Activists Say Response to Transgender Woman's Rape in Eloy Detention Center Is Unacceptable

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Activists say authorities' response to the alleged rape of a transgender woman at an immigrant detention facility in Eloy was unacceptable.

Marichuy, whose legal name is Jesus Leal Gamino, claims she was sexually assaulted by her cellmate last month at the Eloy Detention Center, after she says she warned detention staff about getting threats from the cellmate. Activists speaking on her behalf say Marichuy still isn't safe from future assaults.

"Transgender people are not safe in their facility," Margie Diddams of the Arcoiris Liberation Team tells New Times.

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The Arcoiris Liberation Team works specifically on behalf of transgender immigrants, but Marichuy also has support from other groups, including the immigrant-rights group Puente, and the Transgender Law Center.

Marichuy is being housed at the facility while she fights her immigration case. Diddams says Marichuy had been complaining to guards at the facility -- which is managed by the Corrections Corporation of America -- about her cellmate's threats, but was told to "deal with it." After the alleged assault, she reported it, but says Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials tried to pressure her to sign a declaration that the sex was consensual.

New Times asked both ICE and CCA to respond to the specific allegations made by Marichuy and her supporters, but the written responses don't andress them.

CCA said the following:
The Eloy Detention Center is committed to the safety and dignity of every detainee in our care. We have a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. We take very seriously and investigate any reported allegations. Under our policy, any allegation of this nature is also reported to outside law enforcement so that an independent investigation can be conducted. We also notify our government partner, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE told us that the assault was reported to ICE, and was turned over to local authorities for investigation. ICE also pointed us to specific sexual abuse and assault prevention standards for facilities it contracts with, like the Eloy facility, and said the facility has been inspected and found to be in compliance with their standards.

ICE's statement reads:
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is firmly committed to providing for the safety and welfare of all those in its custody. ICE has a strict zero tolerance policy for any kind of abusive or inappropriate behavior in its facilities and takes any allegations of such mistreatment very seriously. The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General and ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility investigates all allegations of sexual abuse or other misconduct and takes appropriate action - whether it is pursuing criminal charges or administrative action - when such allegations are substantiated. Posters displayed in all ICE detention facilities direct detainees how to initiate a formal complaint. ICE meets routinely with nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders as a part of the agency's detention working groups. As a result of these discussions as well as the agency's overall detention reform efforts, ICE has issued formal guidance to address the care and housing of vulnerable and special needs detainees."
Although ICE assured us of steps they've taken to ensure the safety of vulnerable people in their custody, the activists point to one estimate that says LGBT detainees are 15 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.

"There isn't a safe place in detention for transgender detainees," Diddams says.

She says there haven't been any steps taken to assure Marichuy will be kept safe from future assaults.

The Arcoiris Liberation Team and other groups are calling for Marichuy's release from the facility while she fights her immigration case. ICE was unable to give us specifics on her case due to privacy laws.

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Brian Embree
Brian Embree

*hates most everyone in this thread.....like a baws.*

Seth Cannon
Seth Cannon

Sherrif Joe doesn't care what happens in his jails, his Deputies assault someone and he commends them for it, when are we FINALLY gonna get rid of this crook and get a sherif that's not SO corrupt (notice I said 'so', they're all a little corrupt hahaha)

Beth Eagan
Beth Eagan

This is why you shouldn't go to jail... I'm not saying it's right by any means, but when you're locked up with other criminals bad stuff is bound to happen despite the best protective measures. Try at all costs to NOT go to jail. Live a good life

Tony Hussey
Tony Hussey

Shoot the rapist, deport the illegal. Next case, please.

Nicole Goard
Nicole Goard

It scares the fuck out of me that people think rape is acceptable.

Shannon Welch
Shannon Welch

Ivana Olson I wish I could like your comment 100 times!

Shannon Welch
Shannon Welch

I hope your family, friends, and employers see every one of the comments made in support of rape, in jail or out.

Ivana Olson
Ivana Olson

It's your constitutional right to be an asshole and you're taking full advantage of it, you mean.

Maximus Silva
Maximus Silva

Really it's jail who doesn't get rapped in there? If u don't wanna worry about getting raped in jail DONT BREAK THE LAW AND GET PUT IN JAIL!!!! Durrrt

Derek Mason
Derek Mason

Tough shit if they're locked up they shouldn't get meds for a choice only y for life/death situations

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Buuuuuullshit, i can say what i want, i dont give a fuck, its my constitutional right, fool!

Maralynda Remalia
Maralynda Remalia

It is not acceptable to laugh about someone being raped. Nor is it acceptable to use quotes on the term woman or call a trans woman "he".

Kurt Kreiger
Kurt Kreiger

Horrible - but is rape of a transgender person worse than rape of anyone else in prison?

