Operation Free JP

$20,315 of $20k goal

Raised by 256 people in 31 months

We are writing this on behalf of JP. As some of you may know, but most of you probably don't, JP has been struggling with immigration issues for almost 13 years. JP was born in Bolivia and came to the United States in 2001. He arrived in the country and began to work legally on a work visa. His work visa subsequently expired, and he has been attempting to obtain US citizenship since 2010. He is not a legal US citizen. No matter your views on our country's immigration policy, we have created this page because we know your views on JP. JP is a fixture and a highlight on the Washington, DC social scene. His smile lights up a room, his laugh fills the entire building, and his unparalleled cocktails set the night on fire. As his friends and family, we are soliciting your help to "free JP."

JP is currently being held in a United States Immigration detention center in Farmville, VA and has been there since December, 19th. He is set to be deported within the next 3 to 6 weeks. Our mission in sharing his story is to help offset his legal fees. He will need over $7,500 at a minimum to get in front of a judge and potentially prevent his deportation. Since he has been detained for nearly a month now, his ability to work and earn a living has been severely compromised. We know JP has probably been there for you at some point, and now here is your chance to be there for him. No matter what your wallet can afford, no amount is too small. Every bit counts.

All donated funds will be withdrawn as a check made out directly to his attorney. Please help in anyway you can.

-Friends and Family of JP

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Update 5
28 months ago
Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, and Supporters:

Your overwhelming support and encouragement through this difficult time has meant the world to me. As you know, I have been dealing with the largest battle of my life, thus far. I am, however, in the process of overcoming what once seemed an insurmountable mission.

I could not have done this without you. Because of your emotional and financial support, I have been able to get back on my feet and start doing what I do best: create cocktails for you.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for your support. You helped bring me where I am today. It truly takes a village as they say, and you are my village.

I'm scheduled to leave on May 20th to return to Bolivia. I will need to stay in Bolivia for six months. This is a necessary part of the process for me to obtain legal status in the United States. My attorneys, that you so generously helped to fund, are in the process of applying for what is called an O visa. Once I obtain this, I will be allowed to work in the United States creating cocktails and pursuing my dreams in the Washington, DC hospitality industry.

I am writing this to THANK YOU. Thank you for everything. I will always remember each and everyone of you. I can guarantee, that if one of you ever needs anything, I will be here for you.

Best,
JP
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Update 4
31 months ago
In light of the recent Washington Post article, we now need to free JP from the court of public opinion. Share. Donate. Cheers. #freejp
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Update 3
31 months ago
ATTENTION: JP IS FREE. He has been released from the Farmville detention center. We still have a huge upward battle with regards to his legal case, but he is out of ICE custody. Stay tuned for more info.
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Update 2
31 months ago
We have updated our goal amount to $20,ooo to realistically reflect the amount of JP's attorney's fees. We know this is an extraordinary amount, but we also trust that as a community we can come together to support our friend. Thank you everyone!
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Tyler Hudgens
31 months ago

Ok! I just saw JP! He looks healthy (and much skinnier) and greeted me with his characteristic hug and smile. We talked and he seems to be in okay spirits. He is staying in a large room with 80 plus other people and has no privacy and is bored but is reading and writing and working out a lot. In true JP fashion, he's helping others around him translate documents and just being an all around good guy. To get in touch with him: alien number a098080503 Juan Caceras-Rojas. He is c/o: Farmville Detention Center 508 Waterworks Rd, Farmville, VA 23901, United States He would love to receive mail and books. He isn't going down without a fight and any and all support will help keep his spirits up. 4343958114 is the phone number. You can call and follow the prompts to set up a phone account with them ($6 to initiate a call and 69cents a minute) using a visa or MasterCard. When you do this, the officers take your name and number and say 'JP, call so and so at this number.' Phones reset after 30 minutes but he can call you back. He can only use your account to call you, but you can conference people in. (get with Juan Coronado on this- he set up a number with a local area code so the fees are much lower). For email, you can go to www.corrlinks.com and set up an account with a visa or mastercard using his alien number. They will read the email and print it out and take it to him. It is unclear whether or not he can respond via email. I think it depends on the mail person. He can write you back and ask to have it emailed back to you, or respond via regular post. He encourages any and all communication and is flattered and so grateful for the outpouring of love and support. He says he loves you all and can't wait to hear from you and see you.

