#FreeEduardo Samaniego human rights leader NOW

Georgia ICE Office Field Director & Irwin Detention Center, GA

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Immigration rights leader Eduardo Samaniego is currently being held in Irwin County Detention Facility in Ocilla, GA. He was moved from Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility in Lovejoy, Georgia where he had been held from Dec. 4th-Dec. 28th. On December 27th, 2018 Eduardo was denied bond after 71 days behind bars. His legal team was given less than 24 hours notice of his hearing. Like immigration activists nationwide, Eduardo has been targeted for his work.  Today we ask for your support in calling for Eduardo's immediate release on bond.

Eduardo’s health is precarious. Two years ago, while visiting Georgia, Eduardo was the victim of a near-fatal gas explosion in the apartment building where he was staying. He sustained burns on 45% of his body, and was hospitalized for three months to heal from physical damage.  As a result of this traumatic incident, Eduardo still suffers both physically and mentally. He is being held in a high-security facility where he is not able to receive proper medication or care, and lives in near total isolation as visits with friends are loved ones are highly restricted.  Eduardo must be released from detention to ensure his health and his survival.  

Eduardo is a well known and much-loved leader with deep ties to his community in Georgia and Massachusetts.  Eduardo studied at Hampshire College where he served on the College Board of Trustees. While working for immigration justice in partnership with Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Eduardo regularly collaborated with Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.  A person of faith, Eduardo also organized among diverse religious communities. We who are part of that broader community, commit to supporting Eduardo throughout his immigration proceedings. Eduardo is not a flight risk and we demand his immediate release on bond so that he can pursue legal remedies.  

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To: Georgia ICE Office Field Director & Irwin Detention Center, GA
From: [Your Name]

Director:

I am writing to ask you to please release Eduardo Samaniego immediately.

Eduardo Samaniego is an advocate for human rights. He studies Constitutional Law and equity in education and has been a member leader focused on youth organizing and advocacy at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center in Massachusetts.

Eduardo Samaniego is not a threat to the public or to his community. Rather, he is an outstanding community activist and human rights defender. ICE should not be spending resources keeping Eduardo Samaniego detained. We who are part of that broader community, commit to supporting Eduardo throughout his immigration proceedings. Eduardo is not a flight risk and we demand his immediate release on bond so that he can pursue legal remedies. Eduardo must be released from detention to ensure his health and his survival.

I trust that this request will be promptly considered and that Eduardo Samaniego will soon be released.

Sincerely,