Help Angel Padilla's family pay for his surgery!

For: Angel Padilla
Tacoma, WA
Organizer: Megan Ybarra
Help Angel Padilla's family pay for his surgery! (Angel Padilla)
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The Story

As of April 29, 2016:With our help, Angel's family has raised enough money to cover the bond for his release from the Northwest Detention Center. Angel has stage 3 kidney cancer. His family has scheduled his surgery for May 3rd, and are gratefully accepting our support to help cover his medical expenses.

Angel Padilla was held in administrative immigration detention at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA from Autumn 2015 until his release on April 26, 2016.  In December, 2015 he was diagnosed with kidney cancer – a large and malignant tumor on his left kidney. His doctor says that he needs major surgery to have this tumor removed as soon as possible.  While his lawyer, family members and community members have fought tirelessly for him, both ICE and GEO Group, the corporation that runs the detention center, denied medical treatment and appropriate food.  On April 20, Mr. Padilla finally had a bond hearing where his bond was set at $15,000. On April 26, his family and over 40 other supporters paid this bond and he was free of a cage for the first time in 20 years. Mr. Padilla’s case has become symbolic of the blatant inhumanity of the US’s immigration detention and enforcement system. Despite his condition, Mr. Padilla is committed to being a part of the movement against the US's broken deportation and detention system. 

Learn more about Mr. Padilla’s story here and in this article in the Seattle Stranger.

Money donated will go to Elizabeth de Padilla, Angel's wife, who is working to take care of him and arrange for his long overdue medical care.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 12, 2016

Posted on May 12, 2016

Angel finally had surgery on May 3rd to remove a massive and growing kidney tumor. He was in the hospital for over a week with complications, but is now recovering with family. Angel's struggle is not over, as the road to health will be a long one.

As you might have seen in the New York Times today, negligent or absent medical care is unfortunately all too common -- 61 cases of substandard medical care in a New Jersey immigrant jail were brought in a civil rights complaint to the Department of Homeland Security. As we support Angel, we recognize that there are others still behind bars who urgently need medical care. Please keep Angel and his family in your prayers for their health, legal and financial needs... and join us in saying #not1more!

Posted on April 29, 2016

Posted on April 29, 2016

Thanks to our support and his family's tireless advocacy, Angel Padilla was released from the Northwest Detention Center on April 26th! You can read about his story in The Stranger:

His family has arranged for his surgery to have a kidney tumor removed next Tuesday, May 3rd, and are gratefully accepting donations to help defray the costs.

You can also join Angel's supporters at the University of Puget Sound fundraiser today at 5pm in the Kilworth Memorial Chapel. In addition to music, food, and fun, Angel will Skype in and say hello! Please consider joining us and helping out.

Posted on April 22, 2016

Posted on April 22, 2016

We did it!

Thanks to your support and Angel's family, they have raised enough money to cover the bond and get Angel released from the Northwest Detention Center. While his struggle with ICE isn't over, this gives him a chance to receive the proper healthcare for his cancer that he needs.


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