We are headed into the weekend with some amazing news, we have freed yet another person from detention through our Familias Reunidas Bond Program, Makari! He is an Ethiopian asylum seeker who was in detention for 3 months. He was detained in the Otay Mesa Detention Center, which continues to have an extreme number of COVID cases, and is a young, brave man of 22.
Although it continues to frustrates us how young the men we have been bonding lately are, we are so proud of the resilience of each and every one of our bond recipients. We also are so grateful to the success of our bond program, and in awe of the amount of individuals we have been able to free thanks to all of YOU. Mikari is now headed to Colorado to lie with his family and start his new life! We also want to thank all of the bond programs and organizations which have assisted us in making sure we free as many folks as we possibly can.
Let this story serve as a reminder of all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and community members waiting in such conditions in detention, simply for seeking a place or a part in this country. Mikari represents so many others being subject to racist and inhumane policies, and we must not forget the urgency of getting everyone we can out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. This pandemic continues to be unforgiving, and we will not allow any more lives lost. Again, we thank you for your support and ask you to continue to help us make sure our folks are #FreeAndAlive.
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