Pedro came to the attention of the Immigrant Freedom Fund through an immigrant support group in Utah, where he had been living for thirteen years. He was charged with a crime and picked up by local police. Even though the charges were dropped, Pedro was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which sent him to detention in Aurora. Pedro has four US citizen children, who he missed terribly while in detention. Thanks to your donations to the Immigrant Freedom Fund, as well as to Casa de Paz, Pedro is now back in Utah with local support to find legal assistance for his immigration case.
Evin aka Angel
Evin is an 18-year-old asylum seeker from Honduras. He came to the United States with his mother. They were separated at the border, and Evin was imprisoned in ICE detention facility in Aurora, Colorado for nearly five months. Evin’s had crossed twenty feet into the United States to seek asylum. His pro bono attorneys secured his temporary release from ICE custody on bond, but Evin’s family was unable to afford the $5,000 bond needed for his release.
Since he was twelve, Evin and his family were on the run from gang violence in Honduras after his uncle was brutally murdered by a cartel. His family bravely reported the crime to the police, who would not act against the cartel or protect the family. The cartel threatened to kill Evin’s family for the police report, and he was forced to leave his hometown and his family behind. He lived on the run, attempting to find refuge and anonymity in other towns. However, Evin was soon targeted by other violent gangs, who wanted to recruit the teenager to sell drugs. He resisted these gangs because of his strong Christian faith. After a third family member was killed by the cartel, Evin and his mother decided their only chance to escape the violence was to seek the safety of the United States. He prays that his asylum claim in the United States is successful because returning to Honduras would probably mean death at the hands of the cartel.
Evin has been welcomed with open arms by family friends on the East Coast, thanks to the donors of the Immigrant Freedom Fund who raised his $5,000 bond. He can now pursue his asylum case in freedom and with family support.
Fatima aka Isabela
Fatima is a 40-year-old asylum seeker from El Salvador. She is a loving mother, a hard worker, and immensely brave. Fatima was forced to flee her home after involvement in a confrontation with the Mara 18 gang, one of the largest and most dangerous gangs in Latin America. Fatima directly and personally confronted gang members when they verbally and physically threatened her family. Because of this show of strength, Fatima is now a targeted adversary to Mara 18. If deported, Fatima will live in constant fear. She has lost more than one friend to Mara 18, and has received death threats herself.
Upon arrival in the United States, Fatima was separated from her pregnant daughter and was held in detention in Aurora, Colorado for close to four months.
Thanks to donations to the Immigrant Freedom Fund, Fatima’s best friend of fifteen years, who lives on the West Coast, has now welcomed Fatima into her home. Fatima’s friend, who works for the county as a caregiver to the elderly, and is a hard-working, single mother, was sorry she could not pay Fatima’s $3500 bond.
The law students of the Immigration Clinic at the Denver University Law School raised funds to bond out a client they had successfully won a bond assignment for. They chose to go through the Immigrant Freedom Fund to bond their client out so that the money can be returned to the fund once the immigration case is resolved. Yesenia has resumed her life with family in the Southwest.
Kevin is a 20-year-old asylum seeker from Honduras. Although his family lived in poverty, gang members demanded that they share food and other resources with them. When Kevin’s mother told them that they had nothing to share, the gang killed Kevin’s father and his brother. Kevin and his mother had a strenuous journey to the US and were picked up by border patrol once they entered our country last December.
With help from his mother’s cousin, who took out a high-interest loan for half of his bond, the Immigrant Freedom Fund raised the $4000 to secure his release. He is now on the East Coast with his mother’s cousin. His mother remains in detention with a $7500 bond that the Immigrant Freedom Fund is working on raising.