Earlier today we submitted a complaint to ICE regarding the bullying and intimidation NC Dreamer Felipe Mendoza (A# 206-252-347) is suffering while detained at Otay Detention Facility. Read below for the full statement: 

To Whom It May Concern:
 
The NC Dream Team has been in contact with the family of Felipe de Jesus Molina Mendoza (A# 206-252-347), who is, presently, detained at the Otay Detention Facility in San Diego, California. Felipe is awaiting a response regarding his request for asylum. 
 
Felipe is, currently, suffering bullying and harassment by detention center staff. His family in Durham, North Carolina is very concerned for his physical and mental well-being. We are filing this complaint regarding the treatment Felipe is receiving in detention, which goes against Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention guidelines. 
 
Felipe suffered intimidation and bullying from detention center staff on Friday, April 4th, 2014 when he was called outside of his cell. Officer Perry, Manager of Unit BG at the Otay Detention Facility called Felipe, in addition to two other detainees, out of their rooms and asked if they were gay. When Felipe and the others said yes, Officer Perry went on to insult them. Officer Perry yelled that the detainees were touching each other based on accusations by Officer M. Carini. Felipe denied the allegations and asked for proof. (The detention facility is equipped with surveillance cameras that can reveal what transpired.) Officer Perry, however, got louder, told Felipe to shut up and stop talking and threatened to put him and the other detainees in solitary confinement. Since that day, Felipe is afraid and anxious of being sent to isolation for being gay, the very reason he is requesting asylum in the first place. 
 
ICE has full knowledge of Felipe’s sexual orientation and the bullying, intimidation and harassment he has experienced in Mexico and is seeking refuge from. Testimony of this has, already, been provided in his credible fear interviews. To continue with his detention at this time without addressing the treatment he has received by staff at the Otay Detention Facility is a serious violation of human rights.
ICE has yet to issue a response. In the meantime, Felipe fears being sent to solitary confinement or another form of retaliation. This is a call to any and all organizations in North Carolina who stand for the rights of those who identify as LGBT. Felipe needs your help. You can call his sister Evelynth at (919) 884-5316 or email her at evelynth07@gmail.com. The family is currently seeking statements of support from various organizations as well as the support of their congressman, GK Butterfield. To date, Congressman Butterfield has also failed to support Felipe’s plight back home to Durham, North Carolina. Read more details about Felipe’s story and sign the petition online at http://action.dreamactivist.org/bringthemhome/northcarolina/felipe/
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