Support for Amber Batts
Organized by: allen hanson
allen hanson via Crowdrise
December 21, 2015
EVENT DATE Dec 16, 2014
*Update from Amber in jail*
Please help me keep my home. I have a balloon payment due in January for 2000.00 My home where I raised my son (he is 22) and am raising my daughter will be foreclosed upon f I don't pay the mortgage lender payment. I am very lucky that my son is living at home and is able to pay the monthly bills, yet this balloon payment is something we ca not pay. I am not used to asking for help like this, yet I know because I am in jail I can not take care of this, and I do not hve family or friends with this kind of money.
I am waiting on approval or denial from DOC electronic monitoring (EM). If I am approved, I can go home and serve my time. EM would allow me to work, pay my bills, and be a parent, and thankfully the cost is very reasonable. This is the main reason I didn't sell my home before I was sentenced; without a home I have no way to EM unless I go to a women's shelter. The other reasons were my daughter wouldn't be able to come home and my son would have to find another place to live. My daughter is 14 and her father and I divorced when she was 3. She is living with him while I am incarcerated. The worst part of being in prison is seeing the difficulties my kids have experienced because I am not there for them.
Please consider donating funds to assist me in paying the 2000 balloon payment. If 40 people contributed 50 or 50 people contributed 40, I would be able to pay. In return I would like to offer what I can. If you decide to donate, I would be happy to... Draw a cartoon, write a essay or poem, draw a picture, be a amazing penpal, give you the run down on the "Day in the life" at the women's prison. If you want something specific, just let me know. You would have to write me a letter so I would have your address, anyway. Any reasonable request will not be turned away. This is shameless begging as far as I am concerned, and I am not happy about it, but I am grateful and appreciative. Please share this page/link. I have also posted this on my blog at sexworkssolidarity.com
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Amber Batts #322410 9109 Hesterberg Rd Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Eagle River Alaska 99577
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In 2012 Alaska made all prostitution sex trafficking, and in 2014 they charged Amber Batts with 7 counts of felony sex trafficking for allegedly providing services to escorts. She is not accused of any form of violence, abuse, manipulation, or the involvement of minors - in fact the charging documents explain the great lengths she took to screen clients for safety.
Amber will be sentenced at the end of July, but until then she has to pay $600/month to an ankle monitoring company that allows her to be on house arrest and spend time with her children until her sentencing. The conditions of her bail prevent her from getting a job outside of the home or using the internet. Currently she has an urgent need for $300 every 2 weeks to keep her home with her kids until her sentencing. Crowdrise is awesome and lets her get the money out as needed, so keep donating to keep her out of jail!
If you know Amber and would like to send a letter to the judge for her sentencing, please send it to Brendon Kelley at the Office of Public Advocacy.