Help Release a Domestic Violence Survivor

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Ny Nourn was born in a refugee camp after her mother fled the violence of genocide and US bombs in Cambodia. Ny was only five years old when she came as a refugee.

When she was a high school junior, Ny entered into an abusive relationship with a man she met on the Internet. He was nearly twice her age. Just weeks after Ny turned 18, her abuser murdered the boss at her after school job in fit of jealousy. Over the next years, Ny’s life was filled with more beatings, rapes, and attempts to kill her than she can remember.

When Ny finally escaped and went to police to report the abuse and murder, police arrested her and charged her with aiding and abetting murder for having failed to intervene. A judge sentenced Ny to life in prison. After spending 16 years in prison, Ny was finally granted parole earlier this year.

Before she could take a breath of freedom, ICE agents handcuffed her outside the prison and took her to a county jail pending deportation to Cambodia. Ny’s community rallied behind her sending her hundreds of letters and packing the courtroom at her deportation hearing.

In September, a judge granted Ny protection from deportation and ruled that she could not be deported to Cambodia. Still, ICE has refused to release her and plans to appeal the decision.

This system has inflicted enough punishment on Ny. Tell ICE to free Ny now.


Petition by

To: Immigration and Customs Enforcement
From: [Your Name]

We write to call on ICE to release Ny Nourn (A027 752 551) and dismiss its appeal. Ms. Nourn was granted protection from deportation by an immigration judge. Governor Jerry Brown also agrees that Ms. Nourn deserves to be free and in California, the only home that she has ever known.

As a survivor of horrific domestic violence and sexual assault starting when she was just a child, we urge you to fully consider the circumstances that led Ms. Nourn to enter into an abusive relationship with a much older man when she was only seventeen and how those factors prevented her from leaving the relationship or controlling his violence.

Ms. Nourn has grown into a strong advocate for domestic violence survivors. She completed training to become a state certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor while still in prison and plans to continue serving other domestic violence survivors. We strongly believe that Ms. Nourn deserves to remain in the United States.