Members of the NM Dream Team Staged ‘Die-in’ Infront of ICE Offices in Albuquerque to Call on Transgender Detainees to Be Freed, State Officials to review Detention Conditions
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Albuquerque, NM – Today, NM Dream Team, community members and a group of organizations held a protest in front of the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to speak out about the death of a transgender asylum-seeker after being placed in DHS custody and transferred to the Cibola County Correctional Center.
During the protest members of NMDT performed a ‘die-in’ –a symbolic representation of the deaths of 98 people at the hands of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and 16 people while in custody of ICE since the new administration came to power.
The protest was part of a national #JusticeforRoxsana day of action with similar actions being held in over a dozen cities across the country.
*** Photos of today’s action can be found here
Gabriela Hernandez, LGBTQ organizer & Executive Director for NM Dream Team, said:
“Today we denounce the death of Roxsana Hernandez –a transwoman and asylum-seeker who came to the U.S. in search of safety and opportunities to be able to survive and thrive.
“Our community is putting and end to the mistreatment, being stripped away from our humanity and dying at the hands of CBP and ICE.
“Currently our New Mexico ranks number 1 in dependency of private detention camps which only profit from the suffering of our immigrant families. NM must stop taking part of the deportation machine and end all contracts with private detention camps where immigrant families and children are being held captive and being killed.
“Today we demand our elected officials call for a review of the conditions of every detention camp in NM. Immigrant detention camps have a history of housing our communities under inhumane and deplorable conditions, medical neglect and violation of civil rights. Our elected officials must do everything in their power to expose the truth about immigrant detention camps.
“We call on Congress to Abolish ICE and CBP! Both rogue and abusive agencies who have not only separated millions of families like my own – after my father was deported for having a broken tail light– but they have also killed hundreds of people in the last 10 years.
“Today we demand: No more deaths, no more family separations, and no more suffering for our immigrant brothers and sisters!”
The New Mexico Dream Team is a statewide network committed to create power for multigenerational, undocumented, and mixed status families through trainings and leadership development. We work to engage our community and allies in becoming leaders using an intersectional, gender, and racial justice lens—to develop and implement an organizing and advocacy infrastructure for policy change fighting to dismantle systemic oppression.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.