Pamela Stone Vozza
Pamela Stone Vozza

UNACCEPTABLE! No prisoner, regardless of gender, orientation, race or crime should have to be subjected to this.

Victor Manjarrez
Victor Manjarrez

If it's birth certificate says male it should be housed with males!! It's not a she it's a he or an it whatever you prefer!

Tim Fitchner
Tim Fitchner

He was born a man stop calling him a she idiots.s m h

Gary Trayler
Gary Trayler

No one gives a chit what an activist thinks

Jaffy
Jaffy

Well we know fishingblues did rape the person, fishingblues only likes raping little boys.

Cheryl Dunn
Cheryl Dunn

She commited the crime? Yes. Is the prison system a dumbass when it comes to gender education? Hell yeah! Plus they see and hear what they want to see and hear. America is screwed in every sense.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

Probably not a good idea to be a Transgender in jail or prison...

Jerk Cook
Jerk Cook

Cant do the time.....don't commit the crime.

Nicole Goard
Nicole Goard

Horrible and horrifying. Agreed with you Nathan.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Lol, im sure it did t happen cuz he was a "woman"

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

You go to jail to serve time for a criminal act. In no way does this mean you should also expect to be raped. Rape is a violent, criminal act and should be taken very seriously.

gaztoast
gaztoast

Now she would qualify for a U-Visa.

zserve90
zserve90

Sounds llike those dudes are smoking some serious crack

www.TotalAnon.tk

Jaffy
Jaffy

What ?!?....fishingblues got raped ?, oh my.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

 "There isn't a safe place in detention for transgender detainees,"


I'm thinking, if he was sent home, that might be a nice safe place.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Pam - You get the award for most reasonable and non-emotional post.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Jaffy


Hey, are you that guy jaffy that everyone loves?  Or are you just a loyal follower?  Perhaps you are simply a phony fuck?  

Maybe you are an illegal and stole an identity.

Golly, perhaps you are simply simple-minded.



looker
looker

Probably not a good idea to be in prison.

fishingblues
fishingblues

@Jaffy  Don't be silly, as you said before you can't rape the willing. BTW, are you and jjohn coming over later to.....well you know.

Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues you should be afraid, really god damn afraid. Your definition of "rational people" is becoming a less accepted definition everyday. 


People who are trans are getting more recognition and rights all the time. Your "rational" outlook is swiftly becoming an extinct outlook.


when you are the one spreading ignorance and hate, it is you who are the degenerate fuck. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Ryanne91 @fishingblues


"Transphobic"  Wow, is that another word you degenerate fucks have come up with to describe rational people?  


Gosh, I'm sooooo afraid.

AkaTed
AkaTed

@fishingblues This some's you up in one picture my friend to bad people such people as yourself are afraid of your own shadow


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Ryanne91 


So, if I might TRANSlate what you said -- we are going through a TRANSition and the TRANS are taking over the world?

Gosh, I better mind my Ps and Qs.

rainbowwarrior
rainbowwarrior

@fishingblues @Ryanne91 I have an idea, go to your car, park it in an enclosed place, close the door, and keep the motor running while you are still in it and prey to jesus.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@AkaTed


"This some's (sums) you up in one picture my friend (period) to (too and capitalized) bad people such people (nonsensical) as yourself (comma separating prepositional phrase) are afraid of your own shadow (period)


Fuck!   

Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues @Ryanne91 Oh my fuck, there is just no talking to you is there? I'm saying that trans people are finally starting to obtain equal rights. 


I'm also saying that calling a trans women "he" or a trans man "she" is becoming socially unacceptable. 


You can hold on to your ignorant and hateful thoughts that you mistake for being "rational" but society is just going to move on without you.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@WestonJames @fishingblues @Ryanne91


Here's how it works jimmy, words that intelligent people use to communicate can be found in a dictionary.  


Of course, morons, retards and terminally stupid people come up with their own nonsensical words. Is that what you were referring to?  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@rainbowwarrior @fishingblues @Ryanne91


Gosh twinkie, jesus has no balls.  Why would I pray to him?  


Are you advocating that I kill myself?  Golly, that's just mean.


Another twisted twink who is beginning to stink.


"rainbowwarrior" fuck, are you kidding me?  I bet you are soooo ferocious. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Ryanne91


Gosh ry, I was speaking biologically not socially.  So, are you saying, in your twisted world,  if one uses the scientific definition, that it is unacceptable.


However, using the simple-minded, emotional, made-up version is "socially acceptable" in your fantasy world? 


Golly, I'll try to do better.  But, thinking like a fucking moron sure is difficult.     

Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues 


I find it so cute how smart you think you are. You argue that calling someone by their preferred pronouns goes against science. Do you even know anything about basic psychology? 


