Ricky is the father of three children, and five step-children. His wife Melissa and all of their children are US citizens. He is the primary caregiver for his youngest six year-old-son and is a main pillar of support for another son who has down syndrome and is a leukemia survivor. Ricky was working in Utica, is a great cook, and an avid soccer player and coach. He will be deeply missed by countless people who know him.
When Ricky is deported, he will leave behind his children, wife, and countless friends and relatives. His future in Jamaica and his ability to return and be reunited with his family is uncertain at the moment. We are hoping for the best and activists from countless groups in Albany, Utica and beyond are assisting Ricky and his family in their fight for justice.
The money you donate will help support Ricky and his family as they all struggle with this major tranisiton in their lives. Melissa will need the funds, especially after the loss of income the family receivs from Ricky, to support their children. The family will also need funds for legal fees, transportation and childcare.
Any amount will go a long way. In addition to donating money, and if you are not yet involved, you can help Ricky and other families in need by joining the movement for immigrant justice and working with us as we demand an end to deportations and the splitting up of families. Ricky and his family are grateful for your support. You can stay updated about Ricky's case by checking out the Utica IWW facebook page. An injury to one is an injury to all!
- Jenny McErlean
- Jane Lee
- Peggy and Karen Kaufmann
Organizer and beneficiary
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