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Tell ICE to free Kelly, a trans asylum seeker in detention for over 2.5 years
“Our lives are in danger because there are people here who tested positive for the COVID‐19 virus and there is nothing we can do. More detainees keep coming and going. This is a time bomb for our lives. We pray that someone will do something.” — Kelly
Kelly Gonzalez Aguilar is a 23‐year‐old transgender woman who fled Honduras when she was twelve years old because of violence against her based on her transgender identity. After she eventually arrived in the United States seeking safety, U.S. immigration authorities detained her in August 2017. She has been locked up ever since as she awaits the results of her asylum claim. She is now being held at the Aurora Detention Facility in Colorado.
She fears she could contract COVID‐19 because of the inadequate measures taken by authorities to protect detainees and staff from the virus.
There are approximately 2.3 million people incarcerated in the U.S. in local jails, state and federal prisons, immigration detention facilities, Indian country jails and military prisons. People living in confined spaces with inadequate access to healthcare and hygiene make detention facilities, prisons, and jails high‐risk environments for transmission of COVID‐19.
No one should be locked up solely for seeking safety in the U.S., let alone during a global health crisis.
Everyone has a right to health regardless of their immigration status, and not providing adequate medical treatment, including holding individuals who suffer from serious medical conditions with many others in overcrowded facilities, may amount to ill‐treatment. Immigration detainees must be released if their human right to health cannot be guaranteed.
Email Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and demand Kelly be released on parole.