￼As some of you may know, our beloved family member Koffi Amouzougan was picked up by ICE on September 18th and is currently detained pending an immigration hearing. With the steep increase in ICE arrests over the last couple of months, the jails are packed and the soonest we've been told to expect a hearing is the end of the year but likely out as far as six months and that is IF they do not deport him before then.
Koffi has been married to my niece Amanda for over three years. They have been together for nearly nine. He came to the United States as a refugee when he was 12 years old from Togo Africa and has been here for over 19 years. He currently is at risk of deportation. Upon graduating High School, he was involved in a crime that put him in jail for over two years. Many who have heard his story feel he acted in self-defense, but at the time, he was young and did not have a proper defense team, so he took the sentencing and followed all requirements related to the situation. His crime was over 12 years ago, he dutifully completed 7 years probation, paid back restitution of over $30k and has reported without fail to immigration every year. He got a job immediately after his release and has worked Full-Time, paid his taxes, married, purchased a home and now has a 1 1/2 year old son, Roman. He is not a repeat offender and in fact hasn't had a single law violation, including traffic tickets since his initial arrest. Yet despite all these positive things, he is being detained at a high-risk criminal facility. He is not a criminal and although some may think he is based on a mistake 12 years ago, he is without a doubt a reformed one. A good man who is as much of an American as any of us born here. He is a avid Indianapolis Colts fan who fell in love with them when he was at the airport upon landing in America.
Our family is devastated with this situation. If he is deported, it is unlikely he will ever be able to return to the United States. A deportation will break up our family and shatter our hearts. We love Koffi and we believe America is a place where all people are treated fairly and justly. Please join us in helping Amanda and Roman through this difficult time by donating. With a loss in Koffi's wages and Immigration Attorney fees, Amanda is depleting their savings quickly. Any funds donated will be going directly to bills associated with this nightmare of fighting to keep our family together.
People always ask, "how can I help?" Or say "If you need anything, let me know." This is how you can help, this is what we need.
Please consider donating, even the smallest amount, if you can, we would be so grateful.
From our entire family, we thank you for considering and appreciate your prayers as we face the unimaginable!