NYLPI Medical Providers Network Tells NY1 About Health Risks for Queens Resident in ICE Custody

March 12, 2021

Health Justice, Health in Immigration Detention, Immigrant Justice, News

NYLPI mobilized our Medical Providers Network last month to provide urgently needed medical advocacy supporting Edward Alonso Castillo’s request for release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Continued ICE confinement puts Mr. Castillo at high risk for serious health complications, possibly death, if infected by COVID-19, explained Dr. Katharine Lamperti and Katie DeWilde, MPN volunteers who worked on his case. Make the Road New York contacted NYLPI, seeking MPN support, and incorporated MPN advocacy to demand Mr. Castillo be released.  

Based on her review of Mr. Castillo’s medical history, Dr. Lamperti was alarmed that ICE and the immigration facility’s staff continuously withheld and denied Mr. Castillo adequate medical care, including necessary treatment for his underlying medical conditions. Dr. Lamperti joins Make the Road NY, NYLPI and other community groups and community members in demanding that ICE immediately release Mr. Castillo from immigration detention. 

“On January 28th, while on his way to work, Mr. Edward Alonso Castillo, a 48-year-old long-time Queens resident and co-owner of a family business in Long Island, was suddenly arrested by ICE,” stated our partners at Make the Road NY. “Mr. Castillo first came to the U.S. as a teenager and has lived in the United States for many years. He co-owns a successful business on Long Island, Babylon Bagel, with his partner, Rocio. During the height of the pandemic, Mr. Castillo and his partner donated food from their business to essential workers across Long Island, including hospitals. They also gave out free food on street corners in Queens to many immigrants who, like themselves, did not qualify for federal aid. Mr. Castillo should be home with his three U.S. born children, his partner Rocio and her U.S. citizen children – NOT in detention.” 

Read more about Mr. Castillo’s story here. In support of efforts to #FreeAlonso, please share Make the Road NY’s social medial campaign efforts and sign this petition today! 

Watch the NY1 News report featuring MPN volunteer Dr. Katharine Lamperti here. 

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