San Diego Immigrant Bond Campaign

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Raised by 204 people in 2 months
Please donate to help post bond for those directly affected by the administration's zero tolerance policy in San Diego! 

In addition to the families being separated at the border, there are countless others from all over the world coming to the United States seeking an opportunity for a better future, only to be detained and charged with a federal misdemeanor for illegal entry due to the administration's zero tolerance policy. 

For those seeking relief through the immigration process, they must first be processed for their federal case. This means their immigration claim cannot be considered until their federal case has been decided or they've been able to post bond. When bond is posted, the person is then transferred to immigration and can begin their case. 

This campaign is aimed to help speed up the process for those awaiting federal prosecution in the San Diego area. After being detained, it can take weeks for a judge to give a trial date and often times pleading guilty is seen as an individual's only means to speed up the process as it can get them out weeks earlier. A guilty plea is an automatic conviction. With bond, individuals can either go to trial or get deported without a conviction. 

Money donated will be used to post bond (ranging from $250-$2500) on a first come, first serve basis and will be going to individuals with no criminal history, limited criminal history (non violent offenses), currently being represented in the southern district of California.  

When a trial is complete and the individual has made all court appearances, it is our hope that these bonds will be reinvested to the fund to be used to help another person awaiting trail. These federal cases can take up to 3 months to complete so we have set our goal accordingly to account for the fluctuating time frame while still ensuring funds to continue posting ponds. Time is of the essence and funds will be used as soon as they come in. 

Disclosures: 

As excess funds are available, they will be used to post bond for clients in neighboring districts. 

Posting bond does not guarantee that an individual will be granted relief/asylum/entry into the US. Our goal is just to provide the opportunity for them to ask for it. 

A portion of your donation will be used to pay for the fees associated with using a crowdsourcing website that allows immediate access to funds. GoFundMe currently charges 2.9% and $0.30 per donation. 

Additional fees include purchasing a money order (required form of bond payment) and printing/faxing/shipping of bond paperwork/money orders. 

At this time, any and all individuals helping with this campaign are doing so with volunteered time and are not paid out of this fund in any way. 

Thank you for your help! 


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As promised we began using the Go Fund Me funds as soon as they were available and in the past 2 weeks have successfully posted bond for 17 individuals with another 6 scheduled to post by the end of the week!

Although the majority of those cases are still pending their next court/trial date, a handful of them have already been dismissed as the bond fund is making the government's case much more complicated to prosecute.

In less than 3 weeks we have raised over $20,000!
Thank you all for contributing and continuing to share this campaign. The bond consideration list continues to grow each day as clients are added to the list. Our funds are running extremely low as we await for those bond funds to be returned from dismissed cases so your contributions and help in spreading the word are much appreciated and will be used to continue posting bonds!

Thanks again!

Erica
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Update from Erica Gamiz, SD Bond Fund Administrator:

In just four days we are halfway to our goal and have raised over $12,000!!

First off, I can't thank you all enough for your support as you continue to donate and share this cause with others.

It was truly unexpected to see such an impact so fast.

I wanted to give an update on how this campaign began and how your donations are being put to use.

A little over a week ago, while at my 10 year college reunion, I met up with a long time friend who is an attorney in San Diego. She is in the midst of the immigration fallout caused by the administration's policies and was sharing the struggles that her clients are facing. As we started discussing the realities at the border I realized how much help was really needed.

A few days later, my friend contacted me after going through another frustrating bond hearing with a client and I asked if it would be possible for my husband and I to post bond for her client. As it turns out, it was possible and a week ago today I signed the bond paperwork. I knew there were others who would be more than willing to do the same thing, so I started this campaign so we could pool our funds together to help as many people as we can.

The money you've donated will go directly to posting bond for additional clients. We have a list available for attornys in the San Diego area, representing immigration clients, to use to add their clients to be considered for bond. As clients are selected, attorneys send over the bond paperwork so that the Fund can begin posting bonds. We are working on our first withdrawal from this fund now so we can being this process.

I personally am located up in Seattle and am working on the administrative side of things. We have set up a bank account solely for this fund and I will be the sole administrator withdrawing funds and posting bonds as needed. The bond paperwork and money order then get sent to appropriate attorney's office for processing. If the demand gets too high, we will also be working with a select few volunteers in the San Diego area who will help post bonds by submitting the paperwork and money orders.

Your support has been truly humbling and reminds me that this world is filled with great people who just want to help. Please continue spreading the word so we can continue to help as many people as possible.

Thank you!!
Erica
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