No More Deaths! Release Trans Detainees Now!

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As We Mourn the Death of Johana Medina, We Demand the Release of Our Trans & Immigrant Communities from ICE Detention Camps

For Immediate Release
Contact: Bruna Bouhid | | 202.850.0812


Seattle, WA & Washington, D.C. – On the first day of Pride and Immigrant Heritage Month,  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took another life.  This time of our trans sister Johana Medina. Medina died in the hands of Trump’s deportation force which routinely locks up  trans and queer people in solitary confinement and neglects and denies medical attention for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Johana’s death is a heartbreaking way to begin a month meant to celebrate our resilience and authenticity, but her death will not be forgotten. We demand that ICE and CBP release trans migrants and all people from their custody. Immigrant detention camps have a history of housing our communities under inhumane and deplorable conditions.

Monserrat Padilla, an undocu-trans leader of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and of United We Dream, said:

“Pride Month is a commemoration of our communities’ resilience to protect our LGBTQ siblings from state sponsored violence bringing us back to the Stonewall Riots. As trans & queer people arrive to this country, fleeing persecution and violence for simply living their truth, it is critical that they have access to medical care, that they are treated humanely, and that they have a fair chance at the asylum process.

Johana Medina’s death at the hands of ICE & CBP is a tragedy in our LGBTQ & immigrant community. The deportation agencies, including for-profit detention camps, that continue to place our transgender community in danger must immediately release all of our community now!”

Alejandra Coreas, an undocu-queer leader and organizer with United We Dream in Washington, D.C., said:

“The death of Johana Medina on the first day of Pride and Immigrant Heritage Month comes as another loss to not only the immigrant community, but to the queer community as well. One death is too many; one person locked up in a detention camp is too many.

We will draw on the courageous spirit and power of Johana Medina and Roxsana Hernandez, who left their homes in search of a better life, and the countless more trans and queer ancestors who have been taken from us so that we can create the world that they deserved: one of dignity, love, authenticity, and justice. We’ll continue to organize and unite against the terror that ICE and CBP inflicts on us because we are trans, queer, and here to stay!”


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.