Edwin Loza was an exemplary student who was deported to Guatemalathe day after he graduated CHOICE High School in Shelton, WA. He has since been legally adopted by an American citizen and has been approved to apply for residency. The Loza family has set a goal of raising $4500 by May 1st 2012, to pay the visa fees for Edwin, his mother Claudia, and his sister Michelle, plus travel cost back home from Guatemala.
*Please follow this link to explore their fundraising website. You can donate to the cause via credit card on the "donate" page.
In 2007, Claudia (mother) and Edwin Loza (son, 19 years old), were detained by Immigration Customs Enforcement at their home in Shelton, Washington. Neither Claudia nor Edwin had committed any crime. Claudia remained in the Northwest Detention (NWDC) Center in Tacoma, Washington for 8 months before being deported to Guatemala. Edwin was also detained in the NWDC for three months and was permitted to return to Shelton to complete his last year of high school. During this time Edwin was monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet. Edwin was deported to Guatemala the day after his graduation ceremony, a country he had not know since he was 7 years old. Edwin and his mother were stripped from their family. Claudia’s daughter Michelle, youngest son Kevin and husband Juan remain in Shelton Washington.
Since this incident, step father Juan Loza has finalized the adoption of Edwin, Michelle and Kevin. Both Edwin, his mother Claudia and Michelle have been approved to apply for 10-year residency visas. The family needs to raise at least $6000 to pay for these visas in addition to travel expenses from Guatemala. Edwin is eager to return home to his family and friends, and to attend a University in the United States. Edwin is passionate about completing his higher education to become a physical therapist.
On April 28th, the Loza family and partnering organizations will be holding a fundraiser, celebration and outreach event in the Shelton Washington. 324 West Cedar Street, Shelton, WA (360) 426-8472 ?
The event will include:
*Spoken Word Poetry
The March: A Carpool will be organized from Shelton to Seattle on the morning of May 1st. Location and time to be announced.
May 1st March & Rally at Seattle, Washington, United States
Location: Rally - 3:30pm / March - 4pm
We marched, we voted, we continue to mobilize!
This May 1st we call on President Obama to…
RENEW JUSTICE AND RESTORE ALL RIGHTS FOR ALL!
Friday May 1, 2009
Rally 3:30PM • March 4:00PM
Gathering @ Judkin’s Playfield
(behind St. Mary’s Church - 611 20th Ave S)
The Committee for Immigration Reform and Social Justice
is making a general call to all of our sisters and brothers within unions,
the religious community and community organizations to…
…march this May 1st under a common platform that unites us all as workers.
•Employee Free Choice•
• For A People’s Economy•
•Health Care for All•
•End to the War in Iraq•
•Moratorium on Raids & Detentions•
…BECAUSE WE ARE ALL WORKERS!
Thanks for your support!! call me with questions
Family and Youth Support Liaison
Shelton School District:
Housed at CHOICE High School
Office: 360 462 2237. Ex. 17005
Cell: 360 490 1235
Fax: 360 462 1203