The lady identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, a 44-year-old immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo stayed for nearly three hours on the base of the statue before she was rescued and arrested.
Officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit transported her to a federal detention center on Wednesday night. Her case is reportedly being handled by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.
Sources revealed to NY Post that Okoumou told investigators that she climbed up to the feet of Lady Liberty to protest President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy on immigration and the separation of families at the border.
According to court records, she’s a Congolese immigrant who once filed a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, seeking a judicial review and reversal of a “determination” it made regarding alleged incidents of abuse that Okoumou suffered at the hands of a social services agency on Staten Island where she worked.
Okoumou is expected to appear in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday and may face misdemeanor charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct and violating national park.