In the Matter of Fuentes – International Human Rights – CCR Docket Fall 1990

Rosa Maribel Fuentes, a Salvadoran woman living in Washington, D.C., has long been active with the National Federation of Salvadoran Workers. CCR is assisting her in seeking political asylum because she is certain that if deported to El Salvador, she will be killed because of her union activities.

In El Salvador Fuentes and Carlos Francisco Maya lived and worked together as trade union activists. He was murdered in 1980 when the military abducted and slaughtered 21 workers in a notorious massacre. A year later, Fuentes was abducted by the military at gunpoint in the middle of the night. She was imprisoned without charges until an amnesty for political prisoners was declared in 1983. Her mother was mysteriously killed while en route ro the prison to visit her.

In June 1988 CCR, through cooperating attorney Michael Maggio, filed an application for asylum. The Deprutment of State issued an advisory opinion to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) indicating Fuentes’ political undesirability, and the INS has notified Fuentes of its intention to deny her asylum application.

Fuentes has joined as a plaintiff in American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh, another CCR case which challenges INS foreign policy toward Central American refugees.

Michael Ratner with cooperating attorney Michael Maggio; Phillip Williams