Sanctuary DMV raises funds to support the legal cases of community members who have been taken by ICE. Learn about the current community members we’re supporting below, and please give if you can.
Our friend Bartegan came to the US with his family when he was five years old. In 2018, Bartegan was convicted of a minor weed violation, and even though he served his 15-day prison sentence, ICE detained him upon release and began deportation proceedings against him. The good news: after a hard fight in which 10 of our volunteers accompanied him to his last hearing, Bartegan received a stay of deportation in December and was able to spend the holidays at home with his family, but Bartegan still needs your support.
Bartegan’s mother is saddled with thousands of dollars in debt fighting his emergency immigration case. Bartegan should never have been facing deportation because of a minor violation; Bartegan is one of the many immigrants caught up in our unjust and racist criminal legal and immigration systems. He shouldn’t face these terrible systems alone. Please read more of Bartegan’s story and donate what you you can on his GoFundMe page. Anything you can give helps.
Jose Sanchez: Funds Raised!
Jose Sanchez was one of the people taken during ICE’s July raids in Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights and Petworth. He’s lived in DC for over 10 years and is about to get married to Susan (pictured above), his US citizen partner who is currently pregnant. Right now, Jose is in detention awaiting his next immigration court date. We’re working with Jose and Susan to get him returned home, but they need quite a bit of money they don’t have to cover their legal fees, especially since Susan’s bank account was frozen after Jose was detained. Thanks to your generous donations, the funds needed for Jose’s legal fees were raised! However, Jose and Susan are still navigating the detention system. We will update you if there are any more actions you can take on Jose’s behalf.
General donations to Sanctuary DMV are welcomed here. General donations are used for logistical support and emergency funds for detained community members. Thank you for all of your support!