OUR STORY-FREEFERNANDO

For: LOURDES BARRAZA
San Jose, CA
Organizer: Lourdes Barraza
OUR STORY-FREEFERNANDO (LOURDES BARRAZA)
$5,416
of $7,500 goal
72% Complete
Raised by 62 donors

The Story

I am hoping that as of today, many of you know our story and have had the opportunity to share it if that is something you are compelled to do. If not, I would like to share it with you. 

My husband Fernando was detained by ICE on October 11th, 2017, after just having dropped off our 4 year old at daycare. Today, he still sits detained at the West County Detention Center.  Fernando is a hard-working man, extremely goal oriented, a wonderful husband, a loving father and just a great human being. Our daughters and I, are facing one of the worst nightmares of our lives and wake up every morning, still hoping this was really just a nightmare. Not only are we facing extreme emotional suffering, but we are also now confronted with an enormous financial hardship. Thanks to his hard work, Fernando was the primary provider for our home, but as a result of his detainment, I have been left with the task to figure out how we will make ends meet, while also being the only emotional and physical support for our 3 girls who are 15, 11, and 4. 

Laws are laws and I respect that just as my husband does. However, when one particular person said he would only go after criminals we somehow hoped that was the case. Sadly, now we see it was a lie because Fernando is the furthest thing from being a criminal. Anyone who knows him, would undoubtedly vouch for that. 

Still, with that being said, at his first court hearing yesterday, it was confirmed that he won't be home for Thanksgiving, Christmas or even New Years. If we are lucky, he may be allowed to come home sometime in mid January and that is if we are lucky and God listens to our prayers. Therefore, at this time, I am reaching out to those of you who feel it in your heart to help our family out. I need to make sure our daughters have a roof over their heads, food on the table and that their basic needs are met. In addition, the weekly drive from San Jose to Richmond, also adds up as do the collect calls that we receive from Fernando, although those are definitely the highlight of our evenings. 

I am staying faithful that God has a plan for our family and that He will soon reunite us. Living this has pushed me towards working with others to speak up for those who don't have a voice, for those who are afraid of the repercussions if they do speak up. I will continue to believe that God chose us for a specific reason and I will use that to give me the strength to move forward and work tirelessly to bring Fernando home and reunite other families who are living with the same pain we are. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 20, 2018

Posted on March 20, 2018

As of today, we still do NOT have an answer from Judge Park. Therefore, all  we can continue to do is wait for Park to take his darn time while the  cruel and continued detainment of  Fernando occurs. I really CANNOT understand how a person can sleep at  night knowing that families like mine are UNJUSTLY separated. All I can  ask is that we continue to pray for Judge Park and those like him that  can use their discretion to either keep families whole or break up  families and cause severe and irreversible mental, physical and  financial damage. To you all, we are so very grateful for you and your support. Thank you!


Posted on March 14, 2018

Posted on March 14, 2018

As most of you know, we are still waiting for a decision from the judge. After Fernando's court hearing on Monday, February 26, the judge delayed the decision for another 3 weeks, a decision that surprised Fernando's lawyer who said Fernando had overwhelming evidence for his release. Fernando remains in detention up ‪until March 19‬, and our family continues to fight for his release.

Our family appreciates all of the prayers, support, and beautiful notes that you continue to send to Fernando. Also, we are very grateful for the financial support that has been given to us. We ask that you continue to share our Free Fernando page and the You Caring page as financially, this is still devastating on us. We are hopeful that the judge will make the fair decision, but if not, we will push and fight to get him released on bond. While this is not what would be best for our family, a bond would mean he is home, but we would need additional help coming up with the money for the bond. I know that by sharing our story, we will make it through, one way or another.

Thank you all for being by our side during the past 5 months and we dream of the day that Fernando can thank all of you personally. A huge hug to everyone! 🙏


Posted on March 9, 2018

Posted on March 9, 2018

Hi everyone, we have raised 50% of the goal thanks to your generosity. Please share this fundraiser with your family and friends to help us reach our goal.

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