"Afran” was kidnapped and tortured, and his house was vandalized. Afran grew up in Ghana, were he was persecuted by an anti-gay group because of his sexual orientation. He was able to travel to the United States to seek asylum, where he was put into prison to await his deportation hearing. A PIRC attorney met with Afran and was able to provide him research, draft a brief, and coordinate a forensic evaluation to document the injuries sustained in his torture. Afran was able to include all of these materials as evidence to show that if he returned to Ghana, his life would be danger. With this evidence, he was granted asylum! Afran is now free from prison and lives in safety here in the Unites States.
More than 86% of the immigrants facing deportation must represent themselves in court in a language, culture, and system of laws which they know little about. The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) has only four attorneys to provide legal education to more than 2,000 detained immigrants each year. And PIRC can represent only a handful of asylum-seekers. For the other asylum-seekers facing deportation, PIRC helps them to help themselves.
You can help protect immigrants like Afran from being deported back to a country where they face persecution and possible death. It costs only $300 to provide an asylum seeker in detention with potentially life-saving education and legal assistance. Your contribution can make a profound difference. Now more than ever, they need your help. Please make your tax-deductible donation today!