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  1. Last week, Ervin Gonzalez, an undocumented El Paso woman and domestic abuse survivor, was ambushed and arrested inside a courthouse just as the judge was granting her a protective order from her abuser.1

    It gets worse: her attorneys believe that it was her abuser who tipped federal immigration agents about her undocumented status. This likely violates provisions in the Violence Against Women Act.2

    This is horrifying and should not have happened. Undocumented survivors already avoid reporting their abusers for fear of deportation or being separated from their children.

    This is not who we are. It’s up to us to stand together to protect each other.

    The good news is that this story has gotten widespread attention overnight. Immigration officials have discretionary authority–that means they can choose to release Gonzalez and stop targeting immigrant survivors. If thousands of us generate enough outrage while this story is still in the headlines, immigration officials will be pressured to release Gonzalez and stop targeting survivors of violence for deportation.

    Tell U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan: Release Ervin Gonzalez. Stop targeting survivors of domestic abuse!
    Sign the petition

    Donald Trump is making good on his promise to deport immigrants and tear up families. Just last week, hundreds of immigrants across six states were ambushed in their homes and at work to be deported.3

    Even El Paso officials were alarmed that immigration agents picked up Gonzalez–El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar said the “fact that this occurred in a protective-order court is shocking.”4

    But Gonzalez and immigrant survivors are supposed to be protected by the federal Violence Against Women Act, which protects immigrant survivors from detention and deportation. Certain provisions protect immigrant survivors from being reported by their abuser and from being detained in a courthouse when reporting their abuse. And as a transgender woman, Gonzalez faces an especially horrific time into detention–transgender women are either kept in solitary confinement or are forced in detention with men, making them a target for sexual assault.5

    Yesterday, the public successfully took out one of Trump’s cabinet picks for domestic abuse charges.6 Right now, the administration doesn’t want to be seen as a predator to women and survivors. If enough of us speak out against Trump’s deportation machine for targeting abused women, we can force Gonzalez’s release and stop immigration officials from targeting survivors.

    Will you sign the petition to the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement now?

    https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/el-paso-ice/?t=1&akid=4134.1176117.J60kiK

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team

    Sources:

    1. ICE detains alleged domestic violence victim, El Paso Times, February 15, 2017

    2. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Confidentiality Provisions at DHS, Department of Homeland Security, accessed February 16, 2017

    3. Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states, Washington Post, February 11, 2017

    4. Report: ICE detains domestic violence victim in court, The Hill, February 15, 2016

    5. Transgender Women Fear Abuse in Immigration Detention, New York Times, January 10, 2017

    6. Andrew Puzder withdraws as a labor secretary nominee, CNN, February 15, 2017

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