In March, Alejandra Pablos was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was held in the Eloy Detention Center in Arizon for 43 days. Alejandra traveled to Arizona from Virginia for a scheduled check-in with ICE where she was subsequently detained. On April 19, Alejandra was released from the Eloy Detention Center after a judge granted her request for bond.
Alejandra is a vocal activist in Washington, D.C. who works at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health as the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network field coordinator, works with digital and grassroots social organizing hub Mijente, and is an abortion storyteller with We Testify, a program of the National Network of Abortion Funds. These organizations and groups, as well as others across the country, spoke out, organized, and raised funds to make Ale’s release happen.
Mijente launched a petition for Alejandra’s release that gained over 20,000 signatures and social justice activists and organizations from across the country wrote letters in support of Alejandra’s release. Supporters raised the necessary $8,000 to pay Alejandra’s bond on April 19.
Several organizations suspect Alejandra was detained due to her political activism and her participation at a protest outside the Department of Homeland Security just a few weeks before she was detained.
Media Resources: Rewire News 4/19/2018, 3/7/2018; USA Today AZ Central 4/19/2018; Mijente 4/19/2018