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Since Manuel is not a threat to anyone and has a tremendous amount of support from friends and family, we are petitioning to ask for his release to be expedited so that Manuel can be with his family, and continue serving his community.

Donate

Donations will be used to help Manuel’s family pay for his bond, legal expenses, and other financial burdens his family faces as a result of this ordeal.

Media Request

Requests for interviews have been received from a number of local and national media outlets and we are doing our best to accommodate. If you would like to schedule an interview please send a request and we will get back with you as quickly as possible.

Manuel Duran is a Memphis Latino journalist from El Salvador that has been working in radio and reporting the news in Spanish in the city of Memphis, TN for more than 10 years. Owner of Memphis Noticias, Manuel provides reporting on issues directly related to the Latino community in Memphis, being the only news outlet to report consistently on topics like crime, immigration, and city government.

On April 3, Manuel was doing his job broadcasting live at a peaceful demonstration held by several community organizations in front of the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center when he was singled out from a pool of journalist and arrested by Memphis Police.

Manuel was wearing his bright yellow press identification and was one of several journalists reporting on this action.

He was the only journalist arrested.

Although the charges would be later dropped entirely, the Shelby County Sheriff’s office decided to hold Manuel for two days and hand him over to immigration authorities once his case was dismissed. He is currently being held at LaSalle Detention Facility, a private immigration detention facility owned by the GEO Group in Jena, Louisiana.

Journalists doing their job should never be targeted by law enforcement. We need your help to fight this injustice.

Manuel’s family, along with several local and national organizations, are working to bring Manuel home where he can continue to serve his community.

Manuel’s Legal Defense Team:

Manuel is being represented by Latino Memphis and the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

Christina Swatzell

Christina Swatzell

Attorney,Latino Memphis

Co-Counsel
Jeremy Jong

Jeremy Jong

Attorney, SPLC

Co-Counsel
Manuel Duran is a Memphis Latino journalist from El Salvador that has been working in radio and reporting the news in Spanish in the city of Memphis, TN for more than 10 years. Owner of Memphis Noticias, Manuel provides reporting on issues directly related to the Latino community in Memphis, being the only news outlet to report consistently on topics like crime, immigration, and city government.

On April 3, Manuel was doing his job broadcasting live a peaceful demonstration held by several community organizations in front of the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center when he was arrested by the Memphis Police Department operative at the scene.

Manuel was wearing his bright yellow press identification and was one of several journalists reporting on this action.

He was the only journalist arrested.

Although the charges would be later dropped entirely, the Shelby County Sheriff’s office decided to hold Manuel for two days and hand him over to immigration authorities once his case was dismissed. He is currently being held at LaSalle Detention Facility, a private immigration detention facility owned by the GEO Group in Jena, Louisiana.

Journalists doing their job should never be targeted by law enforcement. We need your help to fight this injustice.

Manuel’s family, along with several local and national organizations, are working to bring Manuel home where he can continue to serve his community.

Sign the petition

Since Manuel is not a threat to anyone and has a tremendous amount of support from friends and family, we are petitioning to ask for his release to be expedited so that Manuel can be with his family, and continue serving his community.

Donate

Donations will be used to help Manuel’s family pay for his bond, legal expenses, and other financial burdens his family faces as a result of this ordeal.

Media Request

Requests for interviews have been received from a number of local and national media outlets and we are doing our best to accommodate. If you would like to schedule an interview please send a request and we will get back with you as quickly as possible.

Manuel’s Legal Team:

Manuel is being represented by Latino Memphis and the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

Christina Swatzell

Christina Swatzell

Attorney,Latino Memphis

Co-Counsel
Jeremy Jong

Jeremy Jong

Attorney, SPLC

Co-Counsel

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