CHICAGO — Last December, Nina Chaubal was returning home after a very long fundraising trip for Trans Lifeline , when she was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not being able to immediately provide her marriage certificate to authorities when they questioned her citizenship at a random checkpoint in Arizona.
As a result, she spent a week including New Year’s Eve 2016 in a for-proit I.C.E. detention facility notorious for its abuses against undocumented immigrants and trans women.
Thanks to all of her friends, and supporters of Trans Lifeline, we were able to get her out ASAP by flooding the facility and I.C.E. staff with phone calls and emails demanding her release 24/7, but she needs your help one more time. She has been granted a visa to stay in the U.S. so the case may be dismissed before the court date, but we are living in a new era under 45 where the normal rules don’t apply and people seem to be deported for no reason whatsoever.
On top of all this, we received a call on the hotline from an I.C.E. facility last week asking if they could list Trans Lifeline as a resource for people as they are released from the facility. With this act, I.C.E. themselves confirmed that Nina Chaubal belongs here and has provided a much needed resource to the trans community and society at large.
Her court appearance is scheduled for 9:00 AM but we know these things can last all day, so be prepared for a long day of solidarity, supporting our community, and raising hell.
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