Ricardo has a mental illness-help us release him!

Ricardo should NOT be living in a U.S. detention facility. He should be with family, where he can continue to fight for his freedom and receive the care he so desperately needs. 

Despite a diagnosis of mental illness since childhood and a traumatic brain injury suffered from a bike accident, Ricardo Martinez has spent the last two years living at the Adelanto Detention Facility in CA.

Ricardo came to the U.S. from Mexico as a young teenager because his family could not access the medication and care that he needed.  In the U.S., Ricardo has had access to a psychiatrist and medication for his mental illness. But since being detained in August 2016 Ricardo's illness has worsened. He is terrified of being deported back to a county where the mentally ill are habitually locked up in institutions and endure abysmal and dehumanizing conditions. 

At a court hearing in 2016, Ricardo told the immigration judge that if he is deported "I know that I am not going to receive the medication that I’m receiving here in the United States.  No one cares over there if you have a mental problem, the government or the people ... If you have a mental problem, all you receive is mistreatment, abuse.” 

Ricardo recently had a bond hearing, where his bond was set for $5,000 - but his family has no way to pay for it. 


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Together, we can bring Ricardo home.

Organizer and beneficiary

Cindy Knoebel
Organizer
Sausalito, CA
Rebecca Merton
Beneficiary

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