ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of undocumented transgender women being housed in a unit at the Cibola County Correctional Center were recently transferred to an out-of-state facility, without any advance notice or explanation offered to the women, according to Allegra Love, an attorney and director of the Santa Fe Dreamers Project.
The organization has been providing free legal services to the women held in what she called the “Trans Pod” at the jail, located in Milan, west of Grants, which has a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
The move impedes that legal assistance, Love said.
“Since the Trans Pod opened in the fall of 2017, we’ve been helping them bond out of jail, getting them paroled out, and helping them with their case files so they can get released as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Love said. “For some women, that’s a couple of months, and for some it’s a couple of years.”