Last week, I wrote about Nan-Hui Jo’s case. A survivor of years of domestic violence at the hands of her former partner which included both physical and emotional abuse, Nan-Hui Jo escaped with her daughter Hwi to South Korea after her American work visa expired. After six years, Jo applied for a travel visa to allow her American-born child travel to the United States to tour schools while Jo’s own permanent resident application was pending.
However, Jo’s former partner, Jesse Charlton, had filed child abduction charges against Jo, and when Jo arrived in America, she was arrested. After her first trial ended in a hung jury, Jo was retried last month with additional threats of deportation added by ICE while Jo’s former partner was awarded full custody of their child.
Jo’s case ignited Asian American and domestic violence advocates through social media. A Twitterstorm held last Wednesday garnered numerous tweets through the hashtags #StandWithNanHui and #WeSurvived. Numerous activists also changed their social media profile pictures in solidarity with Nan-Hui Jo, and NBC News covered the story. Members of Korean American Coalitio to End Domestic Abuse (KACEDA) organized court watches, and maintained updates from the trial.
With both sides resting their cases, the jury in Jo’s trial deliberated over the weekend to decide Jo’s fate.
A few minutes ago, members of KACEDA notified social media that a unanimous guilty verdict was returned.
Although the community was afraid that ICE would immediately arrest Nan-Hui Jo to begin deportation procedures following a guilty verdict, Jo’s judge has instead chosen to delay sentencing. From Facebook,
Nan-Hui Jo’s advocates are continuing to ask the community to apply pressure to ICE by calling (415) 744-1530 or tweeting @wwwicegov and asking them to drop the deportation of Nan-Hui Jo.
Update II: Supporters are asking that you take a minute to do the following:
Update III: Supporters are being asked to attend a rally on Thursday, March 5 10am-11am PST at 33 New Montgomery St. (please see Facebook event for more details).
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