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Our Deportation Defense Team teams up with CIYJA for liberation and justice!

Background: Jose Juan Erazo Herrera came to the U.S as an unaccompanied minor in 2016. He had been suffering from child abuse from his mother and eventually became homeless in El Salvador, which made him susceptible to police violence and gangs threatening his life. When Juan Jose entered the U.S he was apprehended by ICE at the Texas border and released to his brother in New York.

In February 2017, police profiled him as a gang member—without any evidence—and arrested him for being present during an assault on a classmate. He spent 6 months in county jail and another 6 months in juvenile hall as a result. When he was released, ICE picked him up and brought him to Yolo County (ORR “secure” facility) here in California.

Juan Jose has been in immigration detention for 1 year now and 1 year in juvenile detention and county jail. He has lost 2 years of his life to this system that does not work to repair harm. He was 17 years old the last time he was free and turned 19 yrs on March 15th.

Juan Jose was only ever in the juvenile justice system, and in the state of New York, there is a state law that prohibits the disclosure of juvenile justice records, and yet New York correctional officials illegally released these records to ICE, who used them during his immigration bond hearing as evidence that he was allegedly a gang member and a danger to the community. His bond was denied.

Juan Jose has been fighting for his freedom inside detention and has taken part in two hunger strikes that happened in Yuba where detainees were demanding better conditions. At his last court, he was on strike and had not eaten for 72 hours.

When I visited him with his attorney he had just received the news that his asylum had been denied and was very sad and disillusioned.  

I spoke to him about CIYJA and told him the community we have been able to build and support throughout these campaigns, he smiled and said "If you all are willing to fight for me, then why can't I"

Juan Jose is willing to continue fighting for his freedom, and he needs our support!

How you can support: 

 Write a letter to him! 

(email me and I can send you his information or send him your letter from our CIYJA office)

Share his story! Get others to support him so we can build a strong #FREEJUANJOSE team! 

Stay in touch through social media for updates on upcoming court hearings! @CIYJA  !!

In Community ,

Itzel C. Medina Pronouns: She/Her/Ella 

Deportation Defense Organizer

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

m:510 285 6965 

a:385 Grand Ave Suite 201, Oakland, CA 94601  e: 

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DSCS Partners with local filmmaker for SF INDIFEST Screening
5:00 PM17:00

DSCS Partners with local filmmaker for SF INDIFEST Screening

This weekend check out DSCS @ the SF IndiFest Screening of "Collisions" !!! 

Dolores Street Community Services is partnering up with local filmmaker Richard Levien for the screening of his feature film, “Collisions”- our very own Senior Attorney, Frances Kreimer,  provided guidance for the film script! The film aims to humanize aspects of the immigration debate, especially the separation of families, and to shine a light on the large injustices in our current immigration detention system. “Collisions,” is a sensitively portrayed, moving story about an immigrant family in San Francisco and the travails they experience as a result of their government-forced separation.  “Collisions" is playing at the Roxie as part of SF IndieFest! 

A family member of a client of the Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program will be participating in the Q&A shortly after the film. 

Watch the trailer here, and pick up a ticket

What: “Collisions” movie screening
Where: The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
When: Saturday, February 9, 5 pm

The screening will sell out, so get your tickets now! We’ll be there with a table, so please come out and support us and this movie! (see flyer below). 


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UPDATE: Flood the Courtroom to #FreeRaul!
12:00 PM12:00

UPDATE: Flood the Courtroom to #FreeRaul!

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Dear #FreeRaul supporters,

Thanks to the growing out pour of community support and Raul's incredible Dolores Street Community Services’ legal team, Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim ordered immigration courts to grant Raul a new bond hearing and an opportunity to prove rehabilitation is possible.

We want to show a STRONG community presence and show IJ Park that Raul has community ties and for Raul to be released on bond. Join our community rally to then follow flood the courtroom!

Flood the Courtroom to #FreeRaul!

When: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 1PM

Time: Community Rally & Bond Hearing TBC

Where: 630 Sansome St. San Francisco CA

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Monster in the Mission - Public Hearing / Audiencia Publica
2:30 PM14:30

Monster in the Mission - Public Hearing / Audiencia Publica

Happy New Year everyone! The time has finally come for the very first public hearing about the Monster in the Mission!

Join us on February 7th at Mission High School for and have the opportunity to speak directly to the Planning Commission and demand that they make the right choice and take a stand against the Monster in the Mission and support the 100% community developed affordable housing!

Planning should always be a public and accessible process where the people most impacted by a project should be able to authentically inform the decision. This hearing is a real example of how planning decisions should be made.

As always, childcare, food, and interpretation (Spanish, Cantonese and ASL) will be available.

Mission High is wheelchair accessible as is the auditorium where the hearing will be held. There are accessible and gender neutral bathrooms as well.

Let's show Maximus and the City what people power Mission-style looks like!

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Feliz Año Nuevo a todxs! ¡Por fin ha llegado el momento de la primera audiencia pública sobre el Monstruo en la Misión!

¡Acompañenos el 7 de febrero en la Mission High School y tenga la oportunidad de hablar directamente con la Comisión de Planificación y exigirles que tomen la decisión correcta y tomen una posición en contra del Monstruo en la Misión y apoyen el 100% de viviendas asequibles desarrolladas por la comunidad!

Planificación siempre debe ser un proceso público y accesible donde las personas más afectadas por un proyecto deben poder informar la decisión de manera auténtica. Esta audiencia es un ejemplo real de cómo se deben tomar las decisiones de planificación.

Como siempre, habrá cuidado de niñxs, comida e interpretación (Español, Cantones, ASL).

La escuala Mission High es accesible para sillas de ruedas al igual que el auditorio donde se realizará la audiencia. También hay baños accesibles y neutrales al género.

¡Vamos a mostrarle a Maximus y la ciudad cómo se ve el poder del pueblo al estilo Misión!

¡Nos vemos allí!

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Our City Our Home ERAF Budget Hearing @ City Hall
10:00 AM10:00

Our City Our Home ERAF Budget Hearing @ City Hall

The City recently discovered that they had extra funding ($185 Million!) from the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund.

Join the Our City Our Home Coalition and ask the City's Budget & Finance Committee to use some of this windfall funding to go towards housing and homelessness!

When: Wednesday, 2/6 at 10am
Where: City Hall Rm. 250

Contact Sam Lew at for more info.

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