“They would eat me like hot cake. They would even kill me if they got to know that I am on the way going back…” — Pastor Steven
URGENT: Steven Tendo (or Pastor Steven) is an ordained minister, human rights activist, and detained asylum‐seeker facing imminent deportation to Uganda, where government forces had tortured him, amputated two of his fingers, and killed several of his family members. He will likely be killed by security agencies if returned.
Detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for over 18 months after seeking safety here, his health has deteriorated from inadequate care in detention for his diabetes: he is now blind in one eye and losing vision in the other. He was hospitalized in July, and despite his destroyed immune system, ICE sent him back to a detention facility where over a hundred people have tested positive for COVID‐19.
Pastor Steven must be allowed to remain in the U.S. while he pursues the right to seek asylum and freed from detention for his health and safety. The U.S. must act quickly to save Pastor Steven’s life. Demand ICE to stop his deportation and release him now.