Maura, a 42-year-old transgender woman from Nicaragua, has spent half her life living in the United States. She sought safety in the US after experiencing relentless transphobic violence in Mexico after leaving Nicaragua at a young age. In the US, she attend high school, and then found work in the hospitality industry and built a community that accepts her.
But instead of offering Maura protection, US authorities detained her, and she has spent more than two years at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Otay Mesa Detention Center in California. In detention she has experienced abuse, a lack of adequate medical care, and possible exposure to COVID-19.