Act Today to Support the Release of Ekundayo!

Posted March 28, 2014 by The Rainbow Defense Fund
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Ekundayo is a 40-year old gay man from Nigeria who has been held in immigration prison in Eloy Detention Center for eight months. In Nigeria, Ekundayo’s cousins discovered that he was gay, beat him severely, and turned him over to the police. The police tortured him for weeks, beating him in the genitals and mutilating him. A family member took pity on him and bonded him out, but when he returned home he had been disowned and all of his belongings had been sold. Ekundayo made his way to Gabon where people told him that the only way he would be safe as a gay man was to request asylum in the United States. He was smuggled aboard a ship and kept secretly in the hold for three months until the ship docked in Mexico. Ekundayo then hitchhiked and walked across Mexico to reach the United States in spite of walking with a crutch because he was crippled by polio as a child. When he reached the San Isidro port-of-entry in California, he asked for asylum. He was taken into ICE custody and transferred to Eloy Detention Center.

As Ekundayo said in one recent letter, “You know that once somebody is deprived of his freedom, the person is incomplete until he regains his liberty.” Ekundayo is desperate to be released from detention where he has been harassed because of his sexual orientation and has not been provided with any significant medical treatment for his deteriorating physical condition. Ignoring the reasons for his flight from Nigeria, an immigration judge set a $5000 bond for him last week because he has no family in the U.S. Community members have offered their homes to Ekundayo and local legal and health clinics have offered him free services once he is released, but we need your help to get him out! Please donate to the Rainbow Defense Fund for Ekundayo via the Paypal link below
or mail checks payable to

Fondo Arcoiris / The Rainbow Fund

317 W. 23rd St.

Tucson, AZ 85713

(pay to the order of “Corazón de Tucson”, memo line: “Rainbow Defense–Ekundayo”)

THANK YOU!

 

Please Donate Today for David’s bond via Paypal

Posted March 27, 2014 by The Rainbow Defense Fund
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David Ferreira Shubremman, is a 32 year-old sweet and passionate gay man from Brazil. He needs your support!

David is detained in Florence Detention Center since October 2013. He is experiencing intense harassment and abuse in detention. He is seeking asylum due to persecution based on his sexual orientation.

An immigration judge granted David a $2,500 bond on March 26th, 2014.

We are close! Please take action and donate funds to have David released from detention. Your support will directly contribute to having one person no longer exposed to the systematic abuses LGBTQ people face in immigration detention.

Fondo Arcoiris / The Rainbow Fund

317 W. 23rd St.

Tucson, AZ 85713

(pay to the order of “Corazón de Tucson”, memo line: “David’s Bond”)

Karla, Vanessa, Tania, and Jeovany all out!

Posted March 5, 2014 by The Rainbow Defense Fund
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Thanks for your support!  Since our last post Karla, Vanessa, and Jeovany were all bonded out with support of the Rainbow Defense Fund and Tania won her case and was released without bond!

After our campaign to raise money for Karla and Vanessa, who were bonded out on the same day, we had the cash on hand to bond out Jeovany the day after we met with him, the same day that his partner, Tania, learned she had won her case and was going to be released.  They were so happy to be released together!

Jeovany, Stephanie, Tania, and Raul upon Jeovany and Tania's release!

Jeovany, Stephanie, Tania, and Raul upon Jeovany and Tania’s release!

Thanks for the amazing support!

Posted October 25, 2013 by The Rainbow Defense Fund
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Over halfway there! $6235 out of $10,000 raised

Posted October 25, 2013 by The Rainbow Defense Fund
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Help us raise final $3765 to get Karla and Vanessa out of detention!  They can be released as soon as we have the money!

Please donate to the Rainbow Defense Fund detainee bond today!

• Pay pal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=49GTVBXQ9RF76&lc=US&item_name=Rainbow%20Defense%20Fund&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

• Or mail checks to:
The Rainbow Defense Fund
127 N. Palomas Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745

Pay to the order of “Restoration Project, Florence” –
Memo line: “Rainbow Defense Fund”.

Bond Support for Vanessa and Karla– Two Transgender Detainees in Immigration Custody

Posted September 28, 2013 by The Rainbow Defense Fund
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*The Rainbow Defense Fund*
Please support!

The Rainbow Defense Fund seeks to raise funds for the bond release of LGBTQ detainees in immigration detention centers in Florence, Arizona.

Currently, we have two friends that have received a bond, that if they are paid, they can be released! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Vanessa Martinez
“Hello, my name is Vanessa Martinez. I am from Honduras. I have been in immigration detention for 2 years now. I am a 40 year-old transgender (male to female) loving and sensible person. I had a harsh childhood that included living in poverty, not knowing my mother until I was 14 years-old, not attending school, and facing discrimination and aggression due to my transgender identity. I also have a serious medical condition; I was diagnosed with diabetes. Getting deported to Honduras could mean a death sentence for me since I do not have access to medical treatment there. My dream is to open a home for homeless children and the elderly, so that no child or elder ever have to go through what I have endured. I was recently granted a bond hearing, and the judge gave me a $7,500 bond. If I pay this I can be free from detention. Hopefully, you are able to spread the word. Thank you!”

Karla Salazar
Karla is a fabulous, funny and sweet transgender youth from El Salvador. She dreams of living, working, and studying in the United States. Karla is detained in the Florence Detention Center. Since Karla is transgender, she is more vulnerable and marginalized at the men’s facility where she is currently detained in. She has applied for political asylum on the basis of persecution due to her sexual orientation.
The good news is a judge granted her a bond for $4,500. Her friend from New York has fundraised $2,000—all Karla needs is $2,500 to be released while her asylum case is pending.
This is where we need your support!

Please take action and donate funds to have Vanessa and Karla released from detention. They must pay their bond as soon as possible or risk prolonged detention. Your support will directly contribute to having two people no longer exposed to the systematic abuses LGBTQ prisoners face in immigration detention.

Please take action, donate and spread the word so these fabulous people can be released from detention. Your support will directly contribute to having people no longer exposed to the systematic abuses LGBTQ prisoners face in immigration detention.

• Please donate to the Rainbow Defense Fund detainee bond today!

• Pay pal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=49GTVBXQ9RF76&lc=US&item_name=Rainbow%20Defense%20Fund&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

• Or mail checks to:
The Rainbow Defense Fund
127 N. Palomas Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745

Pay to the order of “Restoration Project, Florence” –
Memo line: “Rainbow Defense Fund”.

Thank you!
-The Rainbow Defense Fund

Deadline extended! Bond hearing changed to Monday, Feb 4! $1200 to go!

Posted January 29, 2013 by The Rainbow Defense Fund
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