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Cesar Matias - Help secure this man's bond and support LGBT safety.

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THE STORY:

Cesar Matias fled to America in 2005 seeking protection from the persecution he suffered in Honduras as a gay man. He settled in Southern California, where he worked as a hair stylist. Unfortunately, America’s promise of happiness and freedom was taken away from Cesar. In 2012, federal immigration agents picked up Cesar and began deportation proceedings against him. Cesar requested protection under the asylum laws, on account of the persecution he would face as a gay man if deported to Honduras. Later in 2012, an immigration judge found that Cesar did not pose a flight risk or a risk to public safety, and therefore ruled that he could be released on a $3000 cash bond. For Cesar, who has no assets, this was as good as being denied release. Cesar has remained in Santa Ana City Jail for more than 4 years while his immigration case has been pending in the courts. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit this April on behalf of Cesar and others who are similarly locked up simply because they are too poor to pay a bond. The immigration system does not consider a detainee’s ability to afford bond when determining how much cash must be posted. An excessive price of release forces the person to languish in jail, which is particularly unfair for someone who is seeking protection from persecution in their home country. While Cesar’s story is harrowing, he isn’t the only one. There are so many others who have come to America with the hopes of becoming free and being able to live their own American dream, because they could not fully be who they are in their own country without fear that they may lose their life. Help Cesar break free of this unjust and indefinite detention so he can begin to live his life open and fully.

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  • Michael Selman

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    $25

  • Felicity Figueroa

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  • David Vallerga

    $25

  • Helen May

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  • Christina

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  • Jan

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  • Anonymous

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $400

1 year ago

Jan

Jan

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Christina

Christina

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Helen May

Helen May

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

David Vallerga

David Vallerga

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Debbie Mytels

Debbie Mytels

DONATION: $25

In honor of Thomas Atwood (and Cesar) 1 year ago

Felicity Figueroa

Felicity Figueroa

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

1 year ago