Gender Identity Disorder is a very real phenomenon. If you study psychology more thoroughly you will find that gender is way more complicated than just Male and Female. It is just fucking cute how you think being open to all of these different and amazing people is simple-minded.


It is mind numbingly stupid how you condemn something you aren't going through. You can't possibly have the capacity to understand it because you don't have those feelings. 


I love just how badly you are loosing this argument and you don't even realize it. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Ryanne91 @fishingblues


Well golly ry, I have a degree in psychology and certainly am well versed in deviant behavior.  I would also lean toward science (biology) an not some made-up version of reality.  

Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues


I knew you would claim you have a degree in psychology. That is just desperate. Any respectable person in the field of psychology wouldn't be saying the horrible insulting shit you've been spouting. 


Try again.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Ryanne91 @fishingblues


Wow stupid, do you have ten grand you would like to wager?


As  to "horrible insulting shit", I have merely been passing on proven scientific fact.  I believe it is you who is living in the emotional fantasy world.  Reality doesn't change just because you so desperately want it to.


Fucking brain-dead moron.  

Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues @Ryanne91


Nah, I'd prefer you don't obtain my personal information. Even though I would win that bet. 


Anyone who actually deserves a degree in psychology wouldn't be a judgmental asshole like you. Any psychologist that would call someone a "Fucking brain-dead moron" isn't worthy of their degree. 


Your immature name calling is the "horrible insulting shit" I'm referring to. Your "proven scientific fact" is just a bunch of ignorant nonsense that you haven't even bothered to cite for the sake of credibility. . 


I actually see a therapist that contradicts everything you are saying. 


You are a disgusting liar.


Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues @Ryanne91


Yeah more name calling. Wonderful how you are causing your credibility to fail without me giving any effort.


I love how much I'm getting to you. Your increased hostility is a mark for how desperate you are getting.


as for the website you cited, nobody is denying the biology behind what determines sex. The dispute is one's gender identity. The mind doesn't always align with the sex one was assigned at birth. That doesn't mean that person is mentally ill, it means that their brain is wired more like their target gender. Sometimes hormones are needed for that person to acquire true happiness. 


No amount of the name calling, bullying, or attempted brainwashing that you seem to promote can change that. 


Why would I fire my therapist if she has helped me be immune to what uneducated bigots think? She has helped me be a happier and more authentic person. That should be the goal of any therapist which is another reason that your claim of having a degree in psychology is just comical. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Ryanne91 @fishingblues


$10,000.00 stupid!


I could give a shit if you listen to reason.  You are the one with the problem and in therapy.  Live whatever fantasy suits your twisted mind. 

Jazus!  Some people's kids!

Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues @Ryanne91


well I never accepted the bet, and you can't/didn't prove you have that degree. If you were really a psychologist, you would give a shit about my well being mentally. 


anyway, I think this is a good stopping point since you did just give me permission to live my "fantasy." Thanks.




Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues @Ryanne91


What a totally relevant comparison.


Anyway, it has been a pleasure Mr. fish. You may be an immature lying mental incompetent, but I do wish you the best and I hope you realize just how dumb your entire argument was from the start.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Ryanne91 @fishingblues


I thought it quite relevant also.  After all, we are all animals directed by chromosomes.


Now, let's address your outrageous accusations.


immature:  no shit, do you know many guys who aren't?


lying:  well you are a piece of shit for saying so.  I can back up everything I've said.  The fact that you don't like what I've said is meaningless.


mental:  you are the one with the issues, not I.


incompetent: wow, just flinging everything against the wall aren't you sweetie?  


dumb argument:  well hell yes. that is what makes it fun.  100% true nonetheless.  

Ryanne91
Ryanne91

@fishingblues @Ryanne91


Your mental incompetence is demonstrated by your failure to realize my sarcasm. It was a very irrelevant and stupid link to post.


You haven't backed up your claims and you are still preaching to the choir on the science of chromosomes and how they determine sex. 


What you fail to acknowledge is the only way to help people with Gender Identity Disorder is to align their body with their target gender. 


Glad to hear that you take pride in being immature. 


The hilarious part of this is you lose no matter what. No matter what you say or believe, trans women and trans men are still being taken seriously more often than not in this day and age. They are called their preferred pronouns by people that actually matter to them (not you), legally able to change their name and sex for any and all documents, and there are laws that protect against potential discrimination that someone like you would promote. 


Degree or no, you are vastly outnumbered by the real "rational" people that embrace and recognize a person's mental gender regardless of their assigned sex. 





fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Ryanne91 @fishingblues


Believe what you wish. Again, you are the one in therapy trying to come to grips with your problems.


I continue to speak from a purely scientific perspective.   I don't care about subjective evaluations, wishes and prayers, silly little fantasies, schizophrenic whack-jobs or political correctness.  


(I noted your attempt at sarcasm.  You failed to notice my making fun of it.)

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