ICE, Release Victor and Francisco to their Families

     

 Victor 
           Francisco

Call Immigration Now at 215-656-7164

Hi, my name is _________ I am calling to ask Director Decker to release  Victor Ibarra Jimenez (A#076-579-661) and Francisco Ivan Avila Canela (A#200688743). They should be able to return to their families and fight their deportation cases from home. Thank you. 

 

Victor Ibarra Jimenez is detained at York County Correctional Facility. He is the father of three children, two of which are U.S. citizens, who are 12, 8 and 6 years old and has been living in the United States for a decade now. He is a construction worker and resident of Norristown, Pennsylvania, known for caring about his community and family. In March he got into a small fender bender and instead of being issued a ticket at the site of the accident he was mailed an order to appear in court. He went to court to pay his ticket and was unnecessarily fingerprinted by the court, an action that lead to Victor’s arrest by ICE on May 15th, 2014.

Victor and his wife, Maritza, moved to the United States after the death of their daughter. Their first child was born with severe asthma and and suffered a severe asthma attack as baby. She was brought to the hospital by her mother and was forced to wait for hours to see the doctor. The baby died in her mother’s arms in the hospital waiting room just feet away from physicians. A few days later Maritza gave birth to her oldest son who born with the same asthma condition. After the birth of their son and the death of their daughter the family decided to move to the United States to be able to access proper medical attention for all their sons, all of whom suffer from the same medical condition. Maritza is currently working two jobs to be able to provide for her children.

Francisco Ivan Avila Canela is detained at York County Correctional Facility. He is the father of 2 U.S. citizen children, who are 9 and 3 years old and has been living in the United States for a decade now. He is a cook in two restaurants and resident of Norristown, Pennsylvania, known for caring about his community and family.

Francisco was picked up by ICE on April 21st, 2014 as he was finishing doing laundry with his family. As he was about to drive home from the laundry mat he was asked out of his car by ICE agents and arrested in front of his wife and children. His wife suffers from epilepsy and despite her doctor’s warnings is currently working two jobs to support her children while her husband is detained.While living in Mexico Francisco had been kidnapped and ransomed. His family was able to pay for the ransom and he was released, but the experience has obviously left Francisco scared to return to Mexico. On August 6th he passed his reasonable fear interview but is continuing to be held.

 

Coming Out: Storytelling on being Queer and/or Undocumented

Coming Out: Storytelling on being Queer and/or Undocumented

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On September 15th, 2014 Juntos partnered with GALAEI, a latino queer social justice organization in Philadelphia, to bring to light the intersections between the Latino-Immigrant community and the Queer-Latino community in Philadelphia. What came out of this partnership was a landmark panel discussion that highlighted the process of “Coming Out” wether it is about your sexual orientation or your immigration status. The parallels that were brought up showed us that our communities have more in common than in differences and that it is because of these shared experiences that our communities should join forces.

Below is a video of the panel discussion that occurred.

Storytelling About Being Queer and/or Undocumented from PhillyCAM on Vimeo.