Please sign this urgent petition from the grandmother of a deported U.S. citizen teenager who is being detained in Colombia
My granddaughter has been missing for almost two years. Jakadrien went missing in the Fall of 2010, when she was 14 and distraught over the loss of her grandfather and her parents' divorce. Nearly two years later, after many sleepless nights of searching, I finally found Jakadrien: in a foreign country.
Jakadrien -- who was 15 at the time, and an African American U.S. Citizen who spoke no Spanish -- had been deported to Colombia.
How do you deport a teenager and send her to Colombia without a passport, without anything? A grieving teen, Jakadrien had been arrested in Houston on charges of shoplifting and after giving police a fake name, she was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It turns out the name Jakadrien used was registered in ICE's database as 22 year old undocumented immigrant woman. She was detained, and then in April of 2011, they deported her to Colombia!
ICE even took Jakadrien's fingerprints, but the fact that they didn't match didn't keep them from sending her to a foreign country where she didn't even know the language. My family has paid the price for this horrific mistake.
After Jakadrien was found, police in Colombia were asked to pick her up, but she is now being detained by the Colombian government, which refuses to release her. I need your help to bring my granddaughter home and bring justice to my family!
Sign my petition to tell the US State Department, ICE, and the US Ambassador to publicly call on the Colombian government to release Jakadrien immediately.