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Named a Wisconsin Writers Award Honorable Mention What is it like to be a young mother threatened with deportation to the country whose government has imprisoned you and whose soldiers have raped and tortured you? You don’t want to leave your children behind, but how can you take them with you, knowing that your homeland, ruled by chaos and violence, is notorious for murdNamed a Wisconsin Writers Award Honorable Mention What is it like to be a young mother threatened with deportation to the country whose government has imprisoned you and whose soldiers have raped and tortured you? You don’t want to leave your children behind, but how can you take them with you, knowing that your homeland, ruled by chaos and violence, is notorious for murdering failed asylum seekers?Regina Bakala found herself in just this situation ten years after escaping the Congo and settling in the United States. Upon arrival, Regina had worked with an immigration lawyer, then joyfully reunited with her husband, also a Congolese torture survivor, and had two children. Life was challenging but full of hope until the night there was a knock at the door and immigration agents burst in. They forced Regina from her home as her family watched, then locked her in prison to await deportation to certain death.In Rescuing Regina, author Josephe Marie Flynn tells Regina’s powerful story—and how her husband, a pit-bull lawyer, a group of volunteers, and a feisty nun set aside political differences to galvanize a movement to save her. Revealing what she uncovered about US immigration policies and the dangers faced by those escaping war crimes, Flynn exposes an America most never see: a vast underbelly of injustice, a harsh detention and deportation system, and a frighteningly arbitrary asylum process. In their battle for justice, Regina and Josephe not only confronted dangerous obstacles but also reawakened emotions and traumas from the past. A compelling story of a quest for justice, Rescuing Regina is also a tale of friendship, faith, hope, and the transformative journey of two friends....

Title : Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death
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ISBN : 9781569766248
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-03-08 06:37

    I grew up at St. Mary's in Hales Corners, WI, and the battle Sr. Josephe and the parish community waged to save Regina was one of my first tangible real world lessons in justice, community organizing, advocacy, and the crazy world of US policy on asylees and immigrants. It is a gift years later to get to relive some of the joys and sorrows of that time and to delve into the details Sr. Josephe testifies to in her writing. The book is a great educator on the political struggle in the Congo in the 1980s and 90s and the experiences of Regina and David as asylees coming to the United States. In reading the book I was flooded with awe at their trauma and courage, and I was inspired once again by Sr. Josephe's willingness to enter into the unknown full of faith and unwavering energy toward saving Regina from deportation. The book does a great job of detailing so many of the complications and injustices within the US asylum system. Personal connections and lived experience made this book special for me, but I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in asylum issues.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-19 07:49

    I could hardly put this one down--one of the best books I've read this year. Unless you are made of stone, however, I guarantee this one will make blood boil. I am heartsick at what our immigration system has become and the damage we, the "Give me your tired, your poor" people, choose to inflict on those who believe our reputation and want to come here. Perhaps we ought to change the poem on the Statue of Liberty to read "Give me your tired, your poor, your women raped for political purposes, and we will screw up their paperwork, tell them they are liars, rip them from their homes in their pajamas while terrifying their children, and threaten for months to send them to their deaths, all for missing a paperwork notification." It'd be more honest.

  • Trisha
    2019-03-02 10:21

    A must read.Fight the impossible.

  • Julie
    2019-03-04 09:46

    Beginning with an account of the arrest of a mother of two, in front of her children, this book recounts the progress (or lack thereof) of an asylum-seeker through the U.S. immigration system post-9/11. What happened to “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” I wondered over and over again as Regina—who had just barely escaped her native Congo with her life—is treated like a common criminal. Along the way she is chained, scared witless, given totally inadequate legal representation, tricked into acting against her own best interests, and called a liar by those who should be trying to understand and help her. By telling the story of one woman’s struggle, the author illuminates a secret legal system that will never be the subject of a prime time TV show, a system created to keep out immigrants by a government that seems to be afraid of all the wrong people. Thankfully, this true story also shows what a community of caring individuals can achieve if their eyes can be opened to the injustices around them.

  • Kathyg
    2019-03-13 10:40

    Definitely the best book I have read this month-read it in 3 days. A true story. Regina escapes to America from the Congo after being raped by soldiers two different times. Her asylum seeking evolves into lengthy complex legal battle b/c she has PTSD, uninterested/or too busy lawyers, no English, cultural differences concerning marriage and birthdays, and a tough immigration judge. Fortunately, she eventually ends up Hales Corner, Wisconsin along with her husband-also an asylum seeker--and their two children. The family is befriended by the St. Mary's parish and Sister Josephe. Can't imagine law enforcers coming into my home and dragging me out with just my pajamas on and taking me to jail w/o even a coat when it is cold outside. The faith of all involved is inspiring. I won't say more, so I don't spoil it for you. If you liked Three Cups of Tea you will enjoy this story also. I especially appreciate how the author Sister Josephe supports the story with data and cited sources.

  • Dee Halzack
    2019-02-22 09:32

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about our broken immigration system, which is even more broken than I realized. You will be astounded at how many asylum-seeking victims of trauma actually end up in interminable detention simply because trauma victims often can't present themselves very well; the very things they've been through make it hard for them to speak and to speak about their trauma creates more trauma by forcing them to relive it all over again; and their inability to speak well and their confusion about details causes some who review their cases to treat them as liars.This story is also one of great faith and love and what can be accomplished by those things in the face of overwhelming odds.Catholic, Christian, or not, if you like people, you will be moved by this story.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-03 11:32

    I read this book for the class I'm taking next week and I was surprised when I started reading. I had no idea it was about a family who attends St Mary's Hales Corners. It was my parish growing up and where I was married. Rescuing Regina kept me interested and I found myself rooting for Regina and her family. Sister Flynn and the parishioners of St Mary's are amazing!!

  • Jerry Zurek
    2019-03-16 04:21

    Reading Rescuing Regina a second time, in anticipation of the author's visit. Couldn't put it down the first time. How one woman, having been gang raped in the Congo, could then be trapped in the US ICE system as she seeks asylum in the US. Thank God for Sister Josephe and the many friends who rallied to rescue her.

  • Nancy Jurss
    2019-03-14 05:42

    An inspiring book about a woman from the Congo and her fight to remain in this country instead of going back to certain torture and death. The author is the nun who helped her navigate the system in order to doing so.

  • Hélène
    2019-02-24 10:42

    What an excellent book! Very emotional. Very inspiring. Sister Josephe Maria Flynn is a heroine. She gives all the credit to Regina and David but she is tirelessly advocating for victims of torture and injustice. I highly recommend that our politicians and government officials read this book.

  • Denise
    2019-03-09 03:50

    Sounds like a good NF follow up to reading Little Bee.

  • Lori
    2019-03-07 08:41

    After reading this it makes me want to get into a career helping immigrants! Heavy on prayer/god. But what ever helps get people though.....

  • Laura
    2019-03-09 06:37

    Read for professional review.

  • Reece Nelson
    2019-03-07 03:40

    A deep and important story.