Dede’s Victory!

Unified StruggleDede came to the US as a refugee from Ethiopia. She received a criminal conviction when she was 19 and had been facing deportation since 2006. In March 2013, after 7 years of fighting the deportation, Dede, her family, and her community had a HUGE VICTORY! She will not be deported and has the opportunity to apply for her green card! 

A film directed by Christy X and Guerrilla Films is premiering December 6th, 2013 documenting Dede and her community’s struggle to stop her deportation. More information on the screening and film can be found HERE.

Dede’s Story: 

Dede G. A. was born in Ethiopia. In 1985, when she was three years old, she was taken to Sudan with a relative to flee from the war in Ethiopia. They lived in Sudan as refugees until they were able to enter the U.S. She just had turned 10 years old when they were brought to Seattle, WA. Dede found new family at 12 when she was placed in foster care in the Central District and remains close to her foster mother.

  • She doesn’t know anyone in Ethiopia, has no family there, no memory of it and doesn’t speak the language.
  • She has a husband and three children aged 3, 5 and 7 and a foster mother and family, all of whom she would have been separated from.
  • She tirelessly dedicates her time to volunteering and supporting numerous community projects and groups including Harborview Medical Center, the Village of Hope and the Black Prisoners Caucus.

She had received a huge outpouring of community support to prevent her deportation and the judge ruled in her favor. Due to Dede’s commitment and involvement with her community she was pardoned by Gov. Gregoire in 2011. Despite this the federal Board of Immigration has consistently tried to deport Dede and reopened her case in November 2012. Due to the complications with her case she had not been allowed to work for 2 years putting heavy strain on her family. In March of 2013, after going before the  9th Court of Appeals and the Board of Immigration, the judge issued her an order allowing her to remain in the U.S.

Dede’s story is one of many.  Stop all deportations!

Another video made on Dede’s story can be viewed here:


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