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Kent County I-BOND Fund

$2,405 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 22 days
Created December 29, 2018
Please help us provide funds to free our detained immigrant neighbors in Kent County, Michigan!

I-BOND (Immigrant Bond for Our Neighbors’ Defense) is a revolving immigrant bond fund for people in Kent County facing detention on immigration-related charges. Immigration-related bonds are usually set at $5,000 or more. Raising this much money is often extremely difficult or impossible for a detained person or their family, especially if the detained person loses wages or loses their job while behind bars. The aim of this community-supported bond fund is to pay partial or full amounts of the bond needed so that immigrants can return to their homes and be with their families.

We believe that all of our immigrant neighbors are welcome and important in our community and that ICE detentions and deportations are an affront to human dignity. This fund is a way for us to take a stand against injustice and to have our neighbors’ backs. We want immigrant members of our community to have the greatest chance to stay here and to be free. It's extremely difficult for immigrants to find representation from behind bars. Immigrants who are released from detention are five times more likely to find a lawyer than immigrants who are detained, and immigrants with legal counsel are twice as likely to win their cases as those without counsel.

68% of immigrants granted bond are found *not* to be legally deportable. Yet those without funds to pay a bond find this out only after a lengthy jail stay while their lives are disrupted and their families suffer.

A large percentage of immigrants held in detention have committed no crime other than being underdocumented in the U.S. Even those with a so-called criminal record often have old, minor, non-violent offenses such as driving without a license—and the laws in Michigan can make obtaining a license impossible.

ICE detention centers have become notorious for their unacceptable conditions, including overcrowding, insufficient or unsafe food, lack of proper medical treatment, and the use of solitary confinement. They charge exorbitant prices for phone use and basic items like soap, burdening families who may have already lost income.

We hope you can join us in resisting these violent carceral structures and supporting our neighbors.


Further Resources:

How America's Bond System Keeps Immigrants Behind Bars  - Vice

Detention Watch Network 

ACLU on Immigrant Rights and Detention 

Human Rights First on Immigrant Detention 

US: Detention Hazardous to Immigrants’ Health  - Human Rights Watch
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Update 1
Posted by JR Martin
20 days ago
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Happy New Year! And thank you so much to everyone who helped us raise $2,300 on December 31st, #FreeThePeopleDay! This money will be matched by the National Bail Fund Network for a total of $4,600 to go toward freeing our immigrant neighbors from jail. This has surpassed our hopes and we couldn't have done it without you. We are so grateful.

Donations are still welcome for this fund—we just can't promise that future contributions will be doubled, now that #FreeThePeopleDay has come and gone. But we're going to carry the spirit of this day with us into the new year, and we look forward to working together with you for justice and liberation in 2019.

In solidarity,

JR
GR Rapid Response to ICE /
Kent County I-BOND Fund
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