Community,

In only 48 hours, we raised $5,000 together to #FreeRobert. Your gifts have been huge and made such an impact in a young man’s life. Thank you so much for your gifts! Robert will now continue to pursue his asylum claim in New York but will be able to collect evidence for his case and improve his chances of winning.

Robert (name changed for confidentiality purposes), is a Black gay Muslim man from Ghana who fled after being brutally attacked by neighbors due to his sexual orientation.  Robert entered the United States on October 2016 and asked for asylum.  Since that date, Robert has been detained at Hudson County Jail in New Jersey. A lawyer from the Brooklyn Defender Services is currently representing him.

Last week, Robert’s deportation officer granted him parole on the condition that he pay a $5,000 bond.  This means that Robert has the chance of being released! Robert jumped up and down upon getting this news as his mental state has suffered during his time in detention. Robert must pay his bond amount this week in order to be released, else the bond offer may go away.  He has a friend that is willing to house him in the Bronx but who does not have the means to post his bond.  If released, Robert will continue to pursue his asylum claim in New York but will at least be able to collect evidence for his case and improve his chances of winning.

Due to the urgency in this case we ask for your support in donating and spreading the word so we can have bond ready by March 22nd.  We know the timeline is tight but with community, we know we can raise the money and make a difference in Robert’s life. Please help get us get Robert out of detention!

Due to the rushed nature of this bond, we are raising money a bit differently than we usually do.
Donations can be sent to the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project by the following means:

Venmo: @QueerDetainee-EmpowermentProject
Paypal: info@qdep.org

Please note that all donations will go to the release of Robert.  Any residual amount will go to QDEP’s Trans/Queer Migrant Freedom Fund and toward the freedom of other LGBTQI/ HIV+ immigrants.

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