Support Yihwa Kim, Survivor of DV + ICE Detention Abuse (+한)

For: Yihwa Kim
Organizer: KACEDA (Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse)
Support Yihwa Kim, Survivor of DV + ICE Detention Abuse (+한) (Yihwa Kim)
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UPDATE 12/12/17: Our second milestone of $1,000 has been met! Thank you so much for your generosity. We will keep this fundraiser online to keep updating on the upcoming online articles and Yihwa's next steps, but it is no longer necessary to donate. Please do donate to the fundraiser to Free Marlon Lopez, the son of a KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, which has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout Yihwa's case) member leader, who needs $8,000 bail and political asylum from El Salvador: youcaring.com/rosalopez-1040895


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BACKGROUND: Yihwa Kim is a Korean woman who fled her home country, South Korea, because of the extreme and prolonged domestic and sexual violence she suffered at the hands of her father and his various connections. She has been detained since April 2017 for seeking asylum in the United States. In November, her right to a bond hearing was denied by a judge who was a former prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security. With no end in sight to her detention, which has resulted in further trauma, medical neglect and the deterioration of her health, Yihwa chose to withdraw her request for asylum on December 1st. At this hearing, she said: “Being forced to return to Korea is an act of suicide for me. But being imprisoned for another potential 2 or 3 years, like some others here… and to get no help for my medical conditions while I am detained… I don’t want to die inside here, either.” Within a week or two, Yihwa will be deported back to South Korea.


FUNDRAISER: We are raising emergency funds for Yihwa's use immediately upon her forcible return to Korea. Her priority is freedom of travel because she needs to avoid being trapped back into the control of her abusive family. She is requesting assistance because she may not be able to purchase tickets and other materials to ensure her privacy and safety, after her months of detainment.


SUPPORT: Please share this fundraiser offline and online with hashtags #YihwaKim #SupportYihwa #SurvivedAndPunished #MeToo.


Please share the articles written with Yihwa's interviews, published here: [updated when published]


If you or someone you know are in a similar situation and request support, please contact KACEDA (Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse): http://www.kaceda.org/contact-us/


배경: 김이화씨는 한국에서 사는 동안  아버지와 그리고 그와 연관된 사람들로부터 극단적인 학대와 성폭력을 오랫동안 받아왔습니다. 그 고통을 피하기 위해 2017년 4월 그녀는 한국을 떠나 미국으로 들어오면서 망명 신청을 하였는데, 곧바로 이민자 수용소로 보내졌습니다. 11월에 그녀는 6개월이 넘는 수용소 생활을 하면 가지게 되는 이민자의 보석 심리권을 요청했으나, 그녀의 망명 심사를 담당한 판사는 전 국토안보부 검찰관으로 일하던 사람으로서, 그녀의 요청을 무참히 거부했습니다. 오래된 수용소 생활속에 필요한 의료조치를 받지 못함으로 인해 그녀의 건강상태가 악화되었고, 수용소 생활이 언제 끝날지 모르는 상황이 계속되자, 그녀는 12월 1일 입국허가취하를 요청하게 됐습니다. 판사가 그녀의 망명신청을 취하함에 따라, 그녀는 몇 주 안에 한국으로 강제 출국을 당하게 되는 상황에 처해있습니다. 12월 1일에 있었던 공판중 그녀는 “한국으로 출국을 강제당하는 것은 자살행위와 다름 없지만, 수용소에서 2년 혹은 3년까지도 수감되어 있는 사람들을 보면서 나도 그런 처지에 처할 수 있다는 사실과, 그렇게 오래된 수감 생활 동안 의료서비스를 받지 못할 것을 감안해, 입국허가취하 신청을 할 수 밖에 없었다... 나는 여기 감옥 안에서 죽고 싶지 않다”고 발언했습니다. 1, 2주 안에 김이화씨는 대한민국으로 강제 추방 될 예정입니다. 


