Children's Asylum: Salvadoran Boy Fears Harm From Gang That Targeted His Family
Hector* is an 11-year-old boy from El Salvador who fears being returned to El Salvador due to threats of violence and death directed at all members of his family due to gangs wanting to extort money from his father. All of this comes in the wake of the murder of his uncle at the hands of the same gang members. Because of this history of past persecution of his family by these gangs, Hector likely qualifies for asylum based on family persecution.
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Hector* is an 11-year-old boy from El Salvador who fears being returned to El Salvador due to threats of violence and death directed at all members of his family due to gangs wanting to extort money from his father. All of this comes in the wake of the murder of his uncle at the hands of the same gang members. Although Hector never received threats himself, the threats were consistent and dangerous enough that Hector and his father fled to the United States.
Hector currently lives with his grandmother in Baltimore. She reports that the same men that are currently searching for and threatening Hector’s father, her son, are the same gang members who killed her other son. In 2010, these gang members approached her other son and his employer and demanded money of them. When they refused to give them money, the gang members killed them. The police were called and the gang members were arrested and jailed. The gang members are out of prison now, and they recently came searching for Hector’s father. When they first came looking for him, they were asking around in his neighborhood, although due to the small size and close-knit nature of the community, no one gave them any information. That did not stop them from continuing to come around looking for him. When her son notified the police, they told him to find an attorney to help him. Hector and his father came to the US a week after the family discovered that the gang had finally found them.
Despite this fear, Hector’s father had to return to El Salvador, leaving Hector with his grandmother, and Hector’s mother and sister were forced to relocate within El Salvador. Due to the widespread nature of the gang, all members of the family are still very afraid of these gang members.
Currently, there are no hearings scheduled in Hector’s removal proceedings. Hector speaks Spanish and is living in Baltimore, Maryland.
For more information about this case, please contact Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney Jennifer Grishkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-866-9287.
Timeline: No currently scheduled hearings. File asylum application within 4-5 months. In response to COVID-19, the courts currently permit attorneys to attend all hearings telephonically.
Location: Baltimore, Maryland.
*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy