5 arresti di immigratx transgender | 5 arrests of trans immigrants (California)

Source: Advocate and translation by Hurriya

May 28th 2015 – 28 Maggio 2015

English below

5 arresti ad una manifestazione contro la detenzione di immigratx transgender

Cinque attivistx che chiedevano la fine delle pratiche inumane di detenzione per migranti LGBT sono statx arrestatx a Santa Ana in California, giovedì mattina, durante il culmine di una manifestazione molto tesa che ha portato ad un blocco stradale durato più di un’ora.

La manifestazione è stata organizzata da Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, la campagna #Not1More, e dall’associazione locale LGBT GetEQUAL. Gli/le attivisti/e chiedevano la fine delle pratiche di detenzione perpetrate dalle forze dell’ordine del Centro per stranieri contro “migranti vulnerabili”, come transgender, donne e bambini reclusi in situazioni ad alto rischio e deportati verso i Paesi di origine generalmente ostili.

Chi manifestava ha occupato la strada di fronte al centro di detenzione per migranti (ICE – US immigration and customs enforcement agency) nella California del Sud, dove vengono detenute le donne transgender.
“Le donne transgender senza documenti, una volta rinchiuse nel centro, subiscono abusi di tipo sessuale, fisico e psicologico”, dice Jennicet Gutierrez, una transgender latino-americana e membro di Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, in un discorso pronunciato alla manifestazione di giovedì; “devono essere liberate subito”.

Cinque attivistx si sono incatenatx con catene pesanti, mentre altrx portavano cartelli con scritto “Trans Queer Liberation”, “Not 1 More LGBTQ Deportation” e “End ALL Detention”.

Chi ha organizzato la manifestazione considera l’amministrazione del Presidente Barack Obama responsabile per il numero di migranti deportati dal 2008, che non ha precedenti. Hanno fatto riferimento anche all’ex segretario di Stato, Hillary Clinton che ha recentemente annunciato di voler fare della condizione delle donne transgender e di altri migranti vulnerabili una priorità della propria campagna presidenziale.
“Non dovremmo aspettare che il Congresso approvi la riforma in materia di immigrazione o che la Clinton metta fine alla reclusione dei/delle trans” ha scritto Not1More nel suo blog il mese scorso; “l’amministrazione Obama può farlo già ora”.

L’eco di questo messaggio ha riempito le strade di Santa Ana giovedì, grazie ad attivistx che camminavano, cantavano e alla fine occupavano la strada, rifiutandosi di muoversi fino a che non sono stati arrestat*.

5 Arrested at California Rally to End Trans Immigration Detention

Five activists demanding an end to inhumane detention practices for LGBT immigrants were arrested in Santa Ana., Calif., Thursday morning, during the culmination of a tense demonstration that shut down a local intersection for more than an hour.

The demonstration was organized by Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, the #Not1More Campaign, and grassroots LGBT group GetEQUAL. Calling for an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention practices that frequently see vulnerable immigrants, including transgender people, women, and children placed in high-risk situations and then deported to hostile home countries, the activists took to to the street outside an ICE detention center in the Southern California city where transgender women are reportedly being held.

“Transgender undocumented women face real sexual, physical, and psychological abuse once they are put in detention centers,” said Jennicet Gutierrez, a transgender Latina and member of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, in a statement announcing Thursday’s rally. “They need to be released immediately.”

Five activists wrapped their bodies in heavy metal chains, as others carried signs calling for “Trans Queer Liberation,” “Not 1 More LBTQ Deportation,” and “End ALL Detention.”

Organizers of the rally said they wanted to hold President Barack Obama’s administration responsible for the unprecedented number of immigrants deported since 2008, and pointed to the president’s former secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who recently announced she was making treatment of transgender women and other vulnerable immigrants a priority in her own presidential campaign.

“We should not have to wait for Congress to pass immigration reform or Clinton to end trans detention,” wrote Not1More in a blog post earlier this month. “Obama’s administration can do it now.”

That message echoed through the streets of Santa Ana Thursday, as activists marched, chanted, and ultimately sat in the street, refusing to move until they were arrested.

Scroll down for photos and videos from today’s demonstration, including interviews with several trans women who were formerly detained by ICE.

Chains represent the deplorable conditions transgender detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody face every day, activists explained. Above, activist Isa Noyola is arrested by Santa Ana police officers. Also arrested were Mar Martinez, Paolo Palomar, Jiselle Oneel, and Jorge Hernandez.

Attending today’s rally was Nicoll Hernández-Polanco, a transgender woman who says she endured months of abuse and sexual assault at the hands of fellow detainees and ICE staff while she awaited a hearing in her asylum case. In a statement to her attorneys, Hernández-Polanco described how male ICE guards patted her down six to eight times every day, often allegedly groping her breasts and buttocks, making offensive sexual comments and gestures, and sometimes pulling her hair. She also reported that ICE staff routinely verbally abused her because of her gender identity, insulting her with slurs like “fucking gay,” “bitch,” and “the woman with balls” in front of other detainees.

Watch our exclusive interview with Hernández-Polanco at Thursday’s Not1More Rally in Santa Ana below; and be sure to scroll down for more video interviews with demonstrators.