LGBT and immigrant gruops protest in Los Angeles
A coalition of LGBT, immigrant and civil rights organizations rally in front of the Los Angeles Immigrations and Customs Enforcement district office to protest the rape of a transgender woman who was housed with men in a detention center in Arizona, Thursday, August 7, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. Marichuy Leal Gamino is a 23-year-old transgender woman who has spent more than a year living in an immigration detention facility, housed with men. Though she spent most of her life growing up in Arizona, she was born a Mexican citizen, making her an undocumented immigrant. After repeatedly experiencing harassment and threats of abuse, she says she was sexually assaulted last week by her cellmate. When she reported the abuse to the staff of the for-profit facility, they allegedly responded by asking her to sign a statement claiming that she had consented. The group request that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson order the release and care of Marichuy Leal Gamino.
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