Juan Manuel* is a citizen of a Central American country who was recently granted political asylum in the U.S. He escaped violence and persecution for supporting democratic initiatives against the government. Juan Manuel was physically harmed, threatened, and almost killed after campaigning against the opposition.
For years, Juan Manuel* had supported democratic initiatives in his Central American country. As an activist, volunteer and democracy advocate, Juan Manuel trained individuals to work at electoral tables, mobilized people to rally for candidates, and participated in peaceful protests in support of the opposition. After the country’s controversial presidential election in December of 2017, Juan Manuel was viciously attacked in the street. A car intercepted him and his friend, and the officers from the vehicle, who wore ski masks and military uniforms, assaulted him and threatened to end his life. Luckily, after fighting and struggling, Juan Manuel was able to escape.
The threats and attacks happened again a few days later. This time, Juan Manual heard shots and barely dodged them as he ran among tear gas and chaos. He did not know where to turn, but with the support of his pastor and congressperson, Juan Manuel left his country in early 2018.