Sergio Lopez is a young Nicaraguan man who is seeking asylum in the U.S. In Nicaragua he was persecuted by government military forces for peacefully demonstrating against Ortega's crackdowns on working people.
In Nicaragua, and subsequently in Mexico where he fled and found work, he was robbed, kidnapped, harassed and tortured, both by government police and gang members.
He finally decided to come to the US, to seek asylum and was detained while crossing the border.
He was in detention for five months in San Diego, where he contracted Covid-19. He recovered and is out on bond, pending his asylum hearing. He wears an ankle bracelet.
Sergio's story was written up by a reporter of the Texas Observer (who disguised Sergio's name as Eduardo Águila, to protect him). You can read it here
Sergio's young wife, Yadira and two young sons are living in temporary housing back in Nicaragua. He has not met his youngest son, Johandry, since he had to flee before he was born.
Sergio has a business administration degree from Nicaragua. There he worked as a sales professional in IT. He does not have a work permit yet and is not allowed to work.
Sergio is currently living with me at my home in Oakland while awaiting his asylum hearing set for late August in San Francisco. He is smart, kind, works hard and is determined to help his family as he continues to hope for asylum. His only "crime," like those of so many others is fighting corruption and crime in Nicaragua.
This fundraiser will support Sergio's family's living expenses and allow Sergio's wife to complete the house Sergio was building before he had to flee the country.
Please consider supporting Sergio and his family !