모금 행사: 강제 추방 후 한국에 도착하는 즉시 김이화씨에게 필요한 긴급 자금을 모금하고 있습니다. 폭력적인 가족들의 손아귀로부터 벗어나기 위해서 그녀에게는 무엇보다 이동의 자유가 필요합니다. 몇 개월 수감 이후 스스로의 안전을 보증하기 위한 티켓 구매 그리고 기타 비용이 필요해 도움을 요청하고 있습니다.


후원: 이 모금 행사를 오프라인과 온라인에 “#YihwaKim”, "Support Yihwa", “#SurvivedAndPunished”, “#MeToo” 해시태그로 공유해주세요. 

여기 있는 인터뷰 기사들도 공유를 부탁합니다: [updated when published]

본인이나 지인이 비슷한 상황을 경험했거나 도움이 필요하시면 미주한인가정폭력방지연대에게 연락주세요: (KACEDA - Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse): http://www.kaceda.org/contact-us/

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 14, 2017

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Posted on December 14, 2017

The article by Yihwa Kim about her abuses by ICE before and during immigration detention has been published on TruthOut:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/42891-being-detained-feels-like-the-abuse-i-tried-to-escape-a-korean-survivor-speaks-out-from-immigration-detention


Please read and share, and contact KACEDA (Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse) at kaceda.org/contact-us if you or someone you know has experienced something similar, or Survived And Punished Coalition at survivedandpunished.org/contact for resources and movement-building to support survivors in and out of incarceration and immigration detention.


Introduction to the TruthOut Op-Ed:


"Being Detained Feels Like the Abuse I Tried to Escape": A Korean Survivor Speaks Out From Immigration Detention


Thursday, December 14, 2017


Yihwa Kim is a Korean woman who fled her home country, South Korea, because of the extreme and prolonged domestic and sexual violence she suffered at the hands of her father and his various connections. She has been detained since April 2017 for seeking asylum in the United States. In November, her right to a bond hearing was denied by a judge who was a former prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During her hearing, this judge openly said that he sympathized with the prosecuting attorney for DHS and understood his position. With no end in sight to her detention -- which has resulted in further trauma, medical neglect and the deterioration of her health -- on December 1, Kim chose to withdraw her application for asylum in the US.


Within weeks, she will be forcibly returned to South Korea. At her December 1 hearing, she said: "Being forced to return to Korea is an act of suicide for me. But being imprisoned for another potential two or three years, like some others here ... and to get no help for my medical conditions while I am detained ... I don't think dying in here is right, either."


What follows is a translation of Kim's firsthand account of her ordeal in the US detention system.


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Thank you for your support raising emergency funds for Yihwa's immediate use upon her forcible return to Korea, and ask that supporters and viewers of this page read, share, and take to heart the TruthOut article of her experience and criticism of the U.S. immigration detention system and ICE.


Yihwa herself has been determined to expose the injustices and abuse she suffered in ICE detention so that no one else has to go through what she has endured.


http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/42891-being-detained-feels-like-the-abuse-i-tried-to-escape-a-korean-survivor-speaks-out-from-immigration-detention

Please feel free to use the hashtags #YihwaKim #SupportYihwa #SurvivedAndPunished #MeToo #Not1More when sharing the article.


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We also ask that instead of donating to this fundraiser (as the goal of $1,000 has already been met), could you please share and donate to the bail fund for 18-year-old Marlon Lopez fleeing violence in El Salvador?


His mother is a passionate organizer and member leader at KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance), a Los Angeles-based non-profit that has been extremely supportive to Yihwa's case throughout her hearings, sending organizational endorsements to the immigration court, connecting us with a badly needed Korean-speaking lawyer, and organizing individual letter-writing sessions to send to Yihwa while she was detained.


Marlon was apprehended by ICE in Arizona, and his mother had to take out a large loan to cover his bail and travel expenses, and needs support in both repaying those costs and advocating for her son's political asylum so that they can stay together as a family.


