6/20/19 Update: In order to provide additional assurance to the contributors to this campaign for Claudia Portillo and our commitment to transparency, please see the following:
Nancy Leila Roberts is a community member and True North volunteer who is assisting with this fundraiser. She is a friend of Claudia Portillo and her family. Nancy Leila Roberts will be withdrawing the funds on behalf of Claudia. Claudia has asked the Nancy Leila Roberts hold the funds until she can reopen a bank account. Once this is done, the funds will be transfered directly in to Claudia's account via electronic transfer or check. Thank you.
6/19/18 Update: Good news! With the generous support of the Humboldt County and global community, Claudia will be coming home to her family this week!
Unexpected news: Claudia’s bond was $12,000. This was 2 1/2 times the lawyer’s high estimate. For the time being this go fund me will remain open. Many thanks to you all! ❤️❤️❤️
The goal of this fundraiser is to support travel costs for Claudia's family to attend her bond hearing this Monday, June 18, 2018. Any additional funds will go towards Claudia's bond. After waiting for seven months for any news about Claudia's case, her family now has only one week to raise funds for this event. If you do not know Claudia Portillo, please continue reading the brief narrative below and click the link to read more about her story.
Nexus. The story of Claudia Portillo has limitless connections: family, community, dogs. Claudia's story is ultimately one of a mother being taken from her children to spend the last seven months in a detention center waiting for any good news. To learn the background of Claudia's experience, you should read this article and perhaps look up more online: https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2018/jun/13/humboldters-travel-south-support-detained-mckinley/
Claudia's story is about a woman who is missing from her community that she contributes to and helps to make a better place. This fundraising campaign is about a community showing up to support one of their own. Do you know someone who goes to adopt a dog, only to come home with a litter of 12? Then, takes the time to find good homes for all of them? That is Claudia Portillo! We all know someone like Claudia and we know that people like her make our community a better place.
As a community we can all show support for Claudia Portillo, her four daughters and family, her friends, and her three dogs. Please make a donation to this campaign if you can afford to. Please share this campaign as well! Share! Share! Share! This woman has supported this community and now it is time for the community to support Claudia Portillo. Please note: The cost of the bond has been estimated based on the information from Claudia's lawyer. Any funds collected above the actual costs and/or goal will go directly to Claudia and her family so that they can start getting their lives back to normal. [This GoFundMe is being co-coordinated by Billy Cook, Nancy Leila Roberts, and the family of Claudia Portillo.]