Demand ICE #FreeMaura



UPDATE: April 23rd marked Maura's 2-year anniversary in detention. Faced with crushing uncertainty for the future, Maura is still hopeful she can one day be free again to engage in activities she loves: dancing, singing along to Celia Cruz’s La Vida Es Un Carnaval, and producing and performing in shows. That’s why we’re redoubling our efforts, and need your help >>
Maura fled to the U.S. from Mexico to escape relentless, gender-based violence and abuse. Originally from Nicaragua, she spent half her life in the U.S., attending high school in San Diego, holding numerous jobs in the hospitality industry, and building a community that accepts her as a trans woman.
Maura is seeking humanitarian protection to be able to stay in the U.S. She faces significant risk if returned to a country she has not known for decades. Nicaragua is not safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals, particularly trans women.
For over two years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained Maura at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in California, where she is suffering from abuse and a lack of adequate medical care.

With her life at risk, Maura should be free to seek protection without detention. We have joined with our partners at [email protected] Coalition, National Immigrant Justice Center, and the American Friends Service Committee Colorado to stop this injustice. Join us now: Urge the ICE San Diego Field Office Director to release Maura immediately.

ICE ERO Field Office Dire
Gregory J.
San Diego ICE ERO Field Office Director