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Don't Deport Gay Torture Victim!

When Hugo was 13 two men burned and sliced his genitals, all merely because they found out he had no interest in girls. Hugo is gay.

Hugo has been detained by immigration since October of 2011. He has an active asylum case yet ICE will not allow him to fight it from the outside. Hugo was tortured in Mexico; his own father has told him he'd kill any son of his who is gay. Hugo can't be deported back to Mexico.

Can you help us get the word out? "Don't deport gay torture victim Hugo!"

Make a Phone Call

1. Call ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)

Sample Script: "I am calling to urge ICE to release Hugo Petatan (A#200-299-394) from Monroe County Jail in Michigan. Hugo was tortured in Mexico for being gay; his genitals were burned and sliced. He is a torture victim and could be killed if deported. Let Hugo go!”

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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 Hugo Gallardo Petatan (A#200-299-394) from detention at the Monroe County Jail in Michigan. Hugo has been detained in Immigration Detention since October 8, 2011. Recently, his Asylum case was reopened.

Hugo came to the United States, from Mexico, to escape persecution for his sexual orientation. When Hugo was only 13 years old, he was tortured by two men because he was not interested in girls. The two men burned and sliced Hugo’s genitals, leaving them permanently scarred. Hugo’s father even told him that if he knew that one of his sons was gay, he would kill him. Now 24 years old, Hugo is terrified of being sent back to a country where he was tortured and threatened.

During the long months of incarceration, Hugo’s partner has visited him often and has asked Hugo to marry him. The other inmates began to notice the frequent visits and threatened to beat Hugo up for being gay. As a result, Hugo was transferred to be housed in the criminal section. He still fears for his safety while in jail and this has affected his morale.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Hugo is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Hugo has been detained for over a year even though he has never had any trouble with the law before this and is awaiting the decision of his Asylum case. Hugo has been threatened and tortured in Mexico and fears going back. His only wish is to remain safely in the United States with his partner.

I urge you to immediately release Hugo Gallardo Petatan (A#200-299-394) from Monroe County Jail in Michigan and stop his deportation.

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