Honduran Man Who Refused to Take His Dead Brother's Place in a Drug Business Needs Representation

Sergio* is a 19-year-old man who fled Honduras after receiving death threats from the family his brother had been working for. After Sergio’s brother was killed, the family demanded that Sergio pay a debt that they claimed his brother owed or work off the debt by replacing his brother in their criminal business. The family threatened Sergio and his other family members, assaulted him, and shot at him. Sergio needs representation in his removal proceedings to present his claims for asylum and withholding of removal. His individual hearing is scheduled for December 2, so this case presents an excellent opportunity for an attorney to gain trial experience in a short--but reasonable--time frame.

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Sergio* is a 19-year-old man from Honduras. His brother had been working with a powerful family that sells drugs and was killed while working for them. After Sergio’s brother was killed, the family claimed that he owed them money and demanded that Sergio either pay the alleged debt or work it off with them by replacing his brother in the drug business. The family threatened Sergio and his other family members, assaulted him, and shot at him. Sergio needs representation in his removal proceedings to present his claims for asylum and withholding of removal.

The drug family threatened and harmed Sergio on three occasions. The first time, he was approached by two men who said they would kill him if he didn’t pay the debt his brother owed or work with them to pay the debt. The second time, they threatened him again and hit Sergio with the butt of a gun and warned him not to report the incident to the police “or else” his other family members would pay too, including his mom. The third time, the drug family members shot at Sergio.

After Sergio fled Honduras, he spent two months in Mexico before arriving in the United States. At his credible fear interview, Sergio said that he was offered a work permit in Mexico. However, he now thinks that he was given only a tourist visa. Sergio’s counsel will need to help him explain this issue in his asylum proceedings.

Sergio is detained in Bowling Green, Virginia, and speaks Spanish. His individual hearing is scheduled for December 2, so this case presents an excellent opportunity for an attorney to gain trial experience in a short--but reasonable--time frame.

 

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.