Stop the deportation of Djenebou Sissoko and release her immediately from ICE custody!

Stop the deportation of Djenebou Sissoko and release her immediately from ICE custody!

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Ramata Cisse started this petition to Representative Henry C. Hank Johnson Jr. and

This is to present an emergency request to stop the deportation and to demand the release of Djenebou Sissoko, a 56 year old woman from West Africa, who lived in the US for 20 years. Djenebou has been in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation since October 3rd, 2018. She is the mother of Joseph Ishmel Lowery, an 11 year old non-verbal autistic boy.

Ishmel is a US citizen who needs your help. He has started a complex medical treatment not available in West Africa, where his mother is scheduled to be deported.  Separating him from his mother is seriously compromising all cognitive progresses he has made thus far and even endangering his fragile life. Djenebou is Ishmel sole caregiver; his father, a US Army Veteran, passed away earlier this year.

Please join us in asking ICE to immediately release Djenebou so she can continue to take care of her son Ishmel.

Ishmel has been through a lot already. Sending him and his mother to West Africa will put an end to the treatment he could get and keep him in this cognitive condition for the rest of his life.

According to Dr Roger Bruce Bessey, Joseph Ishmel’s primary physician, “Joseph’s medical history is salient for a severe autistic disorder- a neurodevelopment entity that presents with problems in social communication and interaction, restricted repetitive pattern of behavior activities and global developmental delay. Parental training and education is very important component of comprehensive intervention for children with autism.”

Moreover, Dr. George Katsitadze, Joseph’s autism specialist, stated that “the therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder is very intensive and […] includes extensive parent participation. […] it is my professional opinion that joseph’s mother be allowed to remain in the United States to support the ongoing treatment plan.”

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64,488 have signed. Let’s get to 75,000!