Urgent Action: Sign on to release Jean Montrevil from ICE detention

Urgent Action Alert

Sign on to statement below to support campaign

to free Jean Montrevil from ICE detention and stop his deportation.

On the morning of December 30th, 2009, long time community leader and activist, Jean Montrevil, was detained for deportation to Haiti. A legal permanent resident since 1986 and father of four U.S. citizen children, Mr. Montrevil faces deportation for a 20-year old conviction. Mr.Montrevil was attending a regular check-in when he was detained by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

At this moment, when the debate on immigration reform is about the regain the spotlight, Jean’s case has become a catalyst for change. His case demonstrates why the system so desperately needs to be reformed. Jean is a man who came here from Haiti on a greencard in 1986, was convicted of a crime in 1989, served his time and has never been in trouble with the law again. Yet today, he faces permanent exile from his family.
(Click here to see info on Jean’s case and his family)


  • Many elected officials (Reps. Nadler, Valasquez, Serrano, NY City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, NY State Senator Tom Duane, NY State Assemblywoman Glick, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer) have all given their full support to Jean’s case and are privately and publicly advocating for him to remain with his family.
  • Yesterday, at a rally attended by over a hundred people outside the Varick Street Immigrant Detention Center in New York, eight clergy and two community leaders were arrested after stopping traffic for a half hour to prevent vans from transporting new immigrant detainees to the center. The participants called for Jean Montrevil’s release from detention and for reform of draconian immigration laws that cause separation of families.
    Click here to see info on rally
  • Since 11pm last night over 350 people have already signed a petition to ask their Congressional representatives to help keep Jean and his family together.
    Click here for info on the petition


In addition to the massive support that we have already gained for Mr. Montrevil, we are asking for organizations to sign on to the following statementof support for Mr. Montrevil:

We, the undersigned organizations, support the campaign to free human rights advocate and nationally renowned immigrant rights leader Jean Montrevil. We call upon Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to immediately release Mr. Montrevil from detention, grant him deferral of removal and return him to his family in Brooklyn. Mr. Montrevil entered the U.S. from Haiti in 1986 as a legal permanent resident. ICE is trying to de-legalize him for a 1989 drug conviction, for which he served 11 years. He has kept an exemplary record ever since. Mr. Montrevil is married to a U.S. citizen and has four U.S. citizen children who need him here to raise them and provide for their well being. In Mr. Montrevil’s case we recognize the struggles of millions of families who are ensnared in the devastating realities of a broken immigration system. We affirm the need for greater discretion in the immigration system that will keep families together. We will continue to fight for such reforms in the name of Mr. Montrevil and the millions like him across the nation until all families win justice.

To sign on, please contact Janis Rosheuvel with your name, organizational affiliation, and location, or call her at: 917-526-1136

On behalf of Families for Freedom (New York, NY)

-NNIRR Staff


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