Delgado* is a Honduran, 33-year old man who originally came to the United States for economic opportunity. However, he has since developed schizophrenia and suffers from delusions, the expression of which puts him at great risk of persecution in Honduras. He believes a virus has entered his brain from his phone, causing him to feel currents of energy in his body and act unusually, and he shares this information with others when asked as if it were the unshakable truth. A medical scan while he was detained shows there is no foreign object in his brain or neck where he indicates that he believes there is a chip. His mental illness has caused him job and relational instability. He has applied for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection under the Convention Against Torture.
Delgado’s delusions are partly sexual in nature and appear to have begun when he watched pornography on his phone. None of this pornography involved children and he has never been accused of any sex offenses.
Due to contractual restrictions, CAIR Coalition will not be able to provide pro bono mentoring on this case. It is therefore particularly important that the attorney taking on the matter be comfortable and have experience in working with the mentally ill and in immigration court.
- Timeline: Delgado has an Individual hearing scheduled on February 2, 2022.
- Location: Fairfax County, VA (not detained)
- Language: Spanish - will need a Spanish-speaking pro bono team member or a translator.
For more information about this case, please contact Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney Jennifer Grishkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-866-9287.
*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy