Ny Nourn was born in a refugee camp after her mother fled the violence of genocide and US bombs in Cambodia. Ny was only five years old when she came as a refugee. When she was a high school junior, Ny entered into an abusive relationship with a man she met on the Internet. He was nearly twice her age. Just weeks after Ny turned 18, her abuser murdered the boss at her after school job in fit of jealousy. Over the next years, Ny’s life was filled with more beatings, rapes, and attempts to kill her than she can remember.
When Ny finally escaped and went to police to report the abuse and murder, police arrested her and charged her with aiding and abetting murder for having failed to intervene. A judge sentenced Ny to life in prison. After spending 16 years in prison, Ny was finally granted parole earlier this year.
Before she could take a breath of freedom, ICE agents handcuffed her outside the prison and took her to a county jail pending deportation to Cambodia. Ny’s community rallied behind her sending her hundreds of letters and packing the courtroom at her deportation hearing. In September, a judge granted Ny protection from deportation and ruled that she could not be deported to Cambodia. Still, ICE has refused to release her and plans to appeal the decision.
This system has inflicted enough punishment on Ny. TELL ICE TO FREE NY NOW!
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