A transgender woman who was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after allegedly attempting to board a flight with a fake passport has filed a lawsuit against the city.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court says that Transgender People of Color, a national organization of trans people of color, was forced to pay the city $5,000 to cover the cost of her detention and legal fees.
The transgender woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to fly with a fraudulent passport.
She was being held on $5 million bail after her arrest and was expected to be released after her first court appearance on Friday.
The Transgender People for Freedom (TPGF) said in a statement that the group is “deeply disappointed” with the outcome of the case.TPGE is the national organization for trans people who are Black, Latino, Asian, and LGBTQ.
The group claims that police and immigration officials mistreated the transgender woman.
She is a U.S. citizen who is also a trans woman of color.
The organization also claims that the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration, has a “history of targeting trans people” and that the immigration enforcement system has a history of targeting people of colour and women.TEGAF claims that “an undocumented woman is in the custody of ICE for attempting to enter the United States illegally, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”
The lawsuit claims that ICE “frequently sends undocumented immigrants back to their countries of origin” for their “inadmissibility.”
According to the group, TPGE was also in contact with the city of Los Angeles over the case, which the group said was “not the first time the city’s police department has made baseless, baseless arrests of transgender people of Color and their allies.”