LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE three times
MORE LIKELY TO BE JAILED.

at risk of abuse,
many CAN'T AFFORD BAIL.

WE GET THEM OUT.

 
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The Freedom Fund posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of people in jail and immigration detention.


We work to build a critical mass against the mass detention of LGBTQ individuals.


 

mass incarceration: an LGBTQ issue


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American adults has a criminal record and sexual minorities
are three times more likely to be incarcerated.



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transgender prisoners are sexually abused.



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homeless children are LGBTQ and
half of homeless people experience incarceration.

 

 
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bail OUTS

We post bond to secure the safety and liberty of low-income individuals in U.S. jails and immigration facilities, with focus on LGBTQ people.

Detained, even for a day, an individual is at risk of violence and losing employment, custody of children, and housing. Most suicides in jail occur within the first week.

While those with means are released from confinement, those in poverty face only injurious choices: languish at risk, or accept deportation or a guilty plea to get out of jail—often to crimes they didn’t commit.

For those in need, we provide case management and medical-legal-social services linkages.

 
 

 

where We’ve paid bail

Freedom Fund posted bail for people awaiting case disposition in states highlighted in purple.

Freedom Fund posted bail for people awaiting case disposition in states highlighted in purple.

 

 
 

lgbtq criminalization

Because of whom they love, a tangle of discrimination and poverty disproportionately traps LGBTQ people in cycles of crime and incarceration.

The sweep of criminalization is extraordinary. At some point in their lives, 70 percent of low-income LGBTQ people are homeless by some estimates, and half of homeless people will be incarcerated.

The impact is disproportionately felt by transgender, brown, and black individuals.

In the decade following the passage of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), around two million individuals were sexually assaulted in confinement—half are estimated to be LGBTQ. LGBTQ youth in detention are 12 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.

Sexual minorities are three times more likely to be incarcerated than heterosexual individuals.

 

 
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lgbtq immigrants

We pay bail to secure the freedom of LGBTQ migrants, nearly all of whom are fleeing anti-queer violence in their home countries.

With same-sex sexual activity illegal in over 70 nations, U.S. immigration detention is disproportionately felt by LGBTQ folks.

We’ve freed detainees from countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and violence-wracked nations like Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.

This freedom not only keeps queer migrants safe from abuse but improves case outcomes — those free are more likely to get counsel and those with representation are more likely to win their cases.

Problematically, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) often uses its discretion to detain queer individuals.

In one 2015 study, ICE held 90 percent of LGBTQ immigrants when its automated system recommended detention of 18 percent; ICE held the general population against recommendation only about 16 percent of the time.

 
 
 

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