Sterling Family Fund
He is due to be sentenced on April 24, 2015. His attorneys are currently appealing the conviction. Unfortunately for Jeffrey, he became the government’s primary target because he had the audacity to do two things
He went through appropriate legal channels to address his concerns about a covert CIA operation.
He filed a discrimination lawsuit against the CIA in August of 2001 (two months later he was fired) which was coincidentally thrown out because proof would require release of classified information. Jeffrey contacted Mr. Risen in an effort to have his discrimination story heard. Mr. Risen subsequently did write an article about Jeffrey's lawsuit. Another story was published in the May 20, 2002 issue of “People” magazine. Here is an excerpt:
“Sterling joined the CIA in 1993 and two years later became a case officer in the Iran Task Force. (He was the only black among its more than 20 professionals.) To prepare, he spent a year studying Farsi, the language of Iran. Sent to Bonn in 1997 to recruit Iranians as agents, he grew frustrated when he wasn't given new prospects to recruit. Perplexed, he returned to Langley and confronted his supervisors. “I asked why I wasn't receiving any assignments. They said, “Well, you kind of stick out as a big black guy,” Sterling recalls. “They said, 'You bring unwanted attention to where you're assigned. Everyone in management agreed I was too conspicuous. And I said, “Well, when did you realize that I was black?”
Arrested in 2011, he was fired from his job at Anthem Healthcare. This, after winning an award in 2010 for saving the company over 32 million dollars due to healthcare fraud. He has been unable to get another job. He and his wife Holly lived off their savings and Holly’s income as a social worker for a few years but the money has run out. Their house is on the cusp of foreclosure, they have had to depend on the kindness of family, friends and in some cases total strangers for the money to travel from their home in Missouri to court in Virginia.
I have never met a man with more integrity and more strength in family values. You know when you meet him that he is a man who puts family and honesty above all else. There are many people who believe that Jeffrey was steamrolled because of his color and because he stood up for what he believes in and would not plead guilty to something he did not do.
Please consider making a donation to help Jeffrey’s family to ease the ongoing financial burdens they face.
Today, I received an encouraging telephone call from my beloved husband Jeffrey. He informed me that he was called to the Health Services Department this morning by the attending physician. Jeffrey and the physician discussed his prior EKG results and blood test. The physician is making a request for a consultation with an outside cardiac specialist. Per the physician, the approval can take up to 30 days, and if the request is denied, he will appeal the decision. In the meantime, Jeffrey has a follow up appointment with the attending physician on August 29th at 3pm.
Although Jeffrey is not receiving immediate medical treatment, we are glad that they are finally taking steps in the right direction. It is still troubling to both of us that such extraordinary actions had to be taken in order for Jeffrey to begin receiving the proper medical care he is entitled to.
Jeffrey and I personally want to thank each and every one of you that called, sent emails and letters to the Warden, the President, etc., to assist in Jeffrey receiving medical treatment. We further thank you for your kinds words and letters of support and encouragement written to Jeffrey, as it has provided a light for him in a very dark and desolate existence. Thank you for the continued efforts in signing the petition, and your financial contributions that allow me to spend a weekend each month with the love of my life.
We are forever grateful,
Your past support for CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling lifted his spirits. Now, this urgent message from Holly Sterling asks for your help at a crucial time.
It has been over a year now since my beloved husband, Jeffrey Sterling, began serving his unjust 3 1/2 year prison sentence. Honestly, this has been the worst year of our lives.
Sadly, the pain continues as Jeffrey is currently suffering from serious cardiac medical issues that have been blatantly disregarded, along with not receiving the proper medical care he is entitled to. Jeffrey has a history of atrial fibrillation, which he was previously hospitalized for, and is now experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
I have sent a letter to the Warden on Jeffrey's behalf demanding that he receive the proper medical care. My attempts have gone unanswered, Jeffrey continues to suffer, and we are both terrified of the consequences of not receiving the proper medical care.
Can you please help us? I am doing everything in my power to help Jeffrey, however I cannot do it alone. There are several ways in which you can help:
* Your financial contribution to the Sterling Family Fund would assist with me hiring a lawyer, if necessary, to fight for Jeffrey’s humane right to proper medical care. It also would allow me the privilege to continue to travel the more than 800 miles from home to visit Jeffrey in the prison near Denver. To donate, please click here.
* You may also email or call the Warden, Deborah Denham, demanding that Jeffrey receive the necessary and proper medical care. You may email her at ExecAssistant@bop.gov or call 303-763-4300.
* You may also continue to send words of encouragement to my dear husband Jeffrey. You may write letters and/or send cards to him at the following address:
JEFFREY STERLING, 38338-044
Federal Correctional Institution
9595 West Quincy Avenue
Littleton, CO 80123
I’m writing this with our sincerest gratitude to all of you for supporting Jeffrey and me. Please know that your financial contributions, kind words and letters of support and encouragement, and signing the petition to pardon Jeffrey, provide us the strength to continue to fight for justice. It also reinforces our belief that individuals are inherently good, and genuinely care about each other.
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I am contacting you on behalf of my husband, Mr. Jeffrey Sterling, 38338-044. On June 21, 2016, Mr. Sterling reported to the Health Services Department with the following symptoms: chest pain, profuse sweating, and shortness of breath. Mr. Sterling reported the staff performed an EKG, which showed elevated levels, with signs of a blockage. The staff informed Mr. Sterling the blockage was "probably due to electrode placement". The staff told Mr. Sterling they felt it was not a cardiac issue and possibly due to being dehydrated, although Mr. Sterling repeatedly told them he drinks plenty of liquids daily. The staff also discussed Mr. Sterling's age and the predisposition of health issues for African Americans. The staff informed Mr. Sterling a request for a levels check would be entered but did not inform him the exact date when the blood panel would be conducted.
