Organization Of The Month: July 2019

Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund

PHOTO: From BAIBF: “José is a father, who for nine months, was detained by ICE and unable to care for his daughter. Jose moved to the U.S. when he was 15-years-old--more than two decades ago. He was granted a  $20,000  bond but raising that amount is personally out of his reach. As a result, he was stuck in detention and unable to defend himself or provide crucial evidence to a judge that could allow him to obtain permanent legal status.  After nine months, we were able to pay most of José's bond and gain his release. Now José is staying with his cousin while he prepares for his hearing in July. He is able to see his 9-year-old daughter and collect evidence to try to stay in the United States with his community of more than two decades.”

PHOTO: From BAIBF: “José is a father, who for nine months, was detained by ICE and unable to care for his daughter. Jose moved to the U.S. when he was 15-years-old--more than two decades ago. He was granted a $20,000 bond but raising that amount is personally out of his reach. As a result, he was stuck in detention and unable to defend himself or provide crucial evidence to a judge that could allow him to obtain permanent legal status.

After nine months, we were able to pay most of José's bond and gain his release. Now José is staying with his cousin while he prepares for his hearing in July. He is able to see his 9-year-old daughter and collect evidence to try to stay in the United States with his community of more than two decades.”

Rebecca Marlin Pet Care will donate 10% of each month's profits to a different organization doing local social justice work and/or work related to animals. The organization will be listed and promoted here on the website and on social media. If you would like your organization to be involved or have an idea for an organization to donate to, please contact Rebecca at rebecca@rebeccamarlinpetcare.com. Preference will be given to people-of-color-led organizations that provide direct services to marginalized communities.

This month, we are donating 10% of July’s profits to Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund to aid in the release of immigrants from detention centers.

From their What We Do page:

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower immigrants who are detained in the San Francisco Bay Area to fight their immigration cases while remaining with their families and in the communities within which they live. We do this through raising money to help post bond for those individuals who have been placed in removal proceedings, have viable forms of relief, and who simply cannot afford to pay their bonds. Paying bond increases access to counsel and a fair hearing and ensures that individuals are not unnecessarily languishing in detention. We challenge a system that criminalizes, incarcerates, and disrupts the lives of immigrants and promote a system that respects immigrants’ rights to live freely and happily. We are cognizant of the fact that simply because an individual is placed in removal proceedings does not mean that they have no path towards legal status in the U.S.; in fact, with the help of competent counsel, many do. We believe it is their right to be able to make their case to an immigration judge free from the restraints of detention.

What We Do

Detained immigrants have a right to seek counsel in immigration cases, but they are not guaranteed free counsel – meaning that individuals must find and pay for their own legal representation. It is exceedingly hard for individuals to secure high quality legal representation and fight their case while detained – not to mention the strain detention puts on their family, life outcomes, and own well being. Once released, individuals have a much higher percentage chance of obtaining counsel.

We use the model of a revolving community bond fund. We work with partner NGOs to identify detained individuals who have a high likelihood of successfully fighting their removal and remaining lawfully in the United States if released from detention. After the cases are resolved, the money posted for the individual will be returned to the fund and can be used again to help bond out future immigrants who are detained. Our goal is to support detained individuals who are punished for not having the money to post a bond by helping them post bond. In doing so, we hope to aid these individuals by ensuring they have the opportunity to zealously fight for their right to remain in the United States.