Free Juliet Kollie!
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My name is Juliet Jaryan Kollie and I am a 44yrs old from Liberia. I am currently being detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre by the Home Office.
I have been in the UK for 21 years now. I left my home country of Liberia because as a bisexual I would have been persecuted and my life would have been in danger if anybody found out.
Living in the UK has not always been easy and I will be the first to admit that I haven't always made the best choices. In 2011, I fell in with a bad group of people. They manipulated and threatened me and as a consequence I made some bad decisions, but I was convicted and given a hefty sentence.
I have served my sentence for my crimes. I have paid my dues to the society and want a second chance to prove myself to the community, as I would if I were from the UK. I have learnt from my mistakes and I shouldn't be punished again for my crime.
But the Home Office aren't letting me do this. The Home Office now however are accusing me of being somebody that I am not, and are even trying to deport me to a country that I do not belong to, Mauritius.
I am scared what will happen to me if I am deported to Mauritius or Liberia. I know nothing about Mauritius. How can they try and send me there? It is not safe for me to go back to Liberia. In Liberia I will face persecution and discrimination because of my sexuality. I cannot go back there.
I have suffered from serious mental health conditions and have been hospitalised for this in the past. Being locked up in detention will not be good for me because of this, I am really struggling.
I need to be free so I can have a fair chance to prove to the Home Office who I am and that I would be in real danger if returned to Liberia, and unlawful to send me to Mauritius.
Please sign the petition to call on Amber Rudd to release Juliet from Immigration detention while her asylum case is ongoing. No one is free until we are all free!
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