Sam has friends, housing, and job prospects waiting for him in the US. He fled Iraq in 2014 after he and his family were threatened because of his work as an interpreter with the US Army during the Iraq War. The US promised him refuge but now they won’t let him in. He is stranded in Egypt and at risk of being sent back to danger in Iraq.

Seeking safety is a human right. Will you tell the Trump administration to keep its promise to help Sam and his family?

Urgent: Help Iraqi refugee in danger

Sam's story

Sam has friends, housing, and job prospects waiting for him, but the United States won’t allow him to come home.

Four years ago, Sam* fled his home in Iraq for fear of being killed for his work as an interpreter with the US Army.

Sam went to Egypt, where he applied for resettlement in the US through a special programme that helps Iraqis who worked with the US government.

The US government approved Sam’s application in December 2016.

Almost a year later, after Sam completed all the necessary paperwork, security checks and cultural orientation, he received the good news he was hoping for: he was told to get ready to travel to the US.

Sam had his bags packed for a new life where he had a home, a sponsor and a community standing by to welcome him.

The Refugee Ban

Shortly after Sam received this good news, President Trump issued the latest version of his 'Refugee Ban’ - an executive order stopping refugee admissions from 11 countries, including Iraq, for 90 days.

Even after the refugee ban expired in 2018, the number of refugees being resettled from those countries has practically ground to a halt.

The ban is cruel, inhumane, and violates international law.

Even though Sam was accepted for resettlement, he is now stuck in limbo with no idea when, if ever, he’ll be able to go to the US.

Separated from his family and unable to work, any further delay could put Sam and his family in danger and at risk of death.

Act now: tell the US to keep its promise and let Sam come home.

* Name has been changed to protect his identity.

Your voice counts

Sara Beltran Hernandez is a mother of two from El Salvador. Back in El Salvador, Sara says she suffered serious physical and psychological domestic violence, and was sexually abused.

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Sara Beltran Hernandez

She also received death threats from gang members who are believed to have killed people in the past. Sara fled to the USA to seek asylum with her family.

Sara should have been treated with compassion. Instead, the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) detained Sara for 15 months.

In February 2017, Sara collapsed and was transferred to a hospital, where she discovered she had a brain tumour. Sara’s lawyer and family were denied access and information about her condition for several days.

People power works

More than 20,000 of you took action to flood the authorities with emails asking for Sara to be freed.

Thousands of Amnesty supporters in the USA also demanded her release – even shutting down three ICE phone lines. And it worked.

Sara walked free after more than 400 days in detention, after thousands of people raised their voices.

Your actions really can make a difference - sign the petition and call for the US to keep its promise to Sam.