Amnesty demands to set a trans activist free from custody

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Amnesty International is calling US authorities to release a transgender woman and LGBT right activist who is held captive in New Mexico. According to the non-governmental organization (NGO), Alejandra is being “unreasonably held” in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Cibola County Correctional Centre. The NGO says that the woman is currently struggling and needs medical help. Denise Bell, researcher for refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty International USA, said that the woman deserves being treated with respect and dignity, she should not be persecuted for who she is, even in prison. “Alejandra spent over ten years defending the rights of trans people in El Salvador. It is now time for us to come together and support her. We are calling on ICE to immediately release her on humanitarian parole while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim,” she said. Amnesty said the Alejandra’s case is “especially urgent in light of the recent death of another transgender woman in ICE custody who was briefly held in the same unit.”

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