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Aug 22 2015


Florence, AZ

Nicoll Hernandez-Polanco, a Guatamalen transgender woman, came to the United States in October 2014 after surviving hate based harassment and violence in her home country. When she presented her case to the border patrol she was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers for past US deportations that occurred when she was an unaccompanied minor. For several months she faced discrimination, abuse, sexual harassment, even solitary confinement while incarcerated in an all male detention facility awaiting her court date.

Julio Salgado set to work designing a poster to raise awareness of her cruel and unjust circumstances for detention. The image was adorned with a hashtag and slogan demanding her release. It was made popular in distribution across various social media platforms worldwide. In April of 2015, Hernandez-Polanco was released from the ICE detention center in Florence, AZ and granted asylum in the United States.

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