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Ronald Reyes
31 months ago

PLEASE PLEASE HELP, DO NOT IGNORED THIS!! this its one of the must saddest news that i have, JP is one of my 3 mentors behind the bar and he toke me under his wing and teach me all the great things that i know about cocktails and working behind the bar and my heart hurts just to know that this is happening to him. i know exactly what he is going though at the moment, i spend months at this detention center too and now im back in my homeland just awaiting in my case to go back and be reunited with my family again. please show him support cuz he need it, its couple different ways, either by economic way or if you cant in that way believe me that it will mean the world to him if you set up a email account at ICA FARMVILLE detention center web site and email him or send him a letter(when was the last time you send one?) or even if you can do the trip to go visit him, it takes about 4 hours or less from dc are, please do it and support him, im so lucky and blessed that i have great friends and they support me while i was there, so please dont waste time and show him some love, he is a great guy that i know that in some point he make you smile y the way he is or prepare you one of his great cocktails. for the people that wanna support him on his court days, usually courts appearings from farmville are through video from the detention center and he wont be able to see you or know that you are there but its better if you get in touch with his lawyers. being apart from your family its the worst feeling ever, dont let this happend to him and support him, if you ever call him friend this its the time that he know that have those friends. "todo estara bien papa, fuerza" with love, RON

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Arnold Lopez
31 months ago

JP, my brother I hope that you get out victorious from this obstacle that life has put in front of you. I am here for you in any way I can help.

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William Batson
31 months ago

Wow, great to see the community come together on this so quickly! They look down and say "JP must be deported" and we look back and say "No!"

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Juan Dominguez
31 months ago

JP is currently at ICA in Farmville VA and he is limited to who he can contact: one, due to not knowing phone numbers and two, because the phones he calls will need to be charged with "minutes". He has no idea all the support he has gotten from everyone and he will be overwhelmed with gratitude knowing that he is not alone.... thank you all for the support, it was a big struggle to get here but its been worth it.

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Torrence Swain
31 months ago

Hey Guys you can mail JP a postcard with the Iphone and Android App Flikshop, the download is free and each postcard is .99 cents, I am sending one now!

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Joe Pereira
31 months ago

JP I'm lawyerd UP!! Dirk V and I have the very best Immigration attorney ever!!! I just contacted Glendon. I hope in some way you can see this. Everyone here got you bro!!

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Emily Ogawa
31 months ago

Is there anything else that would help him besides donations? I feel like there's more I'd like to do...

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Joe Pereira
31 months ago

JP you ARE an amazing man. Look at all this love. More to come brother!!!!

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Pamela Wiznitzer
31 months ago

Any chance when he gets in front of a judge that we can be there to support him? Would like to know more information if possible to help him out since he is such an important member of our community and a great friend.

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$20,315 of $20k goal

Raised by 256 people in 31 months
Created January 14, 2014
BP
$10
Brian Prugalidad
28 months ago
CD
$25
C Dee
30 months ago

Good luck from San Diego

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$50
Anonymous
31 months ago
$2,500
Anonymous
31 months ago
$30
Anonymous
31 months ago
AS
$300
Audrey Saunders
31 months ago

How do we spell D.C. ?? .... J. P. !!! We're behind you all the way, JP... from both coasts!!! XO Robert & Audrey

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NB
$30
Nikki burrow
31 months ago
$50
Anonymous
31 months ago
JB
$50
Joel Black
31 months ago
JK
$100
JD Koons
31 months ago

Good Luck JP!

