Pastor Steven Tendo arrived in the USA on 20 December 2018 to ask for asylum after fleeing persecution and torture in Uganda. While in detention for over two years, Pastor Steven’s health severely deteriorated. For an extended period, his diabetes was left untreated, and he lost vision in one eye and much of it in his other eye. Due to collective pressure, Pastor Steven was able to finally receive the medical care he urgently needed: he started to receive more appropriate medical care for his diabetes and other health conditions, and medical care for his eyes, which thankfully was able to reverse a lot of the vision loss. He can read now with glasses.
In September, Amnesty helped stop his imminent deportation. And now, due to sustained global advocacy and activism, a new administration in the USA finally released Pastor Steven Tendo. Our work to free Pastor Steven is a crucial part of Amnesty USA’s priority 100 Days campaign to convince President Biden to free people – including all the families – from detention. Freeing people from detention is a first step in resetting the immigration detention system in the USA.
Please continue to take and share AIUSA’s campaign’s online action to President Biden, as well as other actions on their 100 days campaigning landing page: www.amnestyusa.org/100days.