Stop deportation of US army spouse

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Created May 10, 2018

My name is Nick and I am a part of the team at GOAL INC. I am creating this go fund me for Tim Brown and GOAL INC founded by Tim in 2017(get out and live, a 501(C)(3) organization aimed at addressing issues involved with coming out and related humanity services including counseling and corporate training programs) For more information about what we do at GOAL and additional ways to get involved visit All donations are tax deductible and any amount over our fundraising-goal will go to the GOAL general fund to help with initiatives and programs. Further if legal expenses are less than the goal we have set, those additional funds will also go to the GOAL general fund.

On May 10th 2018 ICE agents detained Sergio Avila during an immigration appointment. ICE agents now routinely show up at immigration offices, which differes from past practices. 

In 2001 Sergio was brought by his uncle to Texas from Honduras when he was 8 years old. He was issued a deportation order that he clearly could not comprehend as an 8-year old child and has been a resident of the U.S. since. Sergio was previously protected under DACA. (Deferred action for childhood arrivals, DACA is an American immigration policy that allows some individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. A DACA renewal costs $495)

Over one year ago, Tim and Sergio started the process for a marriage waiver. A deportation waiver issued to spouses of American citizens. Last month Tim had a meeting with immigration services as marriage waivers are no longer issued without appointments. Sergio did not attend. During the appointment ICE agents approached Tim and his attorney and asked where Sergio was. Sergio had stayed behind at the direction of the attorney. ICE agents promised they just wanted to talk and were quoted by Tim as saying "Do you really think we would arrest and detain the spouse of an active duty military member?" to which the attorney replied "Yes, I do." And to which unfortunately one month later the attorney would be right.

Later in the appointment a marriage waiver was issued. Additionally a second waiver or "period of probation" for the deportation order issued when Sergio was 8 was also given. A follow-up appointment was set for May 10th one month later in Charlotte NC. Sergio was now temporarily protected from deportation by both waivers.

During the follow-up appointment Tim was not allowed to accompany Sergio. 4 hours later Tim received a call that Sergio had been detained. ICE revoked both of the waivers once they had Sergio which were granting Sergio temporary legal residency status and immediately started his deportation proceedings.

We have been in communication with the office of Senator Doug Jones and a few senators and offices of congress in North Carolina and Alabama, Tim’s home of record. As well as the HRC. Tim's attorney is filing a motion for a stay of removal. Additionally the attorney is petitioning to have the deportation order re-opened.   

Tim will be leaving the army and will possibly have to temporarily relocate to Honduras as a result of Sergio’s pending deportation where he will continuing working as the head of GOAL INC. We need your help in bringing as much attention to this as possible, and with any donation you can provide to help with the legal expenses.

Thank you for your time in reading Tim and Sergio’s story and for any and all help you can provide.

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RALEIGH, NC - Monday afternoon, Sergio Avila-Rodriguez was released from the Stewart Detention Center, an ICE detainee facility, in Lumpkin GA. Avila is not currently facing deportation.

ICE granted Avila a marriage waiver upon release. This is the second time Avila has been issued this document from ICE. He was last issued this document April 18th in Raleigh NC.
Avila will be retuning to North Carolina at 12:56 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, via RDU.

A press conference will be held at 4:30 p.m. at St. John’s MCC (622 Maywood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27603).

“Thank you. We are overwhelmed with the support and coverage we have received, and because of these efforts Sergio is coming home. There is still a long way to go for Sergio. Furthermore there are countless others who are also in need of our help, of your help. While this is a huge victory, it is only the beginning for Sergio and others like him.,” said Tim Brown, Sergio’s husband, who is an Active Duty Army Chaplain with Special Operations and Founder and President of GOaL (Get Out and Live), an LGBTQ nonprofit advocacy organization.

Tim Brown, Sergio and their friends would like to extend thanks to the press corps for continued coverage of this developing story. We would appreciate all questions to be reserved for the press conference. GOAL Inc 501(C)(3), CH (CPT). 

On May 10, 2018, Sergio was detained by ICE agents in Charlotte, NC, revoking a waiver that was granted just one month prior. Tim and Sergio traveled to Charlotte to a supervision visit anticipating that they would be driving home; one step closer in Sergio’s immigration process. ICE agents revoked one of the two waivers, detained him, and started deportation proceedings.

Sergio awaited deportation at the Stewart Detention Facility in Georgia. Determined, Tim lead a movement to return Sergio back to his home (with him), re-engaging the legal process of immigration, with hopes of giving voice to the millions like him, and educating the citizenry on the broken system of immigration.

