News: Kat Stacks Supporters Unite: "She Was Kidnapped & Forced Into Sex Trafficking"
Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 4:50PM
After reaching the two-year anniversary since getting incarcerated, fans of Internet sensation Kat Stacks have united in hopes of having the ex-rap groupie freed.
A new group identified as "Dream Activist" have put out their message to help get people interested in taking action.
Andrea Herrera "Kat Stacks" is a Venzuelan DREAMer; she came to the United States at the age of 8. When she was 14 Andrea was kidnapped and forced into sex trafficking, as a minor. Now, despite being a victim, ICE is refusing to release her from an immigration detention center in Lousiana. When she was 19 Andrea was finally able to reunite with her family; to cope with it all she started the persona "Kat Stacks". Kat used this persona to connect with other victims as well as connecting with artists. These artists have even used Kat Stacks in their lyrics. An immigration judge however ruled that her online persona is reason enough to deport this DREAMer and victim! Monday, November 5th marks Kat Stacks 2nd year in detention! (Dream Activist)
The non-profit site also lists various ways Stacks fans can make a difference.
Take Action: FREE Kat Stacks Call ICE @ 202-732-3000 "Hi, I am calling to urge ICE to release Andrea Herrera (A#077-012-275) from LaSalle Detention Facility. She is a DREAMer, the mother of a 3-year old, and the survivor of sex trafficking as a minor. I don't understand why she has not been released." Send a Tweet: .@wwwicegov @BarackObama Let #DreamAct & #SexTrafficking victim @AdmireAndrea go! #FreeKatStacks bit.ly/freekat @TheNiya (Dream Activist)
In August, Kat's mother publicly requested the help of President Barack Obama.
Kat Stacks, who was born Andrea Herrera, grew up in Aventura, but came to the U.S. at the age of 8. She claims she was the victim of sex trafficking, and was busted on a prostitution charge in New York. Her lawyer is appealing the judge's decisions, and her mother, Johnyelsi Cardenas, is fighting to get her daughter a green card and citizenship. She also has custody of Herrera's 2-year-old son. Her mother wants the Obama administration to help defer the deportation for two years while everyone around Herrera attempts to legitimize her. She may have pissed too many people off at this point, but good luck on that mission. (Complex)
Numerous times Kat has claimed to be a victim of underage sex crimes.
"The laws are supposed to protect victims like me from all the underage stuff that happened because all my charges were when I was underage, and I was under the influence of a pimp," she said in a phone call on the website. Immigration Judge Jerry Beatmann Sr. ruled in Louisiana, however, that "her conduct was in no way indicative of someone who wants to help others, make positive changes, or be a role model." The judge said that it's not in the country's best interest to adjust Herrera's immigration status, and thus denied her an adjustment. Immigration attorney Jose Guerrero said it was a fair decision. (NBC Miami)