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Durham Youth Minister Faces Imminent Deportation: ICE, Release Fabiana Palomo Now!

UPDATE: Fabiana has been transferred a third time. She is now being held at Irwin Detention Center in Ocilla, GA. According to ICE, a previous deportation from 2003 is enough to keep her detained. Despite the fact that Fabiana is a youth minister who has dedicated her whole life to mentoring youth and is an exceptional member of the community, she faces imminent deportation. Help get Fabiana released and back home to her husband and church community! 

Take Action - Make a Call! 

Call Atlanta ICE @ (404) 893-1210

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask for the release of Fabiana Palomo (A# 096-114-526) from Irwin Detention Center in Georgia. Fabiana is the leader of the youth ministry program at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She has lived in the US for almost 10 years and is low priority for deportation. Release Fabiana Now!”

Call ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000

Sample Script: “Hi, I'm calling to urge ICE to release Fabiana Palomo-Muniz (A# 096-114-526) from Irwin Detention Center in Georgia. Fabiana is the leader of the Youth Ministry at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She has been in the US for 8 years and has no criminal record. Release Fabiana now!"


Fabiana Palomo-Muniz came to the US 8 years ago in search of a better life. For the past 6 years she has been living in Durham, NC and has been a dedicated and respected community member at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Fabiana has been working hard to help her community and has helped guide many youth within her church to better themselves by providing mentorship as a volunteer coordinator of the Latino Youth Ministry Program.

On Tuesday, Fabiana was involved in a minor traffic accident for which she was ticketed and taken to the Wake County Detention Center. Since Wake County participates in the 287(g) program, Fabiana is now detained and facing deportation instead of being released to her community. If deported, Fabiana's family and church community will suffer. Fabiana is a low priority for deportation and should be released immediately.

Take Action!

Make a call and sign the petition

Call Wake County ICE @ 919-255-7200

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask that ICE drop the hold on Fabiana Palomo-Muniz (A# 096-114-526). Fabiana is a committed member in her church and has been so for the past six years by coordinating a youth ministry program. She is an asset to this community. Please remove the ICE hold and release her immediately.”

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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 on ICE to release Fabiana Palomo-Muniz (A# 096-114-526) currently detained at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia.

Fabiana Palomo Muniz is a devoted and respected community member who has been in the US for the past eight years. She has built a life in the US around her values of community and family unity and as such has volunteered with her church for the past six years to coordinate the Latino Youth Ministry Program at Immaculate Inception Catholic Church in Durham, NC.

On Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, Fabiana was on her way to a training for youth facilitators through her church when she got into a minor traffic accident. When police arrived, the police report was taken and she was ticketed. Fabiana then asked for an interpreter but one was not available. Communication between Fabiana and the police was not clear. Fabiana understood that it was okay for her to leave since she had already been given a ticket. Such was not the case and as she drove a block to get to the Church parking lot she was followed and arrested outside the Church. She was taken to Wake County Detention Center then transferred to York County Detention Center, where she is currently detained. The charges of resisting a police officer were dropped but, despite having no criminal record, Fabiana has not been released based on a previous deportation in 2003. Back then, Fabiana was detained by immigration authorities at the airport in Atlanta, Georgia. She had a permit and a visa to enter the country, but was prohibited further entrance into the US.

Our community thrives and depends on dedicated and values oriented people like Fabiana. She is an asset to this country. Fabiana should not be torn away from her family that includes her US citizen niece, 11 years old, and nephew, 6 months old, who she helps provide childcare for. Additionally, at church she develops the leadership skills of youth within the youth ministry group and provides support for their parents so that positive relationships are developed with their children. This type of volunteer work is essential for the positive development of US youth so that they are goal oriented and developed to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Fabiana is a low-priority for deportation; we request that you release her immediately and return her to her family and church community. She should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Fabiana got married 5 years ago and her and her husband have built a life for themselves in Durham. Fabiana's only wish is to continue to give back to the country that has given her so much and she intends to do this through her continued work with youth.

I urge ICE to release Fabiana Palomo-Muniz (A# 096-114-526) from Irwin County Detention Center and immediately stop her deportation.

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