Help protect Guatemalan man escape the violent gang that murdered his Cousin and attacked his brother.

Alesis* is a 31-year-old man from Guatemala. In Guatemala, Alesis was part of a bus driver union. Although the union worked to combat gang extortion and threats to the bus drivers, Alesis’s “microbus” was the target of several shootings and robberies. In 2016, the gangs killed Alesis’s cousin and two of his friends who were in the bus driver union. In 2017, the gangs tried to extort Alesis for money and attacked his bus when he could not pay. Fearing for his life, Alesis fled to the United States. Alesis was transferred to ICE custody in 2020 and is now looking for an attorney to support him in seeking Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

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Alesis* is a 31-year-old man from Guatemala. In Guatemala, Alesis was part of a bus driver union. The gangs in Guatemala often extorted bus drivers, including Alesis, his cousin, his brother, and many of his friends. Although the union worked to combat gang extortion and threats, Alesis’s “microbus” was the target of several shootings and robberies.

 

In 2016, the gangs killed Alesis’s cousin after he could no longer afford their extortion. Later that same year, two of Alesis’s friends, who were in the bus driver union, were also killed by the gangs.

 

In 2017, the gangs tried to extort Alesis and when he could not pay the gang shot his bus and his brother’s bus. The gang also threatened to kill him if he did not pay. Alesis and his brother reported the gang’s threats, but the police did not respond to the complaint. Fearing for his life, Alesis fled to the United States.

 

Alesis has pending charges for allegedly violating a protective order. Following his arrest for these charges he was transferred to ICE custody and is now looking for an attorney to support him in seeking Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

 

Important Note: Alesis’s individual hearing is scheduled for August, but CAIR Coalition will assist a pro bono attorney to obtain a continuance as a prerequisite to representation.

 

Timeline: Alesis’s Individual Hearing is scheduled for August 17, 2020. CAIR Coalition will assist a pro bono attorney to obtain a continuance as a prerequisite to representation. In response to COVID-19, the courts currently permit attorneys to attend all hearings telephonically. 

 

Location: Farmville, Virginia (detained). Attorneys can schedule private calls with the detained client rather than conducting in-person legal visits.

 

Language: Spanish.

 

For more information about this case, please contact Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney Jennifer Grishkin at jennifer@caircoalition.org or 202-866-9287.

*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy

Sample?
No
Opportunity?
On