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Ended Nov 18, 2016
Wilhen Hill-Barrientos is a 21-year-old Guatemalan man that has been in detention for 1 year and 4 months. He came to this country with his then 16-year-old sister to escape violence and death. Wilhen's asylum has been denied. Wilhen still has hope.

My name is Cindy Barrientos I am the mother of 4 beautiful children: Wilhen, Wilser, Wilmer and Ceilin. I came to this country 11 years ago to provide them a better life. I have been separated from them for 9 years. Violence in our hometown in Guatemala has been growing of the last couple of years. Wilser and Wilmer came to this country first because their life was in danger. Ceilin and my oldest son, Wilhen decided to stay they thought that they could make it out there, but things only got worse in our hometown. Ceilin and Wilhen came to the U.S. July 2015 because they feared for their lives. On Ceilin’s 15th birthday there was a drive by shooting. When they got to the U.S. border they turned themselves in to CBP and told them that they feared for their lives. My daughter Ceilin was only 16 years old so she was sent to me, but my son Wilhen was detained and has remained in detention since that time.

My three youngest children: Wilser, Wilmer and Ceilin have been granted asylum. Wilhen’s asylum was denied on November 2, 2016. It has been a long and devastating journey. My son has gone through many things in detention and sometimes I fear for his life, but we are stuck because if he is sent back to our home country he will be killed. In the last couple of weeks there have been 8 deaths in our block, what can my son expect?

We have been extremely vocal about his case because we have done everything in our power to try to get him out of detention through bond, but we have been denied 3 times. I have traveled to Washington, D.C. and have spoken directly to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and begged him to release my son. His case is public people in Guatemala have called us, so although we have gone public to get him out, it also puts him at risk in case he were to be deported. I cannot let that happen. Wilhen is a fighter, I am a fighter and we are not going to give up on his case.

I am humbly asking for your help to raise enough money to hire an expert attorney that specializes in asylum law. We have gone through all of our money. My children and I are willing to work day in night to get enough money, but we are afraid that we will not get it in time. The new attorney is going to take the case on December 6th, 2016.

Thank you so much for your help.

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