Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Big Step In The Right Direction

If you are trans, an undocumented alien and were picked up by ICE that was almost like a death sentence because of the harassment and violence you faced in detention centers.
Immigration officials to start sending transgender women to the middle of Texas
Fusion
By Jorge Rivas
May 23, 2016

U.S. immigration officials are opening a new detention facility in Texas that will include a unit specifically created for transgender individuals, Fusion has confirmed.

“The facility is expected to house about 700 detainees, including a separate 36-bed unit for transgender individuals,” said Carl Rusnok, a spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)

ICE says the Prairieland Detention Center will open in November in Alvarado, Texas, and will operate with the agency’s most advanced care guidelines for transgender detainees. Each detainee will have an individualized detention plan “covering items such as searches, clothing options, hygiene practices, medical care, and housing assignments,” Rusnok said.
For many trans people they are fleeing violence and oppression in their native country; they are fleeing for their lives. When they get here many are seeking political asylum and are placed in a men’s detention center where they face more violence, this should help stop the violence.

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