The Justice4Siham campaign is raising legal funds for Siham Byah in anticipation of and upcoming legal custody battle in early May 2019
Siham Byah, Moroccan-born activist and asylum seeker, was detained by ICE November 7, 2017 and her son Naseem (then age eight) was taken into DCF Custody.
Siham was deported at the end of 2017 after having been incarcerated for two months with nothing but the clothes on her back, no notification to her lawyer or family and no word if she would ever see her child again.
While in detention and after being deported, Siham took every possible step to secure a caring home for Naseem. She identified a caring foster home for Naseem where he could remain in his town with his friends and continue his regular schooling. DCF rejected the plans Siham had in place and instead sent Naseem out of state to his biological father who he had no previous relationship with and away from the only town and community he knew.
Throughout the following year of 2018 and now into 2019 Siham fought tirelessly to get Naseem back, going above and beyond to complete a home study coordinated through ISS and provide DCF with all required documents more than once. She was shocked and devastated to find out on Wednesday, October 24th 2018 that DCF met and gave their final recommendation to place Naseem with his biological father until his eighteenth birthday (this would mean nearly a decade away from his mother).
Naseem is a minor and is powerless to advocate for himself and choose who he wants to spend his childhood with. His mental health is rapidly depleting- he calls his mother constantly begging to be with her and utterly heartbroken and yearning for the one person who he has depended on his entire life.
Please consider donating to this cause. All of the funds we raise will be put towards legal fees as Siham fights in court May 6th 2019!