Jose is a 26-year old asylum-seeker who was forced to leave his family and home in Guatemala to escape violence. Jose arrived at the US Border in early October and was promptly detained. After being connected to a community sponsor through Freedom for Immigrants, Jose was granted release on bond to pursue his asylum case. Jose’s family was able to borrow the $15,000 to post bond and he was released in late February, after five long months in ICE detention.
Jose’s family now needs to raise funds to repay the money they borrowed to secure his release. This is quite a large amount for their family. Additionally, while his sponsor and family are trying to find pro-bono representation, because of the huge caseload that immigrant advocates face at this time, they may end up needing to pay for an attorney.
Prior to leaving his small town near the Guatemalan coast, Jose studied auto mechanics at a local college and started a small tire repair business to help his family in a depressed economy. The business brought in needed income to support his mother and 3 younger siblings. He was also an active member of the Church of God, where he worked with youth. He is now looking forward to learning English and beginning a new life in the US where he doesn’t have to fear for his safety. All proceeds raised will help his family pay down loans taken for his bond or for legal services.
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