US: Trans, queer immigrants demand ICE release LGBTQ detainees

More than 50 transgender and queer immigrants rallied in front of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Washington D.C. demanding the release of LGBTQ immigrants from ICE detention centers. The demonstration was part of Operation Break the Cage—a multi-organizational effort to raise awareness of the horrendous psychological and physical abuses suffered by immigrant transgender women currently detained in ICE facilities, many who are ignored and completely isolated without the personal or legal resources to find help.

Calling itself the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation comprising 100,000 immigrant youth and allies from 26 states United We Dream's operation in partnership with the Washington D.C. based LGBT advocacy organization Casa Ruby and the nationally renowned Trans Women of Color Collective intends to "expose ICE's human rights violations against the undocumented LGBTQ community." Read More