Help Protect Honduran Man from Corrupt Police and Gangs Threatening His Life

Andres* arrived in the U.S. for the fourth time in 2019 following threats from his former boss in public works, the municipal police department, and gang members. Andres lost his job after he refused to submit fraudulent receipts. Andres’s life was then threatened after he told people about this incident. The gang then extorted Andres and told him they would find him anywhere in Honduras. Andres applied for asylum at the border and was detained in January 2020.  Andres is now seeking an attorney to represent him in seeking Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture based on an imputed anti-gang political opinion.

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In Honduras, Andres* was a public works employee for his municipality. In 2018, his boss instructed him to submit fraudulent receipts. When Andres refused, he was fired and told to keep his mouth shut about the fraudulent receipts. Andres told several people about the incident and the corruption in the police. A few days after this, the municipal police threatened him and told him that gang members were going to visit him next. His former boss also threatened him again and told him he would be killed if he did not comply. 

About a week later, gang members came to Andres’s house and told him he either had to work for them, pay money every month, or leave the country. The gang make Andres pay higher extortion because of his tattoos. The gang also told him that they would find him anywhere in Honduras.

 Andres believed that the gang members were connected with his former boss. Andres tried to report his former boss to the police, but he continued to have trouble with his boss, the gang, and the police department. Andres believes that all three of these actors are working in tandem against him.
 

Andres applied for asylum at the border and was detained in January 2020.  Andres is now seeking an attorney to represent him in seeking Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention against Torture. 

 

Timeline: Andres has his fourth master calendar (scheduling) hearing on July 7, 2020.

 

Location: Farmville, Virginia (detained). Attorneys can schedule private calls with detained clients 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