Sanctuary Streets Baltimore is raising money for detained immigrants in Maryland. The money goes directly to immigrant families to help bring their loved ones home.
UPDATE: Jose's family decided to borrow money for his bail to get him out of detention before Christmas. Jose is now reunited with his family!!! We, however, will continue to raise money to help cover what the family had to borrow, and all funds raised thus far will go towards the same end. MANY THANKS for all your generous donations thus far!!
URGENT: Help bring Jose* home this holiday season!! Sanctuary Streets has just received word from our partner CAIR that Jose is in need of $5000 to meet his bond for his next hearing January 12th.
We know times are difficult for everyone this holiday season. Any amount goes a long way in bringing Jose home and making a difference in the lives of immigrant families. See below for more on Jose and Sanctuary Streets;
Jose* came to the United States when he was four years old on a tourist visa. He has not left the United States since and has built a life and home in Baltimore City before being sent by ICE to Georgia to be detained.
Jose is a good person who has devoted his life to his family. He has been supporting his family since he was 14 years old, working and studying at the same time. When he graduated from high school, he worked two jobs because his parents and his brother were all suffering from severe health conditions. His US citizen mother, who is a cancer survivor struggles with diabetes, kidney problems, high blood pressure and depression, his brother suffers from autism, schizophrenia and could barely speak, his father has cardiomyopathy, hypertension, diabetes, and has a complicated kidney disease which necessitates hemodialysis.
Jose was the rock of his family. Aside from supporting them financially, he also made sure to take care of them by taking them to their doctors’ appointments, serving as their interpreters, and ensuring that they take their medication regularly. When he was 19 years old, he generously donated one of his kidneys to his US citizen sister who was suffering from a life-threatening kidney disease.
While he is separated from his wife, he and his ex-wife have remained good friends and have continued to work together in order to make sure that their US citizen son is constantly cared for and feels loved. Despite his grueling schedule working multiple jobs to support his family, Jose, at all times, made it a point to be present and involved in his son’s life.
This holiday season, all Jose prays for is to be reunited with his family—especially with his son and mother.
*Name changed to protect the privacy of the compa
The funds raised through this page (after fees) will be transferred to family members of the detained community members, with whom we are in contact via their lawyers at CAIR Coalition. In the event that the funds raised cannot be used by the currently intended recipient (because they are insufficient for bail in this case, or the circumstances of the case change for some reason), the money will remain in our bail fund for the next eligible case we identify. Sanctuary Streets Baltimore is fiscally sponsored by Fusion Parternships, Inc.
Sanctuary Streets Baltimore is a group of volunteers, most of whom are immigrants themselves or children of immigrants. For more than two years now we have been accompanying our immigrant community members to their court dates, ICE check ins, or other interactions with authorities. We never claim to be lawyers or social workers; we simply stand in solidarity with out community members by providing logistical and emotional support to those who are faced with our inhumane and complicated immigration system. We began raising money for bail support in December 2018, and since then have provided assistance to reunite at least 7 families. To get involved with our efforts visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sanctuarystreets/
Fiscal Sponsor: Fusion Partnerships
Artwork by Zuleica Zepeda @zuleicazepeda