Stop the Deportation of Kang Hen - Beloved Father & Cambodian Genocide Survivor

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Tell Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Governer Gavin Newsom to stop the deportation of Kang Hen! 

On April 1st, 2019 ICE arrested beloved father and San Francisco resident Kang Hen. In the next months, Kang faces imminent deportation to Cambodia, a country he fled as a child to escape genocide.

In the 1960s and 1970s, U.S. wars carpet-bombed countries in Southeast Asia that destabilized governments, leading to genocides that forced refugees like Kang here. After resettling in an under-resourced neighborhood in San Jose, Kang struggled with instability at home as well as bullying and violence by gangs in his neighborhood. Kang joined a gang at the age of 13 to find protection and belonging. Immediately after his 18th birthday in 1994, Kang Hen was arrested for driving two friends away from a robbery attempt and was charged as an accomplice in the robbery by the Santa Clara District Attorney.

Like many Southeast Asian refugee youth, Kang was convicted because he was poor. As a teenager, Kang spent four years in jail pre-trial because he could not afford bail and accepted a plea even though juries refused to convict him twice as a way to finally get out. Kang is deemed deportable because of his decades-old conviction in Santa Clara County.

Kang feels deep remorse for the mistakes that he made as a youth. After his release, Kang committed himself to turning his life around and away from gangs. Kang has never been arrested again. Kang found employment at a seafood business where he has worked for the past 13 years. Kang and his partner Ruth of 17 years have a 3-year-old son together. Because Ruth currently suffers from a life-threatening illness, Kayden faces the heartbreaking possibility of losing both of his parents.

Advocacy efforts from Kang's family resulted in a recent resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors condemning Southeast Asian deportation which named directly-affected community members like Kang Hen. Kang has applied for a pardon from Governor Newsom and also asked the Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen to join a motion to vacate his conviction. Join Kang's family, advocates, and San Francisco public officials to urge District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Governor Gavin Newsom to act on these clean-slate decisions to provide Kang relief from deportation and remain with his family.