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Free Our Fathers

José is a father, who for the past eight months, has been unable to care for his daughter. Jose moved to the U.S. when he was 15 years old--more than two decades ago. However, skyrocketing rent forced him to choose between paying his rent and providing child support to his daughter. He chose to pay child support and had no choice but to move into his car.

After someone reported to police that he was living in his vehicle, he was taken into custody, where he was then transferred to a detention center where he remains. He was granted a $20,000 bond but raising that amount is personally out of his reach. As a result, he is stuck in detention and unable to defend himself or provide crucial evidence to a judge that could allow him to obtain permanent legal status.

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Jose is not alone. Hundreds of other parents in the Bay Area have been ripped away from their children as they fight their deportation, depriving their children of a caregiver and quite often a breadwinner. According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in just the first six months of 2017, over 12,000 immigrant parents were deported nationwide, forcing them to be separated from their children. In San Francisco, nearly 300 parents were forcibly detained and removed from their dependent children.

We believe that no one should spend a single day in detention simply because they are indigent. We started the Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund to challenge a system that criminalizes, incarcerates, and disrupts the lives of our neighbors and fellow community members. And, we hope to use this Father’s Day to continue that mission, raising money to help individuals like Jose, get out of detention and get back to their lives, caring for themselves and their children.

 

This Father’s Day, write a letter to a community member in immigration detention, unable to celebrate Father’s Day with their kids or loved ones. Help break the debilitating isolation our community members endure and uplift the resilience of those facing detention and deportation. Let’s extend ourselves as a family - we are not whole as a community until they are released!


$3,411

average bond amount issued by the San Francisco immigration court in 2014.

 

2 in 3

detained immigrants do not receive legal representation.

 

8X

Bonded out, represented immigrants are 8x more likely to win their cases than unrepresented detainees.

Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund

Every year, thousands of immigrants, many of whom are lawful residents of the United States, are arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and warehoused in detention centers while they attempt to fight to remain in the United States. 

Immigrant detention removes people from their families and communities, endangers their houses, jobs, public benefits, and healthcare, and prevents them from adequately defending their right to remain in their home. Since detention limits the opportunity to obtain high quality legal representation, it denies people the chance to make their legal case for staying in the US. Although many immigrants are granted bonds, as they are deemed to be neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community, they remain detained simply because they cannot afford to pay their bonds.

By raising money to help post bonds for those who cannot otherwise afford it, individuals are empowered to resist their deportation, and return to their homes, jobs, families, and communities while they await their hearing.

What We Do

Learn about how we are trying to fight against immigration detention and empower Bay Area residents.

The Issue

Learn more about immigration detention and how bond can be a tool for change.


The Trump Administration

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Immigration detention and the lack of legal rights afforded to detained immigrants are not new. However, the Trump administration has promised to construct new detention centers, ramp up detention for immigrants including women and children, and compel cities to turn over more people to ICE. In the San Francisco Bay Area, bonds are being set higher than ever – placing freedom further out of reach for low-income detainees.

Source: executive orders available here and here.


*Statistics from Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice, “Access to Justice for Immigrant Families and Communities: Study of Legal Representation of Detained Immigrants in Northern California,” Oct. 2014