Release Uriel Rosales Martinez

Uriel Adonay Rosales Martinez is the 19-year-old brother of a Long Island farmworker leader. Uriel is an expert in karate, and recently competed and placed in the Central American and Caribbean Games on behalf of El Salvador.
Uriel fled his home country in October 2015 when his refusal to join a local gang put his life in danger. After being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), he was denied multiple requests for release on bond. Now detained in the infamous Stewart Detention Center (Lumpkin, GA) for more than six months, Uriel’s health is deteriorating. He is suffering from untreated gastritis, ulcers, gall bladder inflammation, and urinary tract problems. The food provided by the detention center does not comport with Uriel’s required diet. The treatment of inmates in Stewart is such that inmates recently went on hunger strike, gaining national media attention. For Uriel, these conditions are made much worse by the stress of being in a prison far away from his family members in New York. 

We need your help in making sure Uriel is not sent back to his death in El Salvador, and instead is delivered to Long Island, where he can prepare his case for asylum and appear before a neutral judge.
1. Sign the petition 
2. Social media: #ReleaseUriel 

·  Tell @ICEgov to #ReleaseUriel so he can apply for asylum in NY with community support
·  We support #ReleaseUriel. At 18, he fled gangs in El Salvador to seek asylum. Help by signing the petition
·  #ReleaseUriel so he can receive medical care and family support on asylum. Agree? Sign the petition
3. Call ICE Atlanta Field Officer Lewis at (229) 838-1184 and urge him to move Uriel close to his family in New York where he can receive proper medical treatment. The phone call will probably go to voicemail. Please follow the script below:

·         “Hi, my name is __________.” If part of a congregation or group, call on behalf of this group.

·         “I am calling in regards to a member of our community, Uriel Adonay Rosales Martinez, A# 208678109. We are concerned about Uriel’s health and the inadequate medical treatment that Uriel is receiving at the Stewart Detention Center.”

·         Urge Officer Lewis to use his discretion to move Uriel to New York where he can be with his family and receive the medical care needed. “Please release Uriel on Humanitarian Parole.”

·         Explain that Uriel has a community that will support him through the asylum process and ensure that he appears at all of his scheduled court dates.

·         If Officer Lewis does not answer, leave a message with this at the end: “You can reach me at _________. I’ll try calling again tomorrow to see if you are in to talk then. Thank you.”

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At a glance:Our recent headlines

Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Calls for an End to the War on Drugs

Special Report: El Salvador Enacts Emergency Security Measures against Gang Violence


We just wrapped up our whirlwind national speaking tour with Professor Moisés Gómez from the University of Central America and the Jesuit Migration Network – and it was a huge success!

Moisés crisscrossed the country from Boston to Seattle, meeting with students, congregations, community groups and immigrant rights organizations to expose the human rights crisis that’s resulting from the criminalization of migrants and refugees.

In just three weeks, we made significant progress in our campaign to challenge U.S.-backed border militarization, from new media coverage (check out thisUnivision feature in Spanish) to commitments from Members of Congress to take action. Very special thanks to all those who came out to our events and to those who gave to make them happen!

As Moisés testified, the new wave of refugees from Central America is intimately tied to the US’ decades-long War on Drugs. For more analysis, check out CISPES intern Joanna Beltrán’s reflection on welcoming the Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice to Washington, DC. High levels of violence related to drug war policies pose serious threats for popular movements and leftist governments, as CISPES discusses in a special report on the new emergency security measures that have been initiated by the Salvadoran government.

On June 1, President Salvador Sánchez Cerén – the first president from the ranks of the FMLN – celebrated two years in office, a period that’s been marked simultaneously by profound challenges for both the population and for the government as well as by promising advances. In his speech, he emphasized the historic levels of social investment – a full 46% of the national budget – in universal healthcare, education, youth programs, support for agricultural communities and more (can you imagine what that would look like here in the U.S.?!)

In constrast to the grind of the right-wing’s media-fueled opposition campaign, President Sánchez Cerén’s two-year address was a rare opportunity to share his abiding hope for the future. “We are advancing along the right path,” he stated. “We’re very optimistic about these new projects that ensure the development of the country and the well-being of the people.”

The FMLN’s projects represent real alternatives to US policies that have for decades forced people to leave their homes. And they need our accompaniment more than ever in the face of the oligarchy’s backlash against leftist governments in Latin America, as we see so insidiously today in Venezuela and Brazil.

If you want to witness some of this progress for yourself and learn how you can help defend it, we hope you’ll join our July fact-finding mission, Understanding Migration from El Salvador: The Impact of US Policy. The application deadline is fast approaching on June 15th – apply online today!

This month, we relied on a vibrant network of volunteers across the country to make our speaking tour happen. As El Salvador’s popular government enters into its third year of leading by example, we celebrate the power of organized people throughout our hemisphere to create change!

In gratitude & solidarity,

Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director

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