Roberto* has lived in Philadelphia for over a decade. He was detained by ICE after dropping his kids off at school and was taken over 100 miles away to the Pike County Prison. He feared returning to his home country because he had served in the military and had been extorted, threatened, and tortured by gangs because of that.
A few days before his scheduled hearing this spring, his cellmate tested positive for COVID-19, and Roberto felt feverish and fatigued. We repeatedly asked ICE to release him and were repeatedly denied. We pushed back his case, even though it was so hard for Roberto to be away from his family so that he could recover. Finally, his hearing date came several weeks later, and Roberto did amazingly. We won his case, and he has finally left detention and returned to his family.
*Client's name has been changed to protect anonymity.