Help Free Esteban

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Raised by 48 people in 3 months
(versión en español abajo)

Transcend Arizona is working with Esteban, a gay Zapotec indigenous man from Mexico who is detained in Eloy, Arizona. Esteban has been living in the Phoenix area for about 17 years and is a respected member of the community. Only a bond of $5000 separates Esteban from the chance to be free from immigration detention so he can be home with his two dogs.

In his own words:

"I am Esteban. I extend a huge greeting and hug to the entire LGBT community. I come from an indigenous group called the Zapotecs, from a family surrounded by extreme poverty. When I was nine years old, I decided to leave my grandparents' house because I wanted to continue my studies. When I was a teenager, I started to feel attracted to my own sex. That was when I started to suffer discrimination at school and the contempt of my family because in my country people are very machista (sexist or masculine-chauvinist). I moved to Mexicali and that's where I had the worst experience. Some men attacked me and left me to die. I am alive by a miracle. I almost lost my life. That's why I had to flee. I am now in the CoreCivic detention center in Eloy, Arizona. I have been here for 7 long months of waiting until this month I was able to get a bond of $5000. I ask you to please help me follow my dreams. I don't want to be deported, I want to live and be able to fulfill my dreams of learning English and being able to help other people. What I want most is to walk freely and have a job. I will be grateful to you for the rest of my life."

Esteban is fighting in court to be able to stay in the US, a process which can take years. Now, with a bond, he has a chance to get out and fight his case on the outside, surrounded by supportive community.

Please become a donor today to help Esteban get free from immigration detention. Once the money is raised, he could be free within 24 hours. Every contribution counts!

Transcend Arizona is a grassroots trans and LGB migrant community collective working towards liberation from all cages and borders.

Any amount that is raised in excess of Esteban's bond will go directly to pay the bonds of other trans and LGB migrants. When his bond is returned at the end of immigration proceedings, 100% of the funds will go directly to pay the bonds of other trans and LGB migrants.

The fundraiser amount is somewhat higher than the bond amount so that we can cover processing fees.

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Transcend Arizona está colaborando con Esteban, un mexicano gay de la etnia zapoteca que está detenido en Eloy, Arizona. Esteban lleva aproximadamente 17 años viviendo en  Phoenix y es un respetado miembro de la comunidad. Sólo una fianza de $5000 separa a Esteban de la posibilidad de estar libre de la detención inmigratoria.

En sus propias palabras:

"Yo soy Esteban. Un enorme saludo y abrazo a toda la comunidad LGBT. Soy originario de un grupo indígena llamado zapotecos, de una familia rodeada de extrema pobreza. A los nueve años, yo decidí irme de la casa de mis abuelos porque quería seguir estudiando. En mi adolescencia, despertó ese gusto por mi propio sexo. Fue cuando empecé a sufrir la discriminación en la escuela y el desprecio de mi familia ya que en mi país son muy machistas. Me mudé a Mexicali y ahí es donde tuve la peor experiencia. Unos hombres me atacaron y me dejaron abandonado a mi suerte. Yo estoy vivo por un milagro. Casi pierdo la vida. Por eso tuve que huir. Ahora me encuentro en la detencion de CoreCivic en Eloy, Arizona. Yo he estado por 7 largos meses de espera hasta que en este mes pude obtener una fianza de $5000 dólares. Yo les pido que colaboren por favor para yo seguir con mis sueños. No quiero ser deportado, quiero vivir y poder realizar mis sueños de aprender inglés y poder ayudar a otras personas. Lo que más deseo es caminar libremente y tener un trabajo. Se los voy a agradecer toda la vida."

Esteban está luchando en la corte para poder quedarse en Estados Unidos, un proceso que puede demorar años. Ahora, con una fianza, tiene la oportunidad de salir y pelear su caso desde afuera, rodeado de una comunidad solidaria.

Por favor, done hoy para ayudar a Esteban a salir de la detención inmigratoria. Una vez que se recaude el dinero, podría estar libre dentro de 24 horas. ¡Cada donación cuenta!

Transcend Arizona es un colectivo comunitario de migrantes transgénero y LGB que lucha por la liberación de nuestra comunidad de todas las jaulas y fronteras.

Cualquier cantidad que se recaude en exceso de la fianza de Esteban se destinará directamente a pagar las fianzas de otros migrantes trans y LGB. Cuando su fianza sea devuelta al final del procedimiento de inmigración, el 100% de los fondos se destinará directamente a pagar las fianzas de otros migrantes trans y LGB.

El valor de la campaña de recaudación de fondos es un poco mayor que el valor de la fianza para poder cubrir los gastos de procesamiento.
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