Mother Of Three Detained Due To A Conviction 16 years ago!
Don't Deport Omara! Allow her attend her son Omar's high school graduation!
Omara Gomez-Aviles (A#070-920-749) came to the United States when she was 17 years old from El Salvador. Omara came to the United States fleeing the civil war and violence in her home country. At the age of 13 Omara was sold to an older man who sexually abused her and forced her to marry him. Omara with the desire to be free, at 17 years old decided to flee the abusive marriage and risk the journey to the United States. In the US Omara sought asylum and employment to send money back to her Grandmother. Since then Omara worked hard to provide for her and her family in Los Angeles. Omara is the loving mother of three US citizen children.
On Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 9:00am Omara was going to pick up her husband from work but was instead picked up by Immigration Customs Enforcement(ICE) who were waiting outside their home. She was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles but was transferred to the Santa Ana City Jail. ICE officers told her that her asylum application was denied and decided to place her in deportation proceedings. Omara was never notified of this decision by ICE prior to them detaining her.
Omara does have a criminal record dating 16 years ago. Omara was in several occasions pulled over while driving her ex-husband's car, who also abused her and planted illicit drugs in the car. When police searched her car the found drugs that belonged to him, Omara was taken into custody and advised to plead guilty to the charges not informing her of the consequences particularly on her immigration case. She was convicted with with petty theft and 2 felony drug convictions. Omara served 8 months in prison and has not committed any offense ever since while meeting the requirements of her probation. There is no reason why Omara should be placed in deportation proceedings for something that happened 16 years ago, it undermines the criminal justice system the effort she has made to raise her family here in the United States.
Omar the oldest son is a leader in his community and is involved in several community based organizations such as United Students and Inner City Struggle which advocates for educational justice and a more equitable, safe and healthy education system. Omar is also an organizer in the Brothers Son Selves a campaign by Liberty Hill Foundation to address the disparities facing men of color in Los Angeles. As part of Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights Omar is a youth member of the initiative to make the community of Boyle Heights safer and healthier for its members.
Omar will be graduating in June. Graduation is one of the most important events in a youth’s life and Omar should have his mother there with him not sitting in a immigration detention center. Omara started her own Food and catering business selling tamales and with her partner Geronimo who have been able to support and raise their children. Without her working, Omar, his siblings have had to work in order to meet ends meet and pay the rent.
If deported to El Salvador Omara faces extremely unfavorable conditions for her and her family. Omara is a survivor of domestic violence needs to be granted asylum not deportation. Omara doesn't know any one in El Salvador, she only knows of two brothers, but has never met them.
1. Sign and share the petition
2. Share the organizational support letter
3. Make a call to Los Angeles field office for ICE (213) 830-7911
Sample Script: I am calling in support of Omara Gomez-Aviles (A#070-920-749) who is currently detained in Santa Ana City Jail. Omara is the mother of 3 US citizen children, one who is graduating high school in June. Omara is a domestic violence and human trafficking survivor and should be granted asylum not deported. She has been in the US for over 25 years and has strong ties to her community in Los Angeles.