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Miami Police Abuse Lands Laura in Detention: Let Her Go!

In July Laura was beat up by a corrupt police officer who is now facing an investiation by the corruption unit. Laura was charged with Obstruction after her arm was fractured by the officer. One of the detectives was shocked she was in detention!

Now 4 months later Laura is still in detention while the police finish their investigation. Laura is eligible for a U-visa, the petition is pending with the police department but they are refusing to sign it.

Take Action - Demand Miami PD Sign Laura's U-Visa!

Call Miami Police non-emergency numbers: 305-603-6292 or 305-603-6291

And follow this sample script:

"Hi, I am a member of the community and I am calling with concerns regarding Laura Odilia. In July Laura was beat up by one of your officers but still charged with Obstruction and as a result of taken to an immigration detention center for deportation.

Laura is the victim of a crime and now your police department is refusing to sign her U-visa certification. Why is the Miami Police standing behind the officer who beat up Laura? Sign the U-Visa!"

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RT So Laura is beat up by Miami Police Officer & ends up in detention?! Now the dept wont sign U-visa? WTF http://bit.ly/fllaura .@DreamAct

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The Petition

To Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton; and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:

I am writing to call for the immediate release of Laura Odilia Cartagena (A# 078-922-847) from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and urge ICE to immediately stop her deportation. Laura has a pending asylum application and meets the requirements to obtain relief through a U-Visa.

Laura has been detained at Broward Transitional Center since July 13, 2012 after she was charged with obstruction of justice. However, Laura was badly beaten by the officer who arrested her and he is currently under investigation for corruption. The head of the Miami Police Department Anti-Corruption Unit told Laura there was no reason why she should be detained as the charges against her have been lifted. Laura is a low-priority case and should be released immediately.

Laura is originally from Honduras and has been living in the United States for over ten years. She is terrified of being sent back to Honduras because her husband has threatened to kill her if she goes back. Laura is a victim of sexual and physical abuse and eligible for relief through a U-Visa. She also has a son and wants nothing more than to be reunited with him. Laura has suffered enough and must be released from detention immediately.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Laura is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Laura has a pending asylum application and is eligible to obtain relief through a U-Visa. It is outrageous that she could be sent to a country where she could be killed by her own husband. Laura’s life and the life of her son are in imminent danger if she is deported.

I urge you to release Laura Odilia Cartagena from Broward Transitional Center immediately and stop her deportation.

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