[In] September 2012, Jesus Navarro Parra was driving home after a long day at work when he was stopped by a police officer because his music was too loud. He was arrested for driving without a license; even though that is the only way he is able to get to and from work. Jesus is currently being held at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. Despite being a low-priority case, he is scheduled to be deported any day now.
Jesus came to the United States when he was 17 years old. During this time, he has proven to be a hard-working person who only wishes to contribute to this country and his community in Albany, Georgia. Jesus has a one year old U.S. citizen daughter who is suffering emotionally and misses her dad. If Jesus is deported, he will be separated from his family, friends, and a community who supports him.
According to the memo issued by John Morton, Jesus is a low priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Jesus has no criminal record and is an outstanding member of her community. Jesus’ only wish is to continue to give back to the country that has given so much to him and his family.
Moreno has been the victim of several travesties at the hands of government. While his girlfriend was the one who was actually asasulted and thus bears the vast majority of the resulting trauma herself, the secondary trauma of watching another person, especially one who you deeply care about, be sexually assaulted is also very real and not to be dismissed. While the impact that the assault undoubtedly had on Moreno is not the reason that the assault was wrong, it is one of the outcomes of it. After Moreno’s girlfriend faced the trauma of being sexually assaulted and Moreno faced the trauma of watching it happen, both then were subjected to false arrest by the assailant. And now, Moreno must undergo further victimization at the hands of a government that sees fit to deport him (and his girlfriend faces the secondary victimization of watching it happen while she deals with her own trauma from the assault).
This case is about how we treat sexual assault because Moreno’s girlfriend never should have been assaulted, and Moreno never should have had to call for help at all. As has been admitted, Marcus Jackson should have never been admitted to the police force, due to a history of giving women reason to fear him. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because most who are victims of sexual assault are too afraid to report it. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because fear of police and the (repeatedly proven to be!) reasonable belief that police officers will usually stand by each other before standing by justice means that police officers feel free to both commit sexual assault with impunity and use their state power as a means to hiding their crimes. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because apparently not even 911 operators can be expected to give a shit when such an assault is reported.