Release Maxi Sopo from prolonged detention, he was granted political asylum in 2004
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“My name is Maxi Sopo, I am from Cameroon. I came to this country in May of 2003. I run from my country because I was involved in politics. So I came here and applied for political asylum. I was granted political asylum in 2004.”
Maxi Sopo has been detained at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA since February of 2012. Stewart is operated by a for-profit corporation, Corrections Corporation of America. Maxi is a courageous man, who is always helping others and speaking up so that the detention system can change. Back in Cameroon, Maxi was involved with human rights groups, speaking out against female genital mutilation and forced marriage of women, as well as supporting women's education. Maxi recently took the risk to speak out about the inhumane conditions at Stewart for Detention Watch Network’s project, Voices from Detention. Now it’s time for us to support him and get him out of detention!
Because of unjust mandatory detention laws, Maxi has been in detention for almost two years – a period of time that is considered prolonged detention by many courts – waiting to see if he can stay in the U.S. This is one of the many reasons why mandatory detention laws must be repealed. But in the meantime, you can do two simple things to help Maxi today:
1. Call the following people at ICE and ask for an end to Maxi’s prolonged detention:
Atlanta ICE Field Office Director, Felicia S. Skinner: (404) 893-1210 (Dial 3#)
ICE Acting Director, John Sandweg: (202)732-3000
“I am calling to ask that you end the prolonged detention of Maxi Sopo (A#097-611-243). He has been detained for nearly two years and deserves to be released. Maxi is a courageous man, who is always helping others in his community. He has been living in the United States since 2003 and was granted political asylum in 2004. He fears for his life if he is deported to Cameroon. I urge you to please release Mr. Sopo from detention.
2. Sign our petition to ICE Acting Director, John Sandweg and Atlanta Field Office Director, Felicia S. Skinner
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