#FreeAida: Her children need community support!

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Raised by 33 people in 6 months
Created December 11, 2018
Dear community members and allies,

Aida was apprehended by ICE on November 19, 2018 as she was leaving her home due to a "red notice" issued by the interpol alleging that Aida is wanted in El Salvador in connection to theft, even though Aida hasn't been in El Salvador for more than 6 years. The DOJ's own guidance states that  “the United States does not consider a Red Notice alone to be a sufficient basis for the arrest of a subject because it does not meet the requirements for arrest under the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.”

However, ICE continues to  break the law and has refused to release Aida on prosecutorial discretion, despite the fact that she never missed a court hearing, but most importantly she was taken away from her 2-month-old baby who was born premature, and her 4-yr old daughter, who desperately need their mother back.

We are asking community members for donations to help Aida's family care for the new born baby and her daughter. All proceeds will be used to cover Aida's children's needs including:

+baby formula, 
+diapers #2,
+baby wipes,
+baby bottles,
+clothing,
+diaper cream,
+school supplies,
+a toy for christmas,

Since Aida's baby was born premature, he is also being taken to the doctor regularly and given medication, hence your donation will help alleviate transportation costs, and other medical expenses. 

No small amount will go unnoticed! Thank you in advance for taking the time to read Aida's story, and for helping her and her children during these tough times. The leadership and commitment of the community, and the many people who continue to advocate for our people’s freedom have reunited families like Aida's before, and this time won't be an exception. Together we will overcome ICE! 

With gratitude,
Aida's coordinating team



Background:

Aida is a 28-year-old woman from El Salvador. As a child she suffered physical and verbal abuse. At the hands of her partner, she suffered severe domestic violence for which she required hospitalization. Aida fled E.S. in 2012, certain that the escalating nature of her ex-partner’s threats and physical abuse would result in her death. Aida’s final asylum hearing was scheduled for February 2019. 

Since coming to the U.S., Aida has begun to heal from her trauma. She was connected to therapy, and recently gave birth to her two-month old son, Mario. Aida suffered pregnancy complications and Mario was born two months premature. Aida is also the main caretaker for her 4-year-old US citizen daughter. 

On November 19, 2018, Aida was detained by ICE as she was leaving her home. On the day she was detained, her attorneys requested her release and submitted evidence that Aida has been complying with her immigration court obligations, and that she had two young children who needed her. ICE refused to release Aida, refused to explain why she was being detained, and refused to serve any paperwork on her attorney.

More than a week later, Aida’s attorneys learned through a congressional inquiry, that Aida was being detained on a so-called “Red Notice” issued by Interpol alleging that Aida is wanted in El Salvador in connection to theft, even though Aida hasn't been in El Salvador for more than 6 years. The Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) own guidance states that “the United States does not consider a Red Notice alone to be a sufficient basis for the arrest of a subject because it does not meet the requirements for arrest under the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.” ICE is using the notoriously flawed Interpol notice system to claim that Aida must be detained, even though no evidence has been presented against Aida, and even though she has no criminal history. ICE has ignored evidence from the medical community stating that Aida should be with her newborn son. Aida is worried about the health of her children, especially her newborn son, as she sits in detention. Because ICE arrested Aida right before her postpartum appointment, Aida not seen an ob-gyn to complete her postpartum care and is worried about abdominal pain. 

ICE’s refusal to release Aida is another example of their inhumane practices of separating families. Come join the community on December 13, 2018, for a community vigil followed by Aida's Master Calendar Hearing to witness how barbaric ICE's actions have been towards mothers like Aida, not just at the border but in the Bay Area.


***NOTE about the fundraising account manager: Esperanza Cuautle is the Director of Operations at Pangea Legal Services and she is working together with Aida’s attorney and public campaign coordinating team.

Since Aida is unable to withdraw the funds while in detention, Alicia Cuautle, member of Aida's coordinating campaign team will be withdrawing the funds on her behalf and ensure that her kids receive all fundraising proceeds.
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Good morning!

Thank you all so much for the support. Aida and her family will be able to pay rent his month and stay in their home! Aida's partner is extremely humbled and cannot thank you all enough!

Tomorrow, 2/19, we will be having a small vigil at 8AM outside of 630 Sansome in San Francisco. Aida's continued bond hearing will commence at 9AM.

We hope to see you all there!!

Team Aida
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Thank you all so much for the support you've given Aida and her family today!

Due to the government submitting extra documents one hour before the hearing and having multiple hearings scheduled with very limited time to hear expert witnesses, the judge has rescheduled Aida's bond hearing to this Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9AM.

Additionally, Aida's partner and primary caretaker for her kids has undergone appendicitis surgery and has not been able to work these past 4 days. Now, Aida's family is in danger of being evicted on February 18th for lack of funds!! We are trying to raise $700 (bringing the total to $1595) to keep them in their home. If you can, please consider donating to Aida's GoFundMe campaign by Sunday, February 17, to ensure that Aida's family stays in their home!!

Please visit Aida's Facebook page for more updates!

In community,
Team Aida
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