COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fear of being forced into slavery led many Mauritanians to flee their country and make central Ohio their home. But now approximately 200 Mauritanians are in grave risk of being deported back to their country since president Trump implemented his plan for deportations.
Immigration Attorney and Advocate for the Mauritanian deportees says, “this is really an egregious human rights violation to deport Africans into the slave trade” adding “their country, Mauritania, most people haven’t even heard of it had the highest of rate of slavery in the entire world.”
Nemecek tried to get the deportation proceedings halted in court, but her request was denied. Now the 25 people detained in jail could be sent back to Mauritania any day now. And the rest of the Mauritanian community thinks they may be next.
“ICE is like a bully that’s hiding in the bushes and going to grab you and jump out at any time," Nemecek said.
She is tirelessly working pro-bono to help them because she sees what an incredible community of people make up the Mauritanian residents of Central Ohio.
“I don’t think any human being knowing this situation and knowing this group of people could walk away from.”