FREE MARLON LOPEZ: Young Immigrant Seeking Asylum

https://www.youcaring.com/rosalopez-1040895


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Thank you for your outpouring of support,

Yihwa's Bay/LA Support Team

KACEDA (Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse) at kaceda.org/contact-us


Posted on December 13, 2017

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Posted on December 13, 2017

We would like to encourage sharing of and donations to a fundraiser by KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance) in Los Angeles, which has hosted letter-writing sessions to Yihwa while she was in detention, and sent organizational and individual letters of support to the immigration court throughout her hearings.

Currently, one of KIWA's own member leaders is fundraising for her 18-year-old son's $8,000 bail and need for asylum from violence in El Salvador. As we close this fundraiser, we ask that donors, viewers of this page, and supporters of Yihwa also extend support to the fundraiser to Free Marlon Lopez.

https://www.youcaring.com/rosalopez-1040895

"HELP US FREE MARLON LOPEZ FROM DETENTION & REUNITE HIM WITH HIS MOM

Rosa Lopez was working at a restaurant where she was not receiving meal and rest breaks and was owed years of overtime. The employers hid under a corporate veil and after a lengthy wage claim and collections process the workers were unable to collect. Through this Rosa Lopez became a member leader at KIWA. Knowing first hand how wage theft affects workers and their families, she is relentless in advocating for workers rights. Rosa came to the U.S in hopes of a better future for her kids, whom she leaves under their grandmothers care.

She was unable to see her son Marlon Lopez grow up but with hard work she has supported her kid’s education. Marlon loves soccer and was a good student. However, in El Salvador it is difficult to avoid gangs. As he got older they began to stalk him and harass him. In October of this year Marlon turned 18 and was focused on soccer and continuing his education. A couple of months ago, after playing in a local soccer match, gang members followed him home. They chased him and beat him until he was unconscious. His grandmother had to nurse him back to health due to fear of further gang retaliation had she taken him to the hospital or called the authorities. After, Marlon was extremely afraid to leave his house. He quit school and soccer. One morning his grandmother could not find him. That morning turned into days. No one knew where he was until his mother received a call that Marlon was detained in Arizona.

Our focus right now is to reunite Rosa with her son after so many years. First, we need to procure his bail and then follow up with a political asylum case.

Please help us reunite this amazing mujer with her son by donating any amount you can.
Thanks"

We hope people who support Yihwa Kim can also help to spread and support this fundraiser.

Thank you all so much, and please keep on the lookout for the upcoming online articles by Yihwa Kim about her experience suffering the cruetlies of ICE detention.

-Yihwa's Bay/LA Support Team

KACEDA (Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse) http://www.kaceda.org/contact-us/


Posted on December 13, 2017

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Posted on December 13, 2017

Hello Supporters of Yihwa Kim,

We are so elated to say we have not only met our initial goal of $600 within only two days of the fundraiser, but also surpassed our second milestone of $1000 by day three! 

You are all so wonderful. Thank you sincerely for coming together for Yihwa Kim to help her immediately after such a difficult time in detention, and to ensure her safety and privacy from abusers even when she is forcibly returned to South Korea. It is critically important that she has the means to travel and sustain herself on her own terms, and thanks to all of you, we are able to help her get started. This is people power!

We will close this fundraiser, but keep it online to continue posting updates about Yihwa's case and how to further support as we await news from ICE about her exact forced departure. 

We will also update when the online articles about this case are published in the upcoming week.

We would like to thank all individuals, online and offline supporters, and community organizations who have supported Yihwa throughout this case and shared and donated to this fundraiser.

In particular, we would like to thank KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance) in Los Angeles, which has hosted letter-writing sessions to Yihwa while she was in detention, and sent organizational and individual letters of support to the immigration court throughout her hearings.

Currently, one of KIWA's own member leaders is fundraising for her 18-year-old son's $8,000 bail and need for asylum from violence in El Salvador. As we close this fundraiser, we ask that donors, viewers of this page, and supporters of Yihwa also extend support to the fundraiser to Free Marlon Lopez.

We will post more about this in the next update, the link is here: https://www.youcaring.com/rosalopez-1040895 

Thank you all again, we are so grateful for this outpouring of support!

-Yihwa's Bay/LA Support Team

KACEDA (Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse) http://www.kaceda.org/contact-us/

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