Honduran Man Needs Representation in Hearing on His Fear-Based Defenses to Deportation

Diego* is a 30-year-old man from Honduras who is in reinstatement proceedings. He came to the US in 2009 after he was shot at by gang members who were collaborating with police officers. Diego is eligible for the fear-based defenses to deportation of withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture. His individual hearing is scheduled for October 1, so this case presents an excellent opportunity for his attorney to gain trial experience quickly.

 

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Diego is a 30-year-old man from Honduras. While he was living in Honduras, he was targeted by a gang while working in construction and later while working as a taxi driver. When he refused to sell drugs for the gang, they threatened him, shot at him while he was driving, and broke the glass of his car windows. He immediately went to file a police report, but the police told him that they would not file a report because there were no bodily injuries. Diego later became aware that the gang members were bribing the police because his mother told him about seeing police officers speaking with these gang members and police giving gang members rides in their cars. His mother has told him that gang members still come by the house.

Diego first entered the U.S. in 2009 and was deported immediately after crossing the border. He came back shortly thereafter and has been here for about 10 years. He has a partner and a U.S. citizen child. He was detained by ICE at his workplace around June 17, 2019. 

As defenses to deportation, Diego is eligible for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture. His individual hearing is scheduled for October 1, 2019, so this case presents an excellent opportunity for an attorney to gain trial experience quickly.

Diego is detained in Frederick, Maryland, and speaks Spanish.

 

Please contact our Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, Jennifer Grishkin at Jennifer@caircoalition.org, if you are interested in taking this case.

*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.