Viridiana Martinez
(919) 704-0599
Detained After Minor Traffic Accident: ICE, Drop the Hold on Fabiana!

Durham, NC — On Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 Fabiana Palomo-Muniz (A# 096-114-526) was involved in a minor traffic accident for which she was ticketed and taken to the Wake County Detention Center. Since Wake County participates in the 287(g) program, a county contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Fabiana is now detained and facing deportation instead of being released to her community despite having no criminal record.

Fabiana came to the US 8 years ago in search of a better life. For the past 6 years she has been living in Durham, NC and has been a dedicated and respected community member at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Fabiana has been working hard to help her community and has helped guide many youth within her church to better themselves by providing mentorship as a volunteer coordinator of the Latino Youth Ministry Program.

A prayer vigil will be held in Fabiana’s church to push for her release and deportation to be halted. Family, friends, and at least 100 church members and supporters are expected to attend. Over 500 petition signatures calling on ICE to release Fabiana have been gathered.

When: Monday, April 29th, 2013 @ 6:00pm
Where: Immaculate Inception Catholic Church,  810 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC

Online Petition:
Our community thrives and depends on dedicated and values oriented people like Fabiana. She is an asset to this state and country. Fabiana should not be torn away from her family that includes her US citizen niece, 11 years old, and nephew, 6 months old, who she helps provide childcare for. Additionally, at church she develops the leadership skills of youth within the youth ministry group and provides support for the parents so that positive relationships are developed with their children. This type of volunteer work is essential for the positive development of US youth so that they are goal oriented and developed to be the leaders of tomorrow.

If deported, Fabiana’s family and church community will suffer. Fabiana is a low priority for deportation according to the Morton Memo released by DHS in 2011. Fabiana’s ICE hold should be dropped and she should be released immediately.

The NC DREAM Team is an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and allies. We are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina. We aim to help undocumented youth recognize our individual and collective power to activate our communities.