Keep Bernarda in the US-Sponsor Fund

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Raised by 266 people in 15 months
My 3rd grade student's mom was notified by Homeland Security ICE on February 20th that she is being deported back to Honduras.  She is to show up at her next hearing on March 7th with her flight ticket in hand or they will incarcerate her in the ICE facility in Tacoma until they are able to deport her to Honduras. 
Bernarda migrated to the United States 12 years ago.  She walked and bussed her way here with her two- year old daughter in tow with the dream of finding a safer life for herself and her child.  She got a job to earn money to support herself, as well as her parents and 11 siblings in Honduras. 
Bernarda works and keeps up a meager apartment in Marysville, Washington.   Since arriving in the United States, she has added two additional girls to the family and the children are now 14, 11, and 9 years old.  Bernarda has taken steps to be legal.  She holds a social security card, work permit, Washington state driver's license, and has checked in with immigration faithfully over the years.  She pays taxes.  Immigration told her on 2/20/18 that because she came here illegally 12 years ago, she cannot apply for a Visa.  They also confiscated her passport at this same hearing.  She is NOT a criminal.  She has never even had a speeding ticket.  She is a law-abiding person who just wants to continue to live peacefully with her three children (two of which are natural U.S. citizens).  As a teacher to two of Bernarda's girls (2nd grade for one and both 2nd and 3rd for another) I am deeply concerned for this family's safety and their ability to stay together.  Honduras is much too dangerous for Bernarda and her three daughters.  Honduras is considered to be the most dangerous place on earth.  Women are under attack and femicide is killing one woman every 16 hours.  Please take a moment to learn more about the dangers of Honduras in this May 3, 2017 ABC News video at: http://abcnews.go.com/international/men-women-honduras-inside-dangerous-places-earth-woman/story?id=47135328
The father of the two U.S. born children is living in Chicago.  He has a work visa and has already served one-year jail time for immigration.  It is unclear how long he will be able to stay in the U.S.A.  He is trying to get money together as well, to come get the children. 
I want to sponsor Bernarda so that she and the children can stay together and continue with their current living status, which is the reason for this request.  Legal fees to sponsor run about $5,000 and it can take 1.5-3 years for the process. 
In the event that I am too late or unable to sponsor Bernarda, we will need about $550 for a one-way ticket to Honduras for Bernarda by March 7th, some extra spending money for her to live on until she is able to find work, and money to help the dad with expenses of coming from Chicago to get the children and to make appropriate living conditions for them. If she is taken on March 7th, I am willing to house the children until their father can come get them. 
My heart is broken for Bernarda and her girls.  They are beautiful people and deserve to live in safety together.  Your support will help relieve the financial stress of this unbelievable crisis.  Thank you!
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Update: News from the attorney that the T Visas were denied...please donate to help her appeal this decision. Thank you!

Hello Barbara,

I have bad news to share that Bernarda's T Visa was denied. We are seeing a surge of T Visa denials, and it is very disheartening. They asked for more information and we responded with an excellent response and even brought in one of the leading T Visa experts in the country to assist. And it was still denied. It's a case that should have won.

Now there are three options:
1- Appeal the decision ($3500 for the appeal plus the filing fee of $675)
2- Refile from the beginning (though there may be a filing fee this time of $930-- this is another recent change)
3- Take no action and allow the denial to stand (we can reapply at a different time)

We have to decide quickly what we would like to do. I know that financial resources are limited and we have to prepare for her defense in court, so there is a lot to consider.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.


Alexandra Lozano, Esq.
National Award-Winning Immigration Attorney
Alexandra Lozano Immigration Law, PLLC
16400 Southcenter Pkwy, Suite 306
Tukwila, WA 98188
206-406-3068 (phone)
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Bernarda got her ankle bracelet off!!!
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Bernarda got her ankle bracelet off yesterday! After 6 months of pain and the constant reminder that our government deemed her unwelcome in our country she has finally added comfort to her daily life! In addition to this amazing news, our attorney was able to move her case from Texas to Washington. This is great news because she will not have to travel and incur costs of attending court hearings in Texas. The cost was $2200 to make this happen. We are still in need of $2,000 to bring her pay up her attorney expenses. If you are able to continue with financially supporting Bernarda, now is a much needed time to do so. This teacher thanks you for furthering her journey to citizenship!
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Okay, we need to raise $4,100 by August 15th for Alexandria Lozano, our attorney. She charged $1200 for the Bernarda's psychologist appointment to determine trauma for asylum. Bernarda paid $600 of this amount last Wednesday July 25th so we need $600 for the balance of that plus $3500 for her archived file in Texas. I am going to add this amount to the campaign and am asking everyone to help as they are able. We are going to get there with your support! I am also going to contact Washington's governor Jay Inslee to see if Bernarda is able to receive any funds from the $1.5 m allotted for immigrant attorney fees. I'll let you know the outcome. Thank you!
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