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Free Alejandra from Immigration Detention!

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Help Alejandra Leave Immigration Detention!

We are fundraising to post Alejandra's bond so that she can get out of detention and reunite with her aunt in Colorado! 

Alejandra is a 22 year-old lesbian from El Salvador. She fled her home due to persecution for her sexual orientation and came to the US seeking asylum. Since arriving in the US, she has been incarcerated in a privately-run, for-profit detention center in Eloy, AZ. Like too many other asylum-seekers, she has been given an unjustly high bond. 

A judge has set Alejandra's bond at $20,000, which is far more than her family could ever afford. Bonds given in the courts in Eloy are some of the highest in the nation. 

Getting Alejandra out of detention means that she can continue to pursue her asylum claim with the support of her family and her community. 

We have been visiting with Alejandra as volunteers with Mariposas Sin Fronteras. Alejandra is a wonderful, friendly, outgoing person who is quick to smile and share a joke. She loves music, and lives for moments when we can talk to her on the phone and play her favorite songs over the line for her to hear. We have been inspired by how hard she has worked to keep her spirits up, and how she has rooted for the other women in detention with her. 

We are trying to raise the full amount of her bond, so that Alejandra doesn't have to use an exploitative bail bond company. If we are unable to raise $20,000, Alejandra will be forced to use Nexus, a company that will then require her to pay hundreds of dollars a month (that she will never get back) for the "privilege" of wearing an ankle monitor. Nexus is currently under investigation by the NY Attorney General, who is trying to have the Nexus CEO arrested. **

Every day that she stays in detention CCA, the company that runs Eloy, makes a profit. In 2017 CCA and Geo Group combined had annual revenues exceeding $4 billion. Detainees have the "option" to work for $1.75/ day in Eloy, doing full shifts in the kitchen, cleaning, or sewing. Detainees are not given enough food, forcing them to have to buy extra food from the commissary.  Making phone calls is expensive, and medical care is inadequate.  Suicide and death rates at Eloy are some of the highest among prisons in the country. 

Alejandra is looking forward reuniting with her aunt in Colorado, and being able to live her life openly and participate in her community.  She hopes to be able to return to school when she gets out. 

Let's help Alejandra get out of detention and reunited with her loving community!!!


About us: We are Katie and Carolyn, volunteers with Mariposas sin Fronteras. MSF is an organization in Arizona that supports LGBTQ people affected by immigration detention and fights to end detention. We met Alejandra through the Mariposas sin Fronteras visitation program at Eloy. Once the money is raised, Katie will be writing a check to DHS for Alejandra's bond, and going to the local ICE office to deposit it. Alejandra will be released immediately after that. 


**You can read more about Nexus' horrible practices here: 

https://www.univision.com/univision-news/immigration/company-that-bails-out-immigrants-is-accused-of-abusive-and-fraudulent-tactics

https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2018/12/07/nexus-immigration-trouble-jail-ceo-attorney-general/2225470002/
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Great news – Alejandra is free!!!!!!!!!!! We posted Alejandra's bond on Tuesday, 3/20 and she was released from Eloy Detention Center!!!! She's currently on her way to Colorado, where she will be reuniting with her aunt.

We wanted to thank you all for your donations and support, which made Alejandra's freedom possible. With your donations, along with contributions from the Freedom Fund and the Mariposas sin Fronteras bail fund, we exceeded our goal of $20,000. The extra money, along with any other money that comes in, is going to Alejandra's expenses as she starts her new life (a bus ticket to Colorado, a phone, and some clothes) and the GoFundMe fees.

It's totally wrong and unjust that ICE kept Alejandra in detention until she was able to pay $20,000 – and unfortunately, it's happening to thousands of other people as well. If you're interested in knowing about future fundraisers or opportunities to support people in immigration detention, you can email us at ko.miles at gmail.com.

Alejandra is deeply grateful for, and quite blown away by, the support she has received from all of you. Thank you again, from all of us!
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We hit $20,000!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated!!! We are processing the money now, and Alejandra will be out of Eloy very soon!
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Wow!!! We are so close to hitting our goal of $20,000! If we raise over $20,000, we'll be able to cover the GFM fees and pay for some of the expenses Alejandra will have in starting her new life: a bus ticket from Arizona to Colorado, clothes, a phone, etc.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and shared! Let's close the gap and get Alejandra out!!!
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Exciting update!! We are less than $2,000 away from getting Alejandra out of Eloy!!

Alejandra needs to get out of Eloy before March 25th. If we don't post her bond before the 25th, she can lose her opportunity to post it, and she will have to attend her asylum hearing at the court inside of Eloy, where her chances of winning her asylum case, without a lawyer to represent her, are extremely slim.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are so close – with just $1,699 more in donations, Alejandra will be free!
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