Native English-speaker needs help escaping persecution in Nicaragua based on his political opinion and race.

Caleb* is a 39-year native English speaker from Nicaragua. Caleb and his family are from an English-speaking Afro-Caribbean community and Caleb identifies as Creole. Due to his race, Caleb has experienced violence from the police and employment discrimination. Caleb has also experienced persecution based on his political opinion. Specifically, naval forces came to arrest Caleb after he participated in three political protests in 2018. At one of the protests, Caleb witnessed the murder of his good friend who was also participating in the protest. Caleb fled to the United States on a B-2 visa and has overstayed his visa. Caleb is now looking for an attorney to help him seek assert his fear-based defenses to deportation of Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture (CAT) protection.  

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Caleb* is a 39-year native English speaker from Nicaragua. Caleb and his family are from an English-speaking Afro-Caribbean community and Caleb identifies as Creole. Due to his race, Police in Nicaragua have used racial slurs and thrown stones at him. Caleb does not feel safe outside his community because of the police violence against Afro-Caribbean people. Caleb was unable to find a job in Nicaragua because of discrimination against him due to his race. Caleb, and many other Afro-Caribbean people in Nicaragua, found that employment on a cruise ship was his only option.

 

Caleb has also experienced persecution based on his political opinion. Specifically, naval forces came to arrest Caleb after he participated in three political protests in 2018. At one of the protests, Caleb witnessed the murder of his good friend who was also participating in the protest. Caleb believes he would be arrested if he were to return to Nicaragua and would face significant violence in prison due to his race. 

 

Caleb fled to the United States on a B-2 visa and has overstayed his visa. Although Caleb has no criminal convictions, he does have pending charges relating to an alleged domestic incident. These charges should not be relevant to his defenses to deportation, but an attorney will want to work with Caleb to make sure that his immigration proceedings do not impair his defense to the criminal charges. Caleb is now looking for an attorney to help him seek Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). 

 

Timeline: Caleb has a master calendar (scheduling) hearing on September 30 in Arlington. In response to COVID-19, the courts currently permit attorneys to attend all hearings telephonically. 

Location: Caroline County, Virginia (detained). Attorneys can schedule private calls with detained clients rather than conducting in-person legal visits

Language: English (first 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