We have good news! Jose was released and reunited with his nine-year-old daughter on June 18th, after being detained for over 8 months. It was possible because the generosity of over 250 supporters. $17,000 was raised in 6 days as a part of the #FreeOurFathers bond drive.
From #FreeOurFathers, thank you!
Here is the full update from Alejandra Rosero, Jose's attorney, which can also be found on BrokeAssStuart:
In honor of Father’s Day and in solidarity to thousands of detained immigrant fathers who have been ripped away from their children as they fight their deportation, Dolores Street Community Services joined forces with the Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund, Freedom for Immigrants, and the Bay Area Sanctuary Neighborhoods to launch the campaign #FreeOurFathers to bring fathers back to their children for Father’s Day.
Thanks to #FreeOurFathers and the support and resilience of the community, Jose— an immigrant father who has lived in the Bay Area for more than 20 years – regained his freedom and is back with his nine-year old daughter.
Jose spent nine-months in detention just because he was unrepresented and did not have the means to afford bond. He was only able to walk out the infamous door of the detention facility because the community united and fought for his freedom.
Linda Olvera, who is a volunteer for Freedom for Immigrants and took Jose to his family after he was released from the detention center described Jose’s reunion with his daughter as an “unbelievable moment.” She said, “His daughter did not know Jose had been released. She was outside playing and she spotted him the minute he got out of the car and came running to hug him while screaming ‘papa, papa!’ They hugged each other for a long time.”
The case of Jose was not an isolated one. ICE detains hundreds of parents in the Bay Area, depriving their children of a caregiver and quite often a breadwinner. We can help these parents and bring them back to their children. We have to stand up against injustice and fight against the cruel and inhuman practice of separating of families in our communities.
While this is such wonderful and incredible news, there are still so many people who need our help. If you want to get involved and want to help create change you please donate money or volunteer for the following organizations: