Immigrant Freedom Fund of Colorado

Opening Doors for Justice

Category: News

Hello, Fellow Justice Seekers!

Another Immigrant Bonded Out

With your donations we have bonded out the 21st immigrant to apply for assistance from the Immigrant Freedom Fund. Dhi Good, Irene Thomas and Kathy Hartman are the heroes who formed a relay team to get the bond to GEO for this young man. His talented lawyer, Laura Lunn of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), persuaded the judge to set his bond at the lowest point allowed, $1500.
 
This 26-year-old man is originally from Mexico and has been incarcerated in immigrant jail since Sept. 2018.  That’s too long.  Any time in immigrant jail is too long. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Immigrant Freedom Fund needs volunteers to act as obligors. The obligor is the person who delivers the bond in money orders or cashiers checks to GEO jail in Aurora. Until we open the Immigrant Freedom Fund bank account in Aurora, there is no way for us to transfer bond money electronically to obligors in Aurora and Denver. Our fiscal sponsor, the Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Loveland is working on providing all the documents required by the bank to open the account as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
 
Meanwhile, if you can assist us in the driving between Loveland and Aurora and in acting as obligor, which takes around two hours, please respond to this email.
 
And let us know if you are available to sign onto our new account in Aurora once we have it.  We need volunteers in Aurora who can access the account to procure the cashiers checks and get them to those who act as obligors.

As Always, Donations Needed

We are coming to the bottom of our bank account right now in spite of a steady, lovely trickle of donations coming in through our website.  Please donate what you can at www.immigrantfreedomfund.org or send a check to Immigrant Freedom Fund, 745 East 5th St., Loveland, CO 80538.
 
With hope for the future,
Francey Liefert
970-391-2547

Celebration Time!

The Immigrant Freedom Fund bonded out another asylum seeker from Honduras. He is a nineteen-year-old man who will now join his brother and his family in the southeast United States. Several family members of his were killed by gang members for refusing to join the gang. His sister-in-law reported that gang violence in their small town was worse than in the cities because the gangs control everything there.

(Earlier we reported that we had bonded out six people, but we meant to say that we had bonded out the tenth person.)

Successful Fund Raiser

Thank you, Dana Miller, for launching a fundraiser for the Immigrant Freedom Fund on Facebook. We have received over $19,000 from that effort directly and more through our website from people who heard of us on Facebook.

The need continues…

We will never have enough funds to cover all of those in detention who cannot afford the outrageous bond amounts being set by immigration courts. Please donate what you can when you can and let others know about this project. Your donations are providing hope for immigrants, their families and their communities.

 

Time to Celebrate!

With your donations the Immigrant Freedom Fund has bonded out our tenth person from immigrant jail! He is a young man from Honduras who has a rare autoimmune disease that caused him to have a bleeding rash that wasn’t cared for properly while he was detained. He has joined his community in the Midwest to get the care he needs while his case is pending.
 
Contributions Welcome!
 
None of the people who have been bonded out by the Immigrant Freedom Fund has had a chance to resolve their case. That means that we haven’t been able to petition ICE to return the funds you have so generously donated. In fact it may be another year and a half to two years before we see that money again. Please donate whenever you can and encourage those you know to help us free people from the horrors of immigrant jail in Aurora. Donations and applications for funds are both accepted at www.immigrantfreedomfund.org.
 
Benefit for Immigrant Freedom Fund in Denver
 
The Party for Socialism and Liberation has organized a benefit on behalf of the Immigrant Freedom Fund this Sat. Aug.3 at the Goosetown Tavern, 3242 East Colfax Ave. in Denver.
21+. Doors at 8:30, bands begin at 9. $10 suggested donation
Featured musicians:
  • Los Mocochetes (Xichan@ funk)
  • Hangman’s Hymnal (devilgrass/doom country)
  • Giardia (jazz metal)
  • PostNihilist (post metal)
  • Techno Allah (electronic trap)
  • Flesh Buzzard (harsh noise)

Immigrant Freedom Fund in the News

https://www.westword.com/news/immigrant-freedom-fund-helps-aurora-facility-detainees-bond-out-11428591

 

Immigrant Freedom Fund in the News

New Fund Helps Immigrant Detainees Bond Out of GEO Facility in Aurora (August 2, 2019)