Fear-Based Defenses to Deportation: Honduran Man Is Eligible for Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture Protection

Jordy* is a 39-year-old man from Honduras. A gang has targeted his family, and they have killed his father, brother and nephew, violently attacked his niece, and threatened Jordy. Jordy has served as informant against the gang and has also been attacked for that reason. Other agencies have corroborated Jordy's fear story and have asked CAIR Coalition to help him find legal representation. Jordy is eligible for the fear-based defenses to deportation of withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture.

 

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Jordy is a 39-year-old man from Honduras. His brother served as a prosecutorial witness against a gang in 2005 and fled to the United States to escape retribution. However, his brother later was deported back to Honduras, and the gang murdered him in 2009 by shooting him in front of his family’s house. The gang has harmed or killed other members of Jordy’s family as well. They killed his nephew in 2013 and his father in 2014. They violently attacked his niece as she was leaving school to get her to reveal information about the family’s whereabouts. They have threatened Jordy many times in phone calls. Other agencies have corroborated Jordy's fear story and have asked CAIR Coalition to help him find legal representation.

 

In addition to the gang’s targeting of Jordy for family-related reasons, Jordy has also served as an ICE informant against the gang when he was in detention several years ago. When gang members found out, they called him a "snitch" and beat him up.

 

Jordy has come to the United States many times in an effort to avoid the gangs, and he has been deported many times. He has gotten into legal trouble in the United States several times. He has several convictions from 2001-2008 involving resisting arrest, assault, theft, marijuana possession, and intoxication. In the last ten years, his arrests have involved only the immigration-related offense of illegally re-entering the United States, and he currently awaits sentencing on one of those charges.

 

Before his detention, Jordy resided in Maryland. He has two U.S. citizen children.  

 

Jordy is detained in Maryland and speaks Spanish.

 

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*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.