There are several concerns regarding the medical attention provided to Mr. Sterling. First, Mr. Sterling has a history of Atrial Fibrillation, which is in his medical chart. Upon entry into the facility on June 16, 2015, a baseline EKG was to be taken. This was never completed. Second, if the EKG showed signs of a blockage, but staff stated it was due to electrode placement, does it not warrant another EKG to be administered properly to obtain an accurate reading? How can staff conclude that Mr. Sterling does not indeed have a blocked artery? Third, why was a blood panel not taken at the time of the incident?
On July 25, 2016, Mr. Sterling sent a note to the Health Services Department reporting chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness. Mr. Sterling was instructed that he had a laboratory appointment on July 27, 2016 at 6 am. At that appointment, Mr. Sterling's blood was taken and he was informed he would be contacted only if there was an issue. Why was a blood panel taken only after Mr. Sterling informed the medical staff of a second instance of potential cardiac issues, and more than a month after the initial reported health issue? Shouldn't Mr. Sterling be provided the results of his blood panel test regardless of whether or not the staff believes "there is an issue"?
Given that Mr. Sterling has now had two episodes, a new EKG needs to be administered correctly by properly trained medical personnel. The results of the EKG and blood panel should be shown and discussed with Mr. Sterling upon completion.
As per the January 26, 2012, Admission & Orientation Handbook, Mr. Sterling has the right to the following:
The patient has the right to communicate with those responsible for his care to receive from them adequate information concerning the nature and extent of his medical problems, the planned course of treatment, and the prognosis. In addition, he has a right to expect adequate instruction in self-care in the interim between visits to the hospital.
The inmate has the right to file grievances pertaining to medical care with no repercussions.
Mr. Sterling's goal is simply to get the medical care he needs and to which he is entitled. His hope is that this email will result in that occurring. However, if Mr. Sterling's medical needs are not addressed after receipt of this email, his legal team will be consulted for further assistance in this matter and if necessary, Mr. Sterling will file a formal grievance.
Mrs. Holly Sterling
Jeffrey is not just "away", he is in a federal correctional facility considered low security. He shares space with child molesters, rapists, murderers and other career felons.
At his first visit with the prison psychologist, she didn't even look at his file just asked how many times he had been incarcerated.
Every time Jeffrey wants to send a letter, he must buy a stamp, we can't send it to him, If he wants salt or pepper or any type of spice on his meal, he must pay for it, we can't send it to him.
He sleeps on a concrete bed with a foam mattress and no pillow.
If he gets a cold, he can't buy cough syrup because inmates will use it for tatoo ink.
If he wants sneakers to walk, he has to buy them.
When Holly goes to visit he can pay for food out of the vending machine in the visitor area. Holly will typically spend all the allowable time with Jeffrey going without so she can use the money she brought to let Jeffrey eat.
The prison had a plumbing issue that lasted for three days, 900 men urinated and defacated in toilets that were overflowing and did not flush for THREE days. You would think a hazmat team would come in and do the cleanup but no, inmates were responsible for the cleanup.
Jeffrey spends a few hours every day tutoring inmates who are primarily illiterate and have no desire to change. For this task he earns either 67 or 69 cents per day (I can't quite remember).
It's easy for me, for all of us to go about our days, worrying about both trivial and important things, spending time with our loved ones and living life to forget, in our very humanness, what Jeffrey faces every day. No, he is not at a camp, able to hang out with the likes of Rod Blegovich and other political prisoners. Jeffrey is incarcerated in a demoralizing facility where he struggles every day to maintain his dignity and his hope.
Please keep Jeffrey and Holly in your thoughts and prayers. Continue to send Jeffrey kind words. Mail is important to him.
Jeffrey Sterling, 38338-044
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO 80123
A bit of good news perhaps, a tentative date has been scheduled with the appellate court to hear arguments. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Blessing to you all. Keep you loved ones close. Be ready with a smile and a hug for they can turn a frown upside down.
Sterling family: I have been following closely your case and I applaud your courage for deciding to appeal. I suspect the decision was not easy . I wish I had more comforting words but suffice it to say, you aren't going through this alone. Many are on your side and support you. All the best, Teresa Just a word for all these posts for assistance, help, and money. This is not the appropriate forum to advertise your needs. It is taking advantage of someone's else's situation. While your stories may be compelling, it would be best to find your own place for support.
Jeffrey, I've been following this travesty closely since January 2011 (thanks largely to updates from Marcy Wheeler, FAS, and Normon Solomon). You and Holly have been very much in my thoughts these past 4 years. The world sees this string of grave injustices. All the best and onward to appeal . . .
This outrageous injustice reminds me of the unlawful conviction of Abraham Bolden, the first African American Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail. He too was framed for a crime that in fact never took place! You can read his sadly familiar story in his 2008 book The Echo From Dealey Plaza. You have my continuing support, especially now during the holidays.
Thank God. I am so thankful to hear that things are moving in the right direction. Sterlings, you are in my family's prayers continually. Leann
Still standing with you, Holly and Jeffrey. (Also left a voicemail at Engelwood and sent e-mail to Warden Denham about medical care.)
does he not have the right to see a cardiologist? It may be nothing but a troponin level, (simple blood test) and an addiciotnal EKG is the very least they should perform. Is he on Coumadin for his a-fib or another anti-coagulant? This situation is appalling. To be treated, or rather not be treated, is beyond comprehensible. I don't understand our country anymore. Please persist and good luck.
My heart is with you both. Our country is in bad shape these days. This is not a private prison, is it?
Good morning PLEASE check out this Facebook Page established for Mr. Sterling and his family. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/Justice-for-CIA-Operative-Jeffrey-Sterling-461403980723858/?ref=br_rs