San Diego gay man needs help NOW to stop deportation to Uganda!
  • Petitioned John Morton

This petition was delivered to:

Assistant Director, ICE
John Morton
Secretary of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano
California-53
Rep. Susan Davis
California
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer

San Diego gay man needs help NOW to stop deportation to Uganda!

    1. Hector Martinez
    2. Petition by

      Hector Martinez

      San Diego, CA

Joseph Sekajugo Bokombe, a gay man from Uganda, is in custody in the United States for an expired visa. His deportation hearing happened in March 2011, with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) now actively processing his deportation back to Uganda.  

Uganda is a particularly toxic climate for LGBT people. The government has considered legislation that would sentence LGBT people to life imprisonment or execution, and violence toward LGBT people is rampant in the country. Yet despite these circumstances, ICE is moving ahead with sending Joseph back to the country.

Joseph lives in San Diego and works in the music industry, volunteers at a local church and non-profit, and has been known to karaoke at a local bar. Please sign this petition to request granting an extension to his visa and possible permanent residency. The U.S. should not send him back to Uganda, where he faces the threat of violence solely because of his sexual orientation.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Gay Ugandan Man Freed From Local Detention Facility

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Thank you to everyone who donated to help Joseph post bail. Joseph was able to spend the holidays with his friends and supporters in San Diego, though he still faces a court hearing to determine whether he will be deported. Please keep up the pressure and show your support for Joseph.

    2. St. Paul's Foundation has stepped up! Please contribute to legal fees.

      Hector Martinez
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed! I still have not found an attorney for Joesph and so I went to court for him. The judge said that he was granted bail 2 years ago. Neither I nor Joseph knew that. We asked the judge to lower bail from $20,000 and two weeks later she lowered it to $10,000. Thankfully St. Paul's Foundation has stepped up to help me. The St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation is a non-profit concerned with LGBT global equality and has been supporting the work of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo. The Foundation is also sponsoring a young transgender Ugandan who was abducted and tortured. read at blog.stpaulsfoundation.com To send Joesph your holiday greetings and to receive a personal thank you and update from him go to http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001OKsF3H1C8tzA9PjEeaq4wTGJZALzWBPQIg24-CXLIEUj60E2okbQ2Q2bAneYEJjZ9hG7ZYt2Ua-hoFSNupBc7w%3D%3D You can also make a donation for his bail at Donation to the St. Paul's Foundation

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! Joseph Bokombe's deportation was put on hold, and Senator Boxer's office is going to review his case.

    5. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Universo Gay covers the story of Joseph Bokombe, and his potential deportation to Uganda -

    6. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      UNAA Times Online looks at Joseph's story, and the work being done to save him from being deported to Uganda -

    7. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Believe Out Loud covers the story of Joseph Bokombe -

    8. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Petition creator Hector Martinez shares this YouTube video, telling the story of Joseph Bokombe -

    9. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      San Diego's Neighborhoodr blog covers the petition to save Joseph Bokombe from deportation to Uganda -

    10. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Friends fight to save gay San Diego man from deportation to Uganda -

    11. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The Bilerico Project's Alex Blaze covers the story of Joseph Bokombe -

    12. Reached 20 signatures
    13. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      LGBT Asylum News covers the story of Joseph Bokombe -

    14. Reached 17 signatures
    15. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Box Turtle Bulletin covers the story of Joseph Bokombe -

    16. Reached 15 signatures
    17. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Gay man fights deportation to Uganda -

    18. Reached 4 signatures
    19. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Dan Savage covers the story of Joseph Bokombe, and asks whether the U.S. will send him back to a country where he may face violence based on his sexual orientation -

    20. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Coverage from the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, about the efforts to save Joseph Bokombe from being sent back to Uganda -

    21. Reached 3 signatures
    22. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      San Diego gay man is fighting deportation back to Uganda -

    23. Reached 2 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kelsey Craig CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm lesbian

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    • Genny Gauck HOLTON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! I do not understand why anyone can still argue that marriage is between a man and woman only. The only reason politicians care is because thay are worried about their image which usually isn't much to speak of anyway because if politicians were honest, caring people, they wouldn't be politicians. It's all about the MONEY and POWER. This man is a fine outstanding CITIZEN who cares about people and his community. You are signing his execution if you send him back to that barbaric place (which in some ways isn't too different than America). Did you know that marriage used to be forbidden between "mentally challenged" people and between "mixed races"? Look it up it's true. Look how far we have come with those topics. What is the hold up with same sex marriage? Is it because people would actually be happy and you can't stand the thought of that? I'm also pretty sure it's in the amendmens that people have the right to have the freedom to do as they please so long as it doesn't harm another person. So aren't you actually breaking laws by not allowing same sex marrige?

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    • Jennie koornhof LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Not acceptable to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of their way of life, choices, orientation (or anything else for that matter, so long as they do no harm to another being)

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    • Siannan MacDuff ROCKY POINT, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      This man deserves political asylum. Deporting him is an immediate death sentence due to the disgustingly hostile social climate in Uganda. Is Mr. Bokombe not one of the "masses yearning to breathe free" that the United States endeavors to welcome?

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    • Julia Spieker BREMEN, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      I signing to achieve a equal treatment for EVERY person worldwide!

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