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LGBT “Break the Cage” Rally

By Charlotte Robinson, May 27, 2015
On Wednesday, May 27th at 12P EST the largest gathering of undocumented Queer & Trans people will rally in front of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C. Carlos Padilla, the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project’s Coordinator stated, “With more than 80 countries around the world criminalizing gay & lesbian sexual acts & many more countries who offer no institutionalized government protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, many like myself, have made & continue to make the difficult survival decision to leave our home countries & come to the United States. Detention & deportation is bad for everyone, specially for our LGBTQ communities. Yet, the Department of Homeland Security & those departments whom they oversee which includes Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) & U.S. Customs And Border Protection have failed to adequately protect our vulnerable communities & have further placed trauma & violence under their administration. Which is why on May 27, we break the cage.” Operation “Break the Cage” will address 3 stories of current cases of trans woman in immigration detention & center the action with stories of trans women who have experience immigration detention. Speakers will include: Marichuy Leal Gamino - Ex Detainee of Eloy Detention Center, Catalina Velasquez - QUIP Advisory Council, Lourdes Ashley Hunter - National Director of Trans Women of Color Collective & Ruby Corado - Executive Director of Casa Ruby. The rally will take place at U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement - 500 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. on Wednesday May 27th 12P EST.
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