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Don't Deport Gay Detainee Back to Violence/Death: Asylum for Sadat Ibrahim

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We urgently petition the Department of Homeland Security to stop the deportation of Sadat Ibrahim and release him from detention.  His lawyers are working to get a new hearing on his application for asylum, and it is crucial that Sadat is able to effectively pursue this claim.

Sadat Ibrahim is a young gay man from Ghana where homosexuality is a crime punishable by three years in prison. He has faced brutal violence from a vigilante group that hunts and attacks gay men. He came to the U.S. and presented himself at the border requesting asylum. An asylum officer agreed that Sadat had a credible fear of persecution. Yet now, Sadat faces deportation back to the same situation that may see him incarcerated, attacked and/or murdered for being gay, as his asylum claim was denied.

Why was it denied? His family sent videos supporting his claim to Sadat in detention in Georgia, but not only did the officers in the detention center not give Sadat this critical evidence, they never even told Sadat that the evidence had arrived.  Without the corroborating evidence, the judge denied Sadat asylum.

Had Sadat been able to share the video evidence that  ICE withheld from him until after the hearing, we believe the judge should have granted asylum to Sadat, and likely would have done so,

Sadat is now represented by an outstanding human rights legal team who seek a new hearing on the merits of his asylum application. He needs our immediate assistance to protect his life.

We are petitioning Department of Homeland Security to:

1) stop the removal/deportation of Sadat Ibrahim, and

2) release him from detention

Thank you for your attention. We look forward to Sadat's prompt release so that he can effectively pursue his asylum claim, this time with legal assistance and the opportunity to present all the evidence.

Sincerely, 

Virginia Raymond, Justice for Our Neighbors Austin

Workers Defense Project

Grassroots Leadership

Pax Christi San Antonio

allgo: a statewide people of color organization 

 

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