Send a solidarity message to trans asylum seeker Kelly Gonzalez Aguilar
Kelly Gonzalez Aguilar, a 23-year-old transgender woman, fled Honduras, where she experienced violence because of her gender identity. She traveled to the United States and was released from immigration detention on July 14, 2020 after spending almost three years in detention.
Kelly was detained for two years and 11 months. While in detention, she feared becoming infected by COVID-19 because of the inadequate measures taken by authorities to protect detainees and staff from the virus. She told Amnesty that, “our lives are in danger because there are people here who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and there is nothing we can do. More detainees keep coming and going. This is a time bomb for our lives. We pray that someone will do something.”
Kelly is one of many transgender women being held in immigration detention in the US, where they risk ill-treatment because of their gender identity, and because of COVID-19.
Amnesty and other organizations advocated for Kelly's release. Her release on July 14, 2020 is attributed to our collective activism!
Kelly is now safe with her supporters. While we no longer need to advocate for her release, letters of support are welcome, and will be hung on the walls of her new bedroom.
Please send a message to Kelly to let her know that she wasn't alone while in detention, and she isn't alone now!
Send Kelly a note of support, or a drawing to brighten her day. Kelly speaks Spanish, but if you send her messages in English, someone will translate them for her.
Please mail your message to:
Kelly Gonzalez Aguilar
5721 Genoa Street
Oakland, CA, 94608 USA