Joseph Bukombe, a San Diegan man has been in detention for two years because his attorney was unable to prove to the court that Joseph was a gay man and by returning to his native Uganda, it would endanger his life. Even though Joseph’s story attracted publicity and a petition organized by his friend Hector Martinez and some other legal advisors, Joseph is a tragic local reminder of how broken our current asylum system really is. The good news is that we can have Joseph released from detention of we can raise $10,000 for his bail and allow him a fair trial that will incur additional legal costs.
The St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation is a San Diegan based non profit agency concerned with LGBT globally equality and has been supporting the work of Christopher Senyonjo this past year. We are also sponsoring a young transgender Ugandan who was abducted and tortured before being granted asylum. Any funds raised that are returned or left over from Joseph's bail and legal fees will be used to support this second victim of Uganda's horrific anti-gay laws. You can read more about this at: blog.stpaulsfoundation.com