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September 26, 2019

Testimony of Blanche Engochan before the Congressional Hearing on “the Expansion and Troubling Use of ICE Detention”

I didn’t want to leave Cameroon. It was my home. And it was home to the people I loved. Like all refugees, I was forced to leave.

I decided to come to the United States. It was the obvious choice. The United States was a powerful country that would protect me. Since I was a child, I knew America welcomed people from all over the world. It would be a hard journey, but at the end of it I would, I assumed, find some safety and peace.

I never imagined that I would be placed in chains, or locked up in a crowded detention center with other traumatized women.

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