Undocumented Woman Detained By Police While Seeking Help
News From The Huffington Post: Latino Voices
An undocumented woman in Texas was arrested by police while at the courthouse seeking a protective order from her physically abusive ex-boyfriend. Irvin Gonzalez, a 33-year-old transgender, was indicted by a grand jury on Friday for illegal reentry into the U.S.
The arrest, which occurred last month, sparked outrage at the time from domestic abuse victim advocates and immigration rights groups. Gonzalez has visited the El Paso courthouse at least 3 times to report alleged incidents of violence by her ex. Some fear Gonzalez’s arrest could potentially deter other undocumented abuse victims from reporting violence or other crimes for fear of a similar fate.