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CAIR-NY: #FreeBakhodir Coalition to Hold Press Conference & Rally to Call on ICE to Stop Deportation of Husband and Father

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 9/20/20) – On Monday, September 21, the #FreeBakhodir Coalition will hold a press conference and rally outside the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in New York City to call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Bakhodir Madjitov, a husband and father of three native-born U.S. citizens who has COVID-19 that he contracted while in ICE custody.

Mr. Madjitov’s wife, attorneys, and coalition members will address the media and answer questions.

Note: Mr. Madjitov filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the US government and three ICE agents for a violent assault that took place in June 2019 during a previous, illegal attempt to deport Mr. Madjitov. In that case, Mr. Madjitov’s lawyers (CAIR-NY and the New Haven Legal Assistance Immigrant Rights Clinic) have requested an emergency temporary restraining order be issued to prevent ICE from deporting him.  The TRO motion is currently pending before the court.

Background information about Mr. Madjitov’s lawsuit can be found here:

https://www.cair-ny.org/news/2020/9/20/cair-new-york-new-haven-legal-assistance-immigrant-rights-clinic-file-lawsuit-for-muslim-uzbek-husband-and-father-assaulted-by-ice-agentsnbsp

What: Press Conference and Rally Calling for ICE to Stop Bakhodir’s deportation

Facebook Event Details: www.bit.ly/freebakhodir

When: Monday, September 21, 2020; 2:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Where: Jacob K. Javits Federal Building; 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278

Who: Mr. Madjitov’s wife, attorneys, and coalition members

The #FreeBakhodir Coalition is made up of:

Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, Connecticut Bail Fund, Life ‎in My Days, Believers Bail Out, Connecticut Workers Crisis Response, CT Students for a Dream, ‎Make the Road CT, Hartford Deportation Defense; Council on American-Islamic Relations, New York (CAIR-NY).

The Coalition invites all Americans to visit www.freebakhodir.org and stop the deportation of Mr. Madjitov.  Calls to action include signing this moveon.org petition and sending an email letter to ICE officials in charge of Bakhodir’s removal.

CAIR-NY is a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

The New Haven Legal Assistance Association is a historic legal aid office whose mission is to secure justice for and to protect the rights of those in our community who are otherwise unable to engage legal counsel.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Legal Director, 646-481-2103, ahmedmohamed@cair.com; Diana Blank, New Haven Legal Assistance Immigrant Rights Clinic; dblank@nhlegal.org, 203-946-4811, ext. 1121; Nika Zarazvand, Connecticut Bail Fund; nika@ctbailfund.org

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