National Center for Transgender Equality, United We Dream, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), National Lawyers Guild, Immigration Equality, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Transgender Law Center, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, The National Council of Jewish Women, Southerners On New Ground, Human Rights Watch, The National LGBTQ Task Force, National Center for Lesbian Rights, COLOR Latina, Entre Hermanos, Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA), Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigrant Justice Center, Young Women United, Just Detention International.
“The letter Representatives Grijalva and Honda are sending today is an important acknowledgement of the terrible conditions so many are facing in detention centers across the country. Locking up women and men in dangerous detention centers simply to await a civil court hearing is unnecessary, costly, and dangerous. And it is simply immoral and unacceptable for vulnerable groups like LGBT immigrants. Many are torture and rape survivors seeking safety, and too many are raped or abused again in US detention. ICE knows they are simply not safe. There are other options, and ICE should use them.”
“Today’s Congressional letter authored by Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Mike Honda (D-CA) urging DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to act swiftly and decisively on behalf of Transgender women and other LGBTQ people currently detained is a step in the right direction. As we further the rights of LGBTQ people in this country, we must not forget of our LGBTQ immigrant community who continue to be disproportionately affected by abuse, including sexual assault, while in immigration detention.”
“We commend Representatives Grijalva and Honda for their leadership on this issue. This letter should demonstrate to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that these human rights abuses on American soil are unacceptable and must end immediately. The U.S. government must stop housing transgender women in male detention facilities, must ensure the respectful and humane treatment of LGBT immigrants, and must stop deporting LGBT individuals to countries where they are fundamentally unsafe.”