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This Family Facing Deportation Needs Your Help to Cover Expenses

In January, the West Valley police picked up a man on his way to work, mistaking him for someone else. The police then contacted ICE agents, who picked him up this Wednesday on his way to work. His truck, the family’s sole mode of transportation, is currently impounded at Legacy Towing in Salt Lake City where the impoundment fees were nearly $1,000.

This man has been separated from his wife, Erika, and their 20-month-old son, Carlito (all pictured above). Erika is 30 weeks pregnant with Carlito’s little sister. Erika and her children face the grave uncertainty of life without their beloved husband and father.

Help Erika’s Family Get By! Donate to her GoFundMe or become a monthly to the Red’s Emergency Fund.

The family is in a dire financial situation, as Erika’s husband was the sole breadwinner. Erika was able to pay rent and bills for this month, but does not know how she will cover future legal and household expenses, including the funds to get her family’s truck out of impoundment.

Erika has been able to visit her husband at the Cache County Jail where he is currently detained, but the drive from Salt Lake City is long. Let’s unite as a community to help her and her young family navigate this traumatic event. We are raising funds to help Erika and her children to stay in their home, cover future living and legal expenses, and cover the cost of the impoundment fee. Thank you for your support!

Help Queer Asylum Seekers Settle in SLC

Pablo has a chance to get out of detention and reunite with his partner in SLC. Please donate to his legal fees and share this video –> bit.ly/freepabloslc

P.S. Just in case you don’t know, the United States puts people (and their children) in prisons just for being in the country without papers, and people in our own community profit off of the business of dehumanizing and incarcerating them. The Management & Training Corporation detention center, where Pablo is detained, is run by a local philanthropist, and local nonprofit organizations are accepting her dirty money.

Empanadas Fundraiser!

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Do you love empanadas? Do you want to help make sure a family can stay together? Luis and Carey are happily married with a 4 year-old daughter, but are being threatened by separation if Luis is not able to become documented in the United States.

Carey is making mouth-watering, delicious empanadas for $8/plate of 5 (they’re pretty big). You can order chicken and/or veggie!

  • To order, text Katie at (717) 654-1690 or fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2QVV96X
  • Place your order by Wednesday, February 6th for pickup or delivery on Saturday, February 9th. Pickup is in Salt Lake City. Delivery is limited to Salt Lake County.

Luis left Honduras to escape gang violence, and since the murder of his older brother and the passing away of his father, he is not only the sole bread winner of his family in Utah, but also supporting his mother and other family members in Honduras.

In order become a legal resident in Utah, Luis has to return to Honduras to complete paperwork there and then re-enter the United States. He needs support for air travel and other expenses, and funds to support his daughter and wife while he is away – his daughter has chronic thyroid disease and requires special care and frequent visits to the children’s hospital, adding to the family’s financial burden.

If you want to support Luis and Carey, but don’t want to order empanadas, donate to their GoFundMe or become a monthly to the Red’s Emergency Fund.

Help Queer Asylum Seeker Get Home to His Partner

We need your help. 

This is Pablo* (on the left).

Pablo is a queer asylum seeker from Honduras who is currently being held in an immigration detention center in California.

A local group, Queers Divest, is raising money to bail him out so that he can live with his partner in Salt Lake City. 

Pablo’s partner was also on the caravan, but managed to get released from detention with help from another nonprofit.

Help Raise $3000 to Bail Him Out By Clicking Here or become a monthly donor to the Red’s Emergency Fund.

If he’s bailed out Pablo will be able to live with his partner without fear for the first time in his life. It will also make fighting his case much easier.

Bail is placed on asylum seekers like Pablo even though they have not committed any crimes.

It is cruel and dangerous to keep people locked up when they came seeking asylum under U.S. law.

Please help Pablo avoid the violence and persecution he faced in Honduras. Help him build a life with his partner here in Salt Lake City.

Please share this message with your friends, family, and groups you may work with.

Thank you!

*We are using a pseudonym to help protect this man’s anonymity.

UPDATE:

On January 9, allies were able to visit Pablo at the Imperial Regional Detention Center. We were not allowed to bring any phone or recording equipment into the center, but we borrowed a pen from the guard and took notes on the message [translated here] he wants to share with potential supporters:

“Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. It’s been hard since my family rejected me because of who I am. They won’t even answer my calls now. It means so much that there are people I don’t even know who will support me and my partner, even when our own families reject us.

Every day I work inside this center, and they pay me a dollar a day. With that dollar I call my partner, just to hear his voice. I tell him about the book I’m reading, called ‘Bajo La Misma Estrella’ and we imagine being together one day. But as the months go by and I’m still stuck here, it’s hard to hold onto hope.

My partner tells me to keep fighting to be free. Now that he’s working to spread our story to a wider community, I’m finally feeling some hope again that we’ll be together again one day.”

Pablo looked healthy physically, but it was very clear that he is suffering from a lack of emotional and physical connection. He is trying to keep his hope up, but it’s hard in the face of all this repression. He said many times that it wasn’t so hard being in detention when his partner was there, but now that he is alone he doesn’t know if he can handle it. Please, please help us get Pablo out! Thank you!

V’s Family Needs Your Help

This is V. V has lived in the United States since he was 2 years old. Currently, he lives in Utah County where he is the father of two preemie babies and another little girl. He also cares for his mother and his brothers, as well as other family members. A few weeks ago, V was picked up by ICE and taken away to a detention center in Colorado.

Help V and his family in Utah County—donate on GoFundMe or become a monthly donor to the Red’s Emergency Fund.

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V’s detention has devastated his family’s finances. Since V is the primary breadwinner, his family was unable to make ends meet while he was away. The family also had to borrow thousands of dollars for bail. Thankfully, V is now back home; unfortunately, he has been unable to find work since his return.

We are hopeful that V can get permanent status with the help of lawyers, but he needs our support to get there. His family needs help with basic necessities like rent and food while he looks for work. They also need money to hire lawyers, and they need help paying back the bail money.

Please help as much as you can so that this family can be safe and happy together this holiday season!

Help V and his family in Utah County—donate on GoFundMe or become a monthly donor to the Red’s Emergency Fund.

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