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#GivingTuesday | A safe home and community for Noelani

2020 is the first Holiday Season in America for several of the immigrants AMIS supports, including *Noelani. This holiday season will be different for us Americans, but wildly different for the immigrants who have left their homelands in search of safety and a different life. Much like AMIS, Giving Tuesday began as a grassroots effort

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Masks for Haiti: Ansly Damus

Ansly Damus, the Haitian refugee who spent two years in a Geauga County jail before inspiring a nationwide movement powered by grassroots organizers and the ACLU to rally for freedom on behalf of asylum-seeking immigrants, is now working full-time and living in his own apartment in Cleveland Hts.  He recently raised over $900 to buy

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Jonas is Free!

Each time you support AMIS Ohio with donations, support, emails and social media sharing our “freedom family” grows. Most recently, your efforts helped bring freedom for Jonas, a 30-year-old asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  He fled the Congo in 2017 after being severely beaten and detained by corrupt government officials when he

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AMIS, Inc. Began with a Simple Act of Friendship

In February 2018, Elizabeth Ford, an immigration attorney, shared the story of Haitian asylum seeker Ansly Damus with Anne Hill, a local immigration activist. From there, a quick phone call to friends launched a series of events that would eventually help Ansly and many others find safety, community on the road to permanent legal status

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AMIS Ohio Signs National Bi-Partisan Call to Action

The Board Members of AMIS, Inc. unanimously voted to add our name and “signature” to organizations throughout the U.S. in a plea to leaders of both political parties. Please see the details below. Note: This letter is intended for national, state and local organizations to sign on. Deadline for sign ons: extended to Monday, April 20

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Burkina Faso Men are Thriving!

It has now been three months since Issoufou, Emmanuel, and Idrissa, all from Burkina Faso, were released from the Youngstown prison. They fled their country to seek asylum in the United States after their families were massacred in 2018, when uniformed armed men attacked their village. Their new home is the Sanctuary Apartment located at

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Yesica’s Story: Service Industry Shutdowns

Yesica is the mother of two young children, one of whom is a US citizen and the other was born in Mexico. She worked as a server in Lorain until mid-March when she was laid off due to the COVID pandemic. With COVID, it will be nearly impossible for her to get another job. Her

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Juana’s Story

Juana* spent 16 months living at St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Mentor along with her two sons in order to avoid an arrest and deportation by ICE. She lost her income and her community in the move to the church. The boys had to start over in new schools. But, the St. Andrew community welcomed

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Leonor Garcia found Sanctuary at Forest Hills

Now in her early 40s, Leonor has lived in the United States all her adult life. In her early 20s, in California where she lived at the time, someone claimed to be an attorney who wasn’t, took her money, and was unable to legally assist them, thereby obfuscating her path to citizenship. This act of

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Elias is Free! Thank you, Cleveland

Elias Castro-Tum was set free from unjust detention at Northeast Ohio Corrections late in the day on Friday, Feb. 21 and returned to New Philadelphia with his girlfriend and her two sons. With the support of AMIS, Inc. and our nonprofit partners IRTF (InterReligious Task Force on Central America) and Cleveland Jobs with Justice, we

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Elias: Freedom and A Fair Trial

A 25-year-old, soft-spoken and hardworking Mexican immigrant, Elias has been incarcerated in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC) in Youngstown, Ohio, since August 2019. Elias was picked up by the FBI after they racially profiled him as a drug trafficker based on the fact that his Facebook name was similar to that of the previous

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AMIS donations support release of asylum seekers from Youngstown prison

Issoufou, Emmanuel, and Idrissa who are from Burkina Faso, were released from the Youngstown prison on Monday, January 13, and arrived at their new home at Forest Hill Church Presbyterian in Cleveland Heights late in the afternoon. AMIS, Inc., the Diocese of Cleveland Immigration Assistance Fund, and Cleveland Jobs with Justice raised the $45,000 needed

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