US$3,362.00Donated So Far
I am now going to begin the process of fund raising for my brother's bail at his request. The bail bonds is asking for $10,000 and other collateral that I am working on getting together.
This particular story dates back to March when the SWAT team, GANG & NARC unit and ICE violently raided my family member's home and arrested my brother at a nearby gas station. I was able to bail my brother out in April because of a health condition and the dangers of COVID but in July the court ordered that my brother turn himself back in.
Juan turned himself in on July 7th and we have been doing every single thing possible to fight this case. The District Attorney and the El Paso Police Department are so set on putting my brother away for life. He is facing a 25-life sentence for drug related charges. Many of you will ask how can this be? He didn't murder anyone? This is possible through the criminalization of Mexicans and "gang" members or Cholos in particular. My brother has been labeled a "gang" member and as such they are able to place "gang enhancements" on his case. The state of Texas calls him a "habitualized criminal" while turning a blind eye to the fact that they have targeted and policed my brother since he was a youth.
My brother will have a much better chance fighting this case from the outside where he can be properly housed, fed and rested. He is not able to work on his case from inside a detention center where there is no access to the law library and not even his lawyer. Since COVID all visitations, including from his lawyer, have been canceled until further notice. Right now, Juan is locked in solitary confinement 23 hours a day BECAUSE of his status as a "gang" member in the system.
Please consider donating even $1 to support me and my family in freeing my brother from the depths of hell.
we will free my brother. i am speaking that into existence. please keep him in your prayers.
In love and solidarity always,
- Marlene Mercado
- Campaign Owner
- Sydney Corbin
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