Nataly (he/him), a Salvadoran trans DV and trafficking survivor, earned his parole from the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). CDCR plans to transfer Nataly to ICE for deportation. Urge Gov. Newsom to stop Nataly’s transfer to ICE.
Nataly is a Salvadoran transgender domestic violence and trafficking survivor who was found eligible for release by the Board of Parole Hearing (BPH) on March 14, 2023. Despite BPH recognizing Nataly’s transformation and rehabilitation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCr) plans to turn Nataly over to ICE for deportation to a country that is known to actively target transgender people. Deportation to El Salvador will have dangerous consequences for Nataly, including the very real potential of death.
We urge Governor Newsom to stand by trans immigrants during Pride month and stop Nataly’s transfer to ICE.
Nataly is a transgender immigrant from El Salvador currently serving a 15 year to life sentence at the California Institution for Women. Growing up, Nataly was targeted for abuse, violence, and rape due to his gender non-conforming identity. At 17, after surviving multiple assaults, Nataly fled El Salvador and came to Los Angeles.
Once in Los Angeles without any resources or language skills, Nataly bravely survived living on the streets. He experienced trafficking, sexual assault, and eventually became trapped in an abusive relationship. His hopes and dreams of coming to the US were replaced by repeated patterns of abuse from his partner and family members.
At the age of 19, Nataly was coerced and physically threatened by his partner to participate in an attack on a man who died from his injuries. Nataly was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. After serving 18 years in prison, Nataly was found eligible for release on March 14, 2023. Governor Newsom is currently reviewing this decision. If Newsom does not reverse the decision, then once Nataly is released from prison in July 2023, he will be immediately arrested by ICE and deported to El Salvador.
Through diligent rehabilitation programming, trauma recovery therapy and sincere remorse, Nataly has healed, taken responsibility for his part in his crime of conviction, and is ready to come home to contribute to his family and community. Despite his difficult experiences as a survivor of sexual violence, physical and emotional abuse, Nataly’s spirit of love and positivity shines through.
Nataly shared at a parole board hearing that hiding his gender identity and sexuality in El Salvador isn’t an option for him. His deportation to El Salvador would be a death sentence.