Tim Brown, Founder and President of GOaL (Get Out and Live), an LGBTQ nonprofit advocacy organization, continues to make guest appearances on podcasts here in the United States and abroad. As well as other media outlets. His unique journey, captivating and comical storytelling have made Tim a sought-after speaker and media guest.

Tim is a twice-awarded Bronze Star Medal recipient for his two tours to Afghanistan. He was raised as a Southern Baptist Christian and served in the Southern Baptist world as a minister for the last 25 years. He is currently an Active Duty Army Chaplain with Special Operations. After years of struggling to fit into the conservative evangelical world, Brown recently revealed that he was homosexual. He holds a Master’s in Divinity from New Orleans Baptist and a Master’s in Psychology from Alabama A&M.

For more information, interviews and media inquiries please contact: Nicholas Newell, P.R. Director, at 509.724.0577 or by emailing


About GOal: GOaL (Get Out and Live) is a public benefit non-profit organization and was created to bring relief and safe passage to the LGBTQ community not only in coming out but also in their individual and collective journeys throughout their lives. GOaL also works to mitigate any inequality based on race, ethnicity, creed, or orientation. GOaL’s target is to join the fight to eliminate social injustice and discrimination in all areas of humanity. We seek to help individual seeks to live openly, to educate those who are unaware of the struggles that discrimination causes. GOaL hopes to encourage others to see the value in loving the LBGTQ community and others and experience being loved by this community. Lastly, they aim to curtail the needless loss of life that results from living alone in fear.
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Hello everyone!

The amount of support that has poured in over the weekend has been inspiring and moving. I cannot thank all of you enough. This ordeal is not an easy one but seeing the donations, the kind words, the sharing of videos and posts on personal pages...It makes it easier. And I know it fuels Tim's persistence.

This weekend this story has gained a lot of traction. Tim's original video has garnered 18,000 views and 500 shares! Subsequent videos have reached 1000s more. Tim has also been interviewed by multiple tv stations and papers. I have posted links below to view the stories. I ask for your continued support in two ways. First please continue to share, retweet, like the Facebook videos, tweets etc.

Secondly below are listed the stories on the associated tv stations Facebook pages. Many of the comment sections are riddled with inaccuracies and hate as what is unfortunately to be expected with the internet today. That said it really bothers me to see a man of Tims character being shredded online. So if you are a friend of Tim's and you know of the good work he does as an army chaplain every day for nearly 10 years please leave a positive comment on one of the posts below.

don't forget to visit at and order your shirt!

NICHOLAS NEWELL (tims home paper) (welcome to the south) (disrespect for the military is unreal)
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Thank you for the outpouring of support. Please view our website for additional ways to help. Tim was on WRAL tonight you can view the transcript below or watch the video at the link below:

A Fort Bragg Army chaplain is fighting to bring home his husband who was deported after he unlawfully entered the country.

Army Officer Tim Brown said he and his husband, Sergio Avilo, had obtained a marriage waiver and were at a hearing at the United States Immigration Services building in Charlotte on Thursday.

His husband was questioned by ICE officials, and Brown has not seen him since.

Fort Bragg Army chaplain fights to bring home husband after deportation
Brown said since he and Alviro married, they have been working toward his citizenship and taking all legal and necessary paths.

"We dated for a while, married January 2017 in Key West. We pretty quickly started the process of immigration,” Brown said.

After obtaining a marriage waiver in April and then reporting to an immigration hearing in Charlotte this week, Avila was detained.

“Four hours later, I get a phone call from Sergio saying, ‘I've been detained and I'm being deported,’” Brown said. “It was devastating and shocking. I didn't even know how to respond.”

Immigrations and Custom Enforcement officials said the decision was made to take Avila into ICE custody because of his status as an immigration fugitive and convicted criminal alien.

Avila skipped a court date when he was 7 years old and was convicted of driving while under the influence in Durham in 2015.

"When he was 7, his uncle brought them to North Carolina. He had no clue it was a court date as a 7-year-old," Brown said.

Brown said Avila has spent almost his entire life in the United States and fears for his safety if he goes back to Honduras as a member of the gay community.

"At what point do we step back and say this is about humanity, this is about people’s lives?" Brown said.

Brown said he's going to fight to get his husband back and tackle the larger issue of immigration reform.

"Conservative (and) liberals agree all together to fix the system and our congressmen and our senators are deaf to that," he said.

Brown said he'll continue to fight, not just for his husband, but for a path to citizenship for all immigrants.

"I love him. I love you Sergio,” he said. “And they’ve messed with the wrong guy. I am persistent and determined and will not quit to advocate for humanity."

A statement from ICE said Avila remains in custody, pending arrangements for his return to his country of citizenship.
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