In the Matter of Fuentes – International Human Rights and Solidarity – CCR Docket 1988-1989

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

Fuentes lived in El Salvador until 1983, where she was active in trade unions with Carlos Francisco Maya , the man with whom she lived. In 1980 Maya was one of 21 workers from the area abducted and killed by the  military in  a notorious massacre. One year later, Fuentes was abducted by the military at gunpoint in middle of the night. She was imprisoned without charges until an amnesty for political prisoners was declared in 1983. While in prison she was repeatedly beaten, tortured, and interrogated . Her mother was mysteriously killed while en route to the prison to visit her.

In June 1988 the CCR, through cooperating attorney, Michael Maggio, filed an application for asylum.

Michael Ratner , with CCR cooperating attorney Michael Maggio; Phillip Williams