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Tyler Hudgens
31 months ago

Ok! I just saw JP! He looks healthy (and much skinnier) and greeted me with his characteristic hug and smile. We talked and he seems to be in okay spirits. He is staying in a large room with 80 plus other people and has no privacy and is bored but is reading and writing and working out a lot. In true JP fashion, he's helping others around him translate documents and just being an all around good guy. To get in touch with him: alien number a098080503 Juan Caceras-Rojas. He is c/o: Farmville Detention Center 508 Waterworks Rd, Farmville, VA 23901, United States He would love to receive mail and books. He isn't going down without a fight and any and all support will help keep his spirits up. 4343958114 is the phone number. You can call and follow the prompts to set up a phone account with them ($6 to initiate a call and 69cents a minute) using a visa or MasterCard. When you do this, the officers take your name and number and say 'JP, call so and so at this number.' Phones reset after 30 minutes but he can call you back. He can only use your account to call you, but you can conference people in. (get with Juan Coronado on this- he set up a number with a local area code so the fees are much lower). For email, you can go to www.corrlinks.com and set up an account with a visa or mastercard using his alien number. They will read the email and print it out and take it to him. It is unclear whether or not he can respond via email. I think it depends on the mail person. He can write you back and ask to have it emailed back to you, or respond via regular post. He encourages any and all communication and is flattered and so grateful for the outpouring of love and support. He says he loves you all and can't wait to hear from you and see you.

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Ronald Reyes
31 months ago

PLEASE PLEASE HELP, DO NOT IGNORED THIS!! this its one of the must saddest news that i have, JP is one of my 3 mentors behind the bar and he toke me under his wing and teach me all the great things that i know about cocktails and working behind the bar and my heart hurts just to know that this is happening to him. i know exactly what he is going though at the moment, i spend months at this detention center too and now im back in my homeland just awaiting in my case to go back and be reunited with my family again. please show him support cuz he need it, its couple different ways, either by economic way or if you cant in that way believe me that it will mean the world to him if you set up a email account at ICA FARMVILLE detention center web site and email him or send him a letter(when was the last time you send one?) or even if you can do the trip to go visit him, it takes about 4 hours or less from dc are, please do it and support him, im so lucky and blessed that i have great friends and they support me while i was there, so please dont waste time and show him some love, he is a great guy that i know that in some point he make you smile y the way he is or prepare you one of his great cocktails. for the people that wanna support him on his court days, usually courts appearings from farmville are through video from the detention center and he wont be able to see you or know that you are there but its better if you get in touch with his lawyers. being apart from your family its the worst feeling ever, dont let this happend to him and support him, if you ever call him friend this its the time that he know that have those friends. "todo estara bien papa, fuerza" with love, RON

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Arnold Lopez
31 months ago

JP, my brother I hope that you get out victorious from this obstacle that life has put in front of you. I am here for you in any way I can help.

+ Read More
William Batson
31 months ago

Wow, great to see the community come together on this so quickly! They look down and say "JP must be deported" and we look back and say "No!"

+ Read More
Juan Dominguez
31 months ago

JP is currently at ICA in Farmville VA and he is limited to who he can contact: one, due to not knowing phone numbers and two, because the phones he calls will need to be charged with "minutes". He has no idea all the support he has gotten from everyone and he will be overwhelmed with gratitude knowing that he is not alone.... thank you all for the support, it was a big struggle to get here but its been worth it.

+ Read More
Torrence Swain
31 months ago

Hey Guys you can mail JP a postcard with the Iphone and Android App Flikshop, the download is free and each postcard is .99 cents, I am sending one now!

+ Read More
Joe Pereira
31 months ago

JP I'm lawyerd UP!! Dirk V and I have the very best Immigration attorney ever!!! I just contacted Glendon. I hope in some way you can see this. Everyone here got you bro!!

+ Read More
Emily Ogawa
31 months ago

Is there anything else that would help him besides donations? I feel like there's more I'd like to do...

+ Read More
Joe Pereira
31 months ago

JP you ARE an amazing man. Look at all this love. More to come brother!!!!

+ Read More
Pamela Wiznitzer
31 months ago

Any chance when he gets in front of a judge that we can be there to support him? Would like to know more information if possible to help him out since he is such an important member of our community and a great friend.

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