017, Alejandra reached the US-Mexico border and requested asylum. She has been held in immigration detention ever since.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) denied her asylum claim, her appeal and a request for parole. No explanation was ever given to Alejandra or her lawyers. 

Now, US authorities are threatening to deport Alejandra back to danger in El Salvador, a country where three transgender women have been murdered so far this year, one within weeks of being deported from the USA.

Each one of us has the right to a safe place to call home. Tell the US authorities they must protect Alejandra, not deport her to danger.

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  Our Petition


Mr. Corey A. Price,

Field Office Director, ICE

Dear Mr. Price,

Alejandra (A# 216-269-450) is a 43-year-old transgender woman from El Salvador who requested asylum at the U.S.–Mexico border in November 2017.

Since arriving at the U.S. border she has been in immigration detention, and is currently being held by ICE at Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico.

Alejandra is eager to be released so she can be reunited with her niece in the U.S., who already won her asylum claim. Both Alejandra and her niece experienced inadequate medical care at the Ciboladetention facility.

I call on you to:

  • Immediately grant humanitarian parole to Alejandra while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim, including during any appeal.
  • Improve the medical care provided at ICE’s privately operated Cibola detention facility.
  • Grant humanitarian parole to all asylum seekers whenever possible, especially when they are LGBTI or have acute medical needs.

Detention of asylum seekers should only be a last resort after all other options have been exhausted. There is no reason that people like Alejandra should be denied their freedom simply for seeking safety in the United States.

Kind regards,