Help Protect a Mexican Man From a Politically Corrupt Organization That Killed His Brother

Amistad* is a 37-year-old man from Mexico who is seeking multiple forms of fear-based relief from deportation. Amistad came to the United States in 2008. While Amistad was in the United States, his brother was killed by a politically corrupt group in México, and his sister’s life was also threatened. Amistad seeks an attorney to represent him at trial in asserting his fear-based defenses to deportation: asylum, withholding, and protection under the Convention Against Torture.


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Amistad, a 37-year old man from México, is seeking multiple forms of fear-based relief from deportation. He came to the United States from México in 2008. While in the United States, his brother was a member of a political organization that counted ballots, and when his brother reported election fraud, he was murdered in 2018. The organization also threatened the life of his sister. Amistad is one of six children. Three of his siblings were in the US when these events occurred. After Amistad’s sister was threatened, she and their mother fled Mexico and have pending asylum cases. Amistad fears returning to México because of his relation to his late brother and the threats that the organization has made against his family. Amistad is looking for an attorney to represent him in seeking Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture. 


Amistad has been convicted for three incidents of possession of marijuana between 2013 and 2019. Also, according to a family member, Amistad may have some psychological challenges that have not been treated.



Amistad is detained in Farmville, Virginia and speaks Spanish. He has an upcoming master calendar (scheduling) hearing on April 22, 2020, in Arlington.



Timeline: Second scheduling hearing (MCH) on April 22. Merits hearing date has not been set.

Location: Farmville, Virginia (detained)

Language: Spanish



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*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.