Legal Fees to Free Alvin Cardoza


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UPDATE 7/13/17

$5000 have been transferred to pay the lawyer. We (Alvin's family and friends from Port Washington, NY) thank all of you for allowing Alvin to have great legal representation, and for the enormous support and love.

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This is the power of people! Raising $1000/day over the last 5 days, we were able to reach our first goal ($5000 to retain the lawyer).  Alvin is facing a long legal process that will far exceed the initial legal fees. So please keep donating and sharing. If anything is left at the end, it will be used to support Victoria, Alvin's 4 year old daughter, who Alvin is the sole provider for.

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Our childhood friend Alvin Cardoza was suddenly detained by ICE last Wednesday (6/28) without warning. He has a 4-year-old daughter, Victoria. He has been reporting to the US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bi-annually for the past 11 years without fail. He came to the US at 8 years old. Under the Obama administration, ICE helped him get working papers, a SSN and a driver's license.

Under Trump's recent order to crack down on sanctuary cities, when Alvin went to his regular bi-annual check in last week, they arrested him and have now given him 1-2 weeks before he is deported back to his birth country of El Salvador, a country he hasn't lived in for almost 30 years. His family migrated amid a full-fledged US-sponsored civil war that lasted over 12 years, and included the deliberate targeting of civilians by military death squads as well as the recruitment of child soldiers.

Alvin grew up during a time where gang violence was extremely prevalent in the El Salvadoran-American community on Long Island. He successfully resisted any gang affiliation or involvement in gang related activities, despite extreme pressure. Due to his family's circumstances in El Salvador, he has reasonable fear to believe that if sent back, he will be forcefully recruited into gang affiliation, and possibly targeted if he does not comply. 

He is facing a final order of removal for a crime he was convicted of in 2007; criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance. In the last 11 years, he has not been in any legal trouble, opened a small business, paid taxes, and is the primary care provider for his daughter. He was working with an immigration lawyer in a lengthy court process to achieve legal status.

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  • Jesse Markowitz 
    • $10 
    • 30 mos
  • ellen Fox 
    • $150 
    • 31 mos
  • Lynn Kress 
    • $20 
    • 31 mos
  • Patricia M Higgins 
    • $100 
    • 31 mos
  • Deborah Coblentz 
    • $20 
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Organizer

Caeli La 
Organizer
Port Washington, NY
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