A DREAMactivist.org petition is urging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to immediately release and end deportation proceedings for a 27-year-old HIV-positive DREAMer that was held in a Florida detention center without medical care. According to the petition, Wasington Coelho Ribero went in to the Krome Detention Center with a “healthy viral load count” but his health deteriorated after he was denied medical care for four months.
“When he entered Krome, his viral load count was good and he was healthy,” the petition explains. “On October 4th, however, Wasington was transferred to a hospital and told that his viral load count had increased to the point that he needed to go on ‘the cocktail,’ a potent regiment of medicines reserved for HIV+ individuals whose health is deteriorating.”
Activists are urging Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano to immediately stop Ribero’s deportation because they claim he is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligible DREAMer, a low-priority for deportation, and because he will
continue to suffer if he is not released.
A few weeks ago, a friend and fellow organizer brought to my attention the case of Wasington Coelho Ribero, a 27-year-old Brazilian immigrant who is a gay man living with HIV in a detention facility in Miami. This young man arrived in the U.S. when he was only 12 years old. He was the victim of an uncle back in Brazil who had molested him from age 10 to age 12. Since he arrived at Krome Detention Center four months ago, his health has declined significantly. He went from a healthy viral load count to what witnesses to his health condition are calling “falling apart due to medical neglect.”
Now Wasington is in a detention center without the proper care for his medical condition, and his condition is worsening. According to a petition calling on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton to release him immediately, he has developed sores on his feet and white spots on his entire body.
Senator Marco Rubio and Sen. Bill Nelson are also listed among several other Florida elected officials on the Dreamactivist.org petition.