In as little as two weeks, Isabel Mejia, a mother, survivor of horrific domestic violence, and long-time Los Angeles resident, may be deported to Mexico where she is afraid her ex-husband will kill her. Please, sign this petition demanding that ICE release her from detention and close her deportation case immediately!
Isabel is a Los Angeles mother of three U.S. citizen children (3, 5 and 9) and a 13-year-old daughter. LAPD raided a party on November 14, 2015 and arrested Isabel and dozens of others. She was not charged and it appears that most were quickly released; however, Isabel was transferred to ICE after her fingerprint scan showed a decade-old deportation order from when she fled for her and her daughter's life. Isabel has a single DUI conviction for which she was taking classes as part of a diversion program prior to her detention.
Isabel was taken to the infamous for-profit Adelanto detention facility. Asylum officers determined that Isabel is afraid of returning to Mexico, where she survived horrific abuse. Married at age 14, her husband repeatedly forcibly tattooed her, beat her, and subjected her to constant psychological trauma. Her husband even tried to run her over with a car. The Mexican police refused to help her, and her husband explicitly threatened at the police station that he would find her wherever she went. In order to survive, Isabel escaped to the U.S. with her daughter.
Isabel is now being punished by the deportation and detention machinery for fleeing intimate partner violence and protecting her child from abuse. Due to the extreme and long-lasting trauma she experienced, Isabel suffers from depression. The Adelanto detention center is notorious for unacceptable medical care, including for those suffering from mental health issues and trauma survivors.
Isabel’s sister Cecilia Avila, who lives in Long Beach and has a green card, stated, "Isabel is a great mom and a hard worker. What she wants most is to provide a safe and good life for her children. She should be released from detention now so she can be back with our family!"
ICE has policies that explicitly state that it should not detain the primary caretakers of children who need to provide for their welfare, but ICE is once again ignoring its own rules. Isabel is known by ICE as Ivonne Rodriguez Flores, the name she gave them when she originally tried to hide from her abusive ex-husband.
She is another example (like Anna Nepomuceno, Nan-Hui Jo, Francisca, and Maribel) of immigrant mothers who have been punished by the deportation and detention machinery for fleeing intimate partner violence and protecting their children from abuse. #FreeTheMadresLuchadoras and #FreeIsabel!
Isabel's court hearing is on March 30th! Please sign and share this petition now and call ICE to tell them to #FreeIsabel! Call ICE at 213.830.7911 and tell them:
"I am calling to request the cancellation of reinstatement for Isabel Mejía Rodriguez (A #98954754), listed in your system as Ivonne Rodriguez Flores. She is a survivor of extreme abuse and fled to the U.S. after her ex-husband tried to kill her. She is the primary caretaker of four children, including three U.S. citizens, aged 3 to 13. She was handed over to ICE by LAPD after they arrested everyone at a party; LAPD never charged her but transferred her to ICE anyway. She has a previous deportation order from when she fled her brutal ex-husband in Mexico. She has a single DUI conviction for which she was taking classes as part of a diversion program prior to her detention. Due to the extreme and long-lasting trauma she experienced, Ms. Mejía suffers from depression. Release her back to her family and children now and cancel reinstatement!"