Carmina, Mother from Santa Ana Legal Fees Fundraiser
Organized by: Marcela Hernandez
Carmina Ortega is the mother of 4 US citizens in Santa Ana who was placed on immigration detention center a few months ago. She fled gender persecution at 21 -years-old in Mexico—her ex-husband chained her in a room almost daily. She escaped directly from the hospital with her new born after giving birth. She fears that, if deported, her ex-husband will come after her. Carmina has passed her credible fear interview to be granted asylum but ICE has kept her in detention and she spend almost 22 hours in her cell. Her bond hearing is on Monday, October 31st and the family needs support with legal fees!
These conditions have deteriorated her mental health. Carmina is currently being detained in Santa Ana City Jail’s immigrant detention center where she is need of medical services for her leg after a man attempted to ran her over for holding her partners hand (Liz). Carmina and Liz have a family of four children who need Carmina's emotional and economic support. One of her sons dropped out of college to work as a result of Carmina’s detention.
Carmina has resided in the US for 21 years and is a small business owner in Santa Ana. Carmina was transferred to ICE after police found she had a previous non-violent drug conviction. As members of the LGBTQ community are deprived of support and services, they are often left to self-medicate. That was true in Carmina’s case at the moments when she was experiencing trauma. However, Carmina has already served time for her previous convictions and should not be doubly punished. She should be reunited with her children and partner, and be permitted to stay in the United States for her safety.