Jorge is a 19-year-old refugee who came to the US as an unaccompanied minor from Honduras when he was 16.
Jorge was an orphan in Honduras experiencing life-threatening violence and he took the risk of migrating thousands of miles alone to the US to flee Honduras, which is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Due to the deadly violence in Honduras, the neglect he experienced, and the fact that he migrated to the US without parents at a young age, he was granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) by the federal government. Young people with SIJS, like Jorge, are eligible to become legal residents. However, there is currently a long wait list for visas. Hundreds of thousands of migrant children have fled brutal violence in their home countries and migrated to the US without their parents to seek refuge.
While living in Los Angeles County, Jorge enjoyed playing soccer with other young people from the San Fernando Valley community. When Jorge turned 18-years-old, he became homeless and was criminalized while living on the streets in the San Fernando Valley. ICE picked him up at court, imprisoned him, and placed him in deportation proceedings. Refugees are fleeing deadly violence; being detained is severely traumatizing and being deported can be a death sentence!
Due to Session's war on refugees and migrants, Jorge can't stop his deportation even after being granted SIJS due to the long waiting list for a visa. Jorge is currently applying for asylum and we want to help Jorge fight for his case outside of detention!
Jorge has been imprisoned in Adelanto detention center, the largest and deadliest immigrant prison in California, for over 6 months! Because of the prolonged detention, he became eligible for a Rodriguez bond hearing.
Various community organizations came together to form a support system for Jorge by visiting him, submitting letters of support to the court, and packing the court room for his bond hearing. Yesterday, the Immigration Judge agreed to release Jorge from custody once Jorge paid a high bond amount of $5,000!
Jorge has no support system outside of our community organizations, so we are standing in solidarity with him to fundraise $5,000 to support Jorge as he fights for his freedom! Jorge belongs in the community not in immigrant prisons!
DONATE AND SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS TO HELP JORGE BE RELEASED!!
Breakdown of costs:
1. $5,000 bond
2. $520 post-detention support
3. $480 GoFundMe fees