Tell ICE to #FreeKelly!

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Kelly is a 23-year-old transgender asylum seeker who has been locked up in immigration jail for 2+ years. Kelly is suffering medical neglect and was put in solitary confinement for four months solely because of her gender identity. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has the power to release her immediately but refuses to let her go.

During her early childhood, Kelly survived beatings and psychological abuse from her own family. She fled to Mexico at 12 years old seeking safety but instead became a victim of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Kelly escaped to the U.S. when she was 17. She was briefly locked up in immigration jail and when she was released, she found a lawyer to help her apply for asylum. But, Kelly’s lawyer never told her about her appointment at the asylum office. While her asylum case was still pending, Kelly was arrested. Although she has never been convicted of any charges, ICE transferred Kelly to immigration detention immediately.

Kelly is suffering tremendously, both physically and mentally. Additionally, her unnecessarily prolonged detention is exacerbating the trauma she has experienced as a domestic violence and human trafficking survivor. 

During her 2+ years in detention, Kelly has never been given a bond hearing. All Kelly wants is to live safely and without fear. Unfortunately, there are many more transgender individuals like Kelly who are unjustly locked up in immigration jail while they apply for asylum, and are experiencing inhumane treatment because of their gender identity.

Kelly needs your help. Sign the petition to demand that ICE use its discretion to #FreeKelly now!