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Justice for Danielle Jeffries

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Our loved one, Danielle Jeffries, a United States Citizen, is a well respected CPA with over 25 years of experience and a reputation for operating with the utmost professionalism. She is now facing the challenge of her life in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is fighting a battle which involves both racial and gender discrimination (see article in the Miami Herald).

Danielle relocated to Dubai, UAE almost 5 years ago. 3 years ago, she hired a business formation consultant to legally form an accounting practice there. The consultant’s responsibility was clear: ensure that Danielle’s business was set up legally in Dubai. Sadly, this consultant was dishonest, cut corners and broke the law, while representing Danielle in the filing of her business trade license documentation. Now, Danielle is exposed to criminal liability which includes jail time and a significant monetary fine. Dubai, UAE has blocked Danielle’s passport and will not let her come home. She needs our support.

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Danielle worked her way through the University of Pennsylvania Wharton business program where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She has over 25 years of experience in accounting, audit and compliance. Danielle has worked for major corporations as a consultant and CFO for more than 25 years; companies such as Deloitte, The GAVI Alliance, The Cabot Corporation and Fannie Mae. She was also the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Finance for the US Virgin Islands Government.

In Dubai, it is recommended that expats hire a Public Relations Officer (PRO) who is charged with creating the documents to establish a business that is compliant with Dubai, UAE government regulations. In brief, the PRO that Danielle selected filed documents in violation of the necessary timelines, creating an illegal situation. He filed a no objection certificate (NOC), giving Danielle permission to create a business while she was still on her employer’s visa. Had the PRO operated within the required timelines, an NOC would not have been necessary. Instead, he created a forged document with a company seal that had no relationship to Danielle’s trade license documentation.

The PRO presented a document (the NOC) to the Dubai, UAE government authorities claiming that he had permission to process Danielle’s trade license before she resigned her job. This was fraud. The PRO has misrepresented Danielle’s intentions to the courts in order to avoid paying the price for his fraudulent misuse of her power of attorney.

Because Danielle hired this PRO to represent her in the filing of her new business documents, they have both been convicted of forgery and been sentenced to the following:

3 months in prison.

$41,000 fine – If this fine is not paid, Danielle will be sent to prison for 4-5 years.


The PRO consultant initially confessed to the police, stating he was fully responsible for the forged document and that Danielle had no knowledge of what he had done, which was the truth. She was then told that she was just a witness, not a suspect. The police also told her that the PRO consultant was wanted on another crime related to fraudulent documentation in the course of his business dealings. Later the PRO changed his story and neither the PRO nor the police let Danielle know about this change.

Most recently this dishonest PRO has approached Danielle through her attorneys on 2 occasions, offering her a financial bribe to say that she is the one who committed this crime. Danielle will not admit to a crime that she did not commit. She is now being represented by UK lawyer Radha Stirling, Founder of Detained in Dubai

We are asking that you please donate so that Danielle can pay legal fees and cover expenses as she is TRAPPED IN DUBAI. Danielle is trying to clear her name and gain her freedom. The government has blocked her passport and wants to throw her in jail for a crime that 1) she did not commit and 2) there is no proof that she has committed this crime. The situation is a result of a technicality in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the situation has far exceeded Danielle’s financial resources. Please help Danielle to defend herself by donating. Thank you.


Q: Is Danielle in jail now?
A: No, but she could be put in jail on any given day.

Q: How will the money be used?
A: The money will be sent to Danielle, which she will use to cover legal fees, fines and other expenses to keep herself safe while fighting for justice in Dubai.

Q: Why did Danielle relocate to Dubai?
A: To pursue a dream of obtaining international business experience. While Danielle’s dream has turned into a nightmare, she has had positive experiences which will help her in the future.

Q: Why is she a victim of both racial and gender discrimination?
A: Race - Danielle’s former employer is a White Female Australian national; this employer has attacked Danielle from the day that Danielle resigned and opened her business. This employer has filed multiple complaints against Danielle, all failing to yield the employer any benefits, with the exception of this very unfair criminal complaint. The employer is upset because Danielle left her company to open her own accounting practice. Even in the Middle East, race matters. This is the case of a White woman complaining that a Black woman struck out independently on her own.

Gender Discrimination - The PRO is a Male Jordanian national whose credibility has not stood up throughout the process. In spite of the establishment knowing that he is dishonest, they have chosen to believe his false narrative about Danielle.


Jelani Nelson
Berkeley, CA

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