Rogelio needs your help! He was forced to leave his home after taking to the streets of Nicaragua to protest state violence and oppressive living conditions. His entire town marched against the President, against corruption, against a dictator who controlled all branches of government and did away with term limits. They marched for democracy, for the president to step down, for free and fair elections.
By participating in the protests, Rogelio and his brother stood with women, the elderly, children, the disabled, and with members of every social class. Unfortunately, they did not cover their faces with masks… and they were recognized. It was not long before the military, armed with AK-47s, came looking for them. They evaded them and took refuge in the forest; there, they learned that a para-military group had gone to their house in search of them. While in hiding, they learned about the brutal military crackdown against protesters. They knew their days on earth were numbered unless they fled. They knew they had to leave their country and everything they knew; staying meant endangering the rest of their family and risking death. Since then, there has been international outrage over the brutality protesters suffered: over 350 people dead, 1,000 injured, 1,000 missing, and counting.
They presented themselves at the border of the USA and asked for asylum. They were separated: one brother was sent to an immigrant detention facility in Washington while the other was sent to one in California. They filed for asylum and have strong cases because of political persecution. One brother is now out but Rogelio, the younger one of the two, remains detained at Adelanto Detention Facility, one of the deadliest in the country.
Now Rogelio needs to raise $3,000 to be able to post his immigration bond, get out of an immigrant detention facility, and continue the asylum process. He has a place to stay, where he will be reunited with his brother and surrounded by a loving community.
While his family has experienced poverty, they were always rich with love. He did not complete his university studies in accounting because he chose instead to work to help his family. He is a loving father and has cared for his son who was born prematurely, assuming full responsibility for the baby as a single father. He also acted as a good citizen in his home country and will demonstrate the same in his adopted one. He needs your help to do this. Please give whatever you can!
Donations are tax-deductible. This campaign is hosted by Freedom for Immigrants, a national 501(c)3 organization devoted to ending immigrant detention while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in a profit driven system. All donations to Rogelio’s bond are tax-deductible. Once Rogelio’s asylum case is resolved, the bond will come back & we can use the funds to free someone else from immigration detention!
Image: People take part in a protest march to demand an end to violence in Managua, Nicaragua, April 28, 2018. Credit: Jose Cabezas/Reuters
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