The Feministing Five: #FreeMarichuy’s Olga Tomchin



Marichuy Leal Gamino, 23, has been detained at the for-profit ICE center in Eloy, Arizona for over a year. A trans woman forced into a men’s facility, she has faced sexual harassment and threats from men. Despite her efforts to report these threats to the facility guards, she has no received protection and was recently raped by her cellmate.

After reporting her assault, Marichuy was pressured into signing a document saying that the assault was “consensual.” After reaching out to external organizing groups like the Transgender Law Center, Arcoíris Liberation Team, and the Puente Movement, she was involuntarily placed into solitary confinement.

#FreeMarichuy has assembled a coalition of over 70 LGBTQ and immigration rights activists to, among other continuing actions, write a petition demanding Marichuy’s freedom.

We spoke with Olga Tomchin, who is the Soros Justice Fellow with the Transgender Law Center whose work focuses on transgender rights within immigration detention systems. She filled us in on Marichuy’s current status and how our readers can support her.

And now, without further ado, the Feministing Five with #FreeMarichuy’s Olga Tomchin!

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

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Youth were heard during #NMOS14.

On the front lines in Ferguson.

New Student Nation on campus organizing around the country.

A history of firsts.

Columbia University survivor-activists respond to new policies.

Very cool: California organizations form a Title IX Coalition.


Congrats to the Hairpin and its new editor, Haley Mlotek!

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Some truths about female desire

Another truth about female desire: It’s oaky, mossy, and barrel-aged.

It’s half-poodle, half-labrador and 100% lovable.

It’s Joyce meets Six Flags meets crochet.

It’s a fast-paced thriller that will leave you wanting more. Read More »

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Quote of the Day: Dartmouth still doesn’t understand sexual violence


High-risk alcohol use and sexual assault are issues that face educational institutions nationwide. Here at Dartmouth, President Hanlon has charged our community to work together to end high-risk and harmful behavior on campus.

–Dartmouth email to parents of incoming freshmen

Are you enraged yet? Read More »

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The man who killed Mike Brown is named Darren Wilson

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This morning Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson finally named the officer who shot and killed the unarmed Mike Brown: Darren Wilson. Wilson had been with the force for six years and had no disciplinary record — whatever that means when the people judging your behavior also think it’s fine to respond to protests with tear gas, rubber bullets, and dogs.

In a move as infuriating as it was unsurprising, Jackson tried to cast aspersions on the 18-year-old victim’s character with a convoluted and seemingly unrelated story about a “strongarm robbery” that occurred around the same time. The victim-blaming tactic is cruel and dishonest; it’s clear the Chief sees police brutality as a PR problem to be spun away, rather than a crisis of justice. This goes without saying, but despite Jackon’s attempts to subtly link the two events, there isn’t any reason to think Brown was involved in the robbery — but even if he were, execution isn’t the punishment for stealing.

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and co-director of Know Your IX. 

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