Demand ICE #FreeMaura



THIS PRIDE SEASON we are celebrating with LGBTQI+ activists around the world and standing for our rights, to build a better “normal” where everyone’s rights are fully protected, respected and fulfilled – where LGBTI people like Maura can be safe and free.
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, working in the hospitality industry, and building a community that accepts and embraces 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.

Maura hopes to one day be free again and engage in activities she loves: dancing, singing along to Celia Cruz’s LA Vida Es Un Carnaval, and producing and performing in shows.

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