Therese Okoumou identified as Statue of Liberty climber

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The protester was charged with trespassing, interference with government agency functions for what the USA attorney called a "dangerous stunt".

The dramatic climb came hours after several other demonstrators had hung a banner on the statue's pedestal and had been arrested.

As The New York Daily News reports, Okoumou works as a personal trainer by profession, according to a 2009 Staten Island Advance article.

Three NYPD officers from Long Island were in the national spotlight on July Fourth after helping end a standoff at the Statue of Liberty.

- She will appear in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday.

She tried to climb higher again as rescuers inched even closer but still failed to make progress.

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"She's very dedicated to the resistance", Walker said.

Many are calling Therese Patricia Okoumou a hero after she climbed to the foot of the Statue of Liberty in a July 4th protest over Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy that separated children from their families.

Rise & Resist organizers posted a tweet Wednesday, insisting Okoumou's actions were not part of the plan. Eventually officers scaled the monument using a ladder and ropes.

The National Park Service chose to evacuate more than 4,000 visitors from Liberty Island on Wednesday out of an abundance of caution, spokesman Jerry Willis said.

"We assume that she is protesting", Willis said, based on the woman's remarks to police.

Rise and Resist said it was working to get legal representation for Okoumou. One of the protestors who climbed the Statue of Liberty quoted Michelle Obama after her hearing on Thursday.

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"I think the message was sent".

While President Trump's recent separation policy on the southern border was abandoned last week, it remains unclear when or how some 2,000 migrant children will be reunited with their parents.

Trump, at a rally in Great Falls, Montana, called Okoumou a "clown" and praised the Park Police for getting her down safely. Rise and Resist New York said, "The Climber on the Statue of Liberty has no connection to our #abolishice action earlier today".

Police believe other protesters boosted Okoumou to the base of the statue, New York Police Lt. Michael McGuinness said.

The group staged a protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies at the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday, hanging an "Abolish ICE" banner at the base of the statue.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and has served as a symbol of the U.S.as a country of immigrants.

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