Marichuy Leal Gamino

TLC Case | Issue area: Immigration

Year: 2015

Court: Federal

Status: Victory!

Content warning: Descriptions of sexual violence.

Marichuy Leal Gamino is a transgender woman who was detained by ICE for over a year at the for-profit private Eloy detention center in Arizona. At Eloy, she was imprisoned with men and was raped by her cellmate. While in detention Marichuy reported experiencing sexual harassment, bullying, lewd comments, and threats of rape for weeks. After reporting the rape, she was put in solitary confinement and told it was for her own safety. ICE proved that they couldn’t hold trans women with the bare minimum of safety and dignity. 

Over 60 organizations collaborated on a push to free Marichuy over the course of several months. She was released on bond, and organizations crowdfunded money to pay her bond.

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