This is my story…
My name is Abby (not his real name) I am a citizen of Lebanon and a United States permanent resident.
I came to the United States on January 28, 1988 because of an attempt on my life from Hezbollah because I was a member of the militia related to the Israeli forces in South Lebanon and I have not returned to this country since.
I got married and I have one kid. My wife is American. In 1992 I suffered from depression and panic and anxiety attacks. I have been on medication and since then I could not work or help watch my son. In 2007 I committed a crime, fraud, and I was sentenced to 30 months in prison. I had served my time and upon my release July 30, 2009, I was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
I have applied for asylum and CAT. Both were denied by immigration judges despite proof that if I return back [to Lebanon] I will be tortured or killed. In February 2009, newspapers back home stated threats on attempts on my father’s life because of me. I am now facing death if I return back to Lebanon. The ministry of travel is controlled by Hezbollah, I sent letters with evidence to DHS, the justice department and the secretary of Homeland security and they all disregarded my request to save my life. I am awaiting deportation to my final destiny, which is death.
I am confined inside 24/7 and only on certain days we are allowed to go to the back only to see the sky for an hour or less. Access to the phone is only if you have money and it is very expensive. I have had no legal help since I have been in custody with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I cannot afford a lawyer. Medical care is provided only by one nurse from 8 to 3 pm and, during the other shift the guards give us medication, not the nurse or any medical staff.
I have not seen any of my family since I have been in ICE custody because my family lives in New Jersey and I am detained in Ohio. I have requested so many times to be transferred to a facility in New Jersey, but my requests have been denied.
I have sent copies of my statement to the mayor and governor explaining my situation in Lebanon and I have much more evidence to present as well. I need help!