Help Sophia challenge her charter flight deportation!

For: Sophia, set to be deported to Jamaica
Organizer: The Unity Centre
Help Sophia challenge her charter flight deportation! (Sophia, set to be deported to Jamaica)
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*Donate to help Sophia with legal fees to judicially review the Home Office decision to deport her from the UK to Jamaica!*

Sophia has been in Yarl’s Wood since October and has been given a ticket by the Home Office for the charter to Jamaica. She has been in the UK for over 25 years with indefinite leave to remain and 3 kids – aged 23, 16 and 13.

“As a mother, no words can describe how I feel being stuck in this prison as my kids need me more than ever. Why are they punishing my family for something minor I did as a troubled kid? They are tearing families apart.”

Sophia has been told by the Home Office that she can either bring her kids – who have lived their whole lives in the UK and have British citizenship – to Jamaica, or that she can communicate with them from Jamaica via Skype.  As well as calling the UK his home, her son suffers from sickle cell disease and would be unable to access needed medication and treatment in Jamaica.

Sophia was convicted for minor shoplifting 10 years ago, and due to the racist nature of the UK government who apply double punishment to those without a British passport, is set to be deported to Jamaica - a country she hasn't lived in for over 25 years - as a result, despite having won her appeal.

The Home Office challenged her successful appeal, coming to her home and forcefully taking her away to detention, in front of her 13 year old son, who was rushed to hospital as a result of going into shock at witnessing this. Since Sophia has been in detention, he has been admitted to hospital twice, whilst her daughter - heavily pregnant at the time - had to leave her two young children at home with a family friend in order to stay with him in hospital.

"What the Home Office is doing is inhumane and my basic human rights are being overlooked. On a charter flight they can take me however they want without anyone seeing."

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 8, 2017

Posted on March 8, 2017

As a direct result of so many donations, Sophia was able to pay for a solicitor to lodge a judicial review and injunction, which meant that she wasn't on the charter flight today!!! She says a big thank you to all her supporters and everyone who donated - it shows how possible it is for people to make an impact and support those facing deportation. Next, she will try to get bail from Yarl's Wood and wait for the outcome of the judicial review. If anyone knows a solicitor who would work pro bono to represent her please get in touch at [email protected]  The fight continues but Sophia can rest a bit today.

Our thoughts and solidarity are also with everyone who was deported away from their communities and homes this morning to Jamaica, and their families still in the UK.

Thank you and solidarity!

The Unity Centre

Posted on March 6, 2017

Posted on March 6, 2017

Thank you to everyone that has donated. We will definitely have an update after Wednesday, As the chartered flight is that day. 

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