Honduran man needs help escaping targeted gang violence due to his religious tattoo.

Elvin* is a 32-year-old man from Honduras. While in the U.S. in 2006, Elvin got a visible tattoo of a religious figure. Elvin did not know that the tattoo was associated with a gang in Honduras. After Elvin was deported in 2009 two gangs began targeting him because of his tattoo. Elvin was threatened numerous times and was severely attacked by gang members once. Elvin fled to the US in 2019 and is now looking for an attorney to represent him in seeking Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention against Torture. Elvin's merits hearing is scheduled for August 17. CAIR Coalition will assist a pro bono attorney to obtain a continuance for trial preparation.  

All CAIR Coalition matters placed with a pro bono team are robustly mentored by a CAIR Coalition attorney.  Our mentoring program includes an opening meeting to discuss the scope and process of the matter, provision of samples, guidance on the law, review of draft filings, assistance with client contact, and guidance on preparation for interviews and hearings.  

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Elvin* is a 32-year-old man from Honduras. Elvin first came to the US in 2004. In 2006, Elvin got a visible tattoo of a religious figure. Elvin did not know that the tattoo was associated with a gang in Honduras. Elvin was deported in 2009 after he was arrested for trespassing. When Elvin was back in Honduras, two gangs began targeting him because of his tattoo.

 

Although Elvin told gang members that his tattoo was not affiliated with any gang activity, Elvin was continuously harassed by the gangs. Gang members threatened Elvin numerous times and on one instance attacked him with bats and knives. Elvin received medical treatment following the attack and reported it to the police. The police never caught Elvin’s attackers and have been uncooperative with Elvin’s family.

 

Elvin fled to the US in 2019 and is afraid to return to Honduras because of these gangs. Elvin is now looking for an attorney to represent him in seeking Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention against Torture.

 

In addition to the trespassing charge in 2009, Elvin was convicted of ID theft in 2019.

 

Timeline: Elvin has an individual (merits) hearing scheduled for August 17, 2020. CAIR Coalition will assist an interested pro bono attorney to obtain a coninuance as a prerequisite to represention. 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 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