Email Gov. Kathy Hochul: #KeepShakoureHome—Grant Shakoure clemency now

In February 2021, Pascal Shakoure Charpentier was released from Bergen County Jail where he spent 219 days under threat of deportation to a country in which he has never lived. Our collective community effort to pressure ICE worked, and ICE released Shakoure.

Now, in 2023, Shakoure needs our help again as DHS has begun imminent deportation proceedings against Shakoure.

Shakoure has applied for a pardon which is now pending at New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. A pardon will end Shakoure’s removal proceedings and keep him home with his family and community. His application has the support of friends, family and community members, professors, and faith leaders who have been personally inspired by Shakoure's story and leadership.

Shakoure's community wants him home but only Gov. Hochul has the power to end Shakoure and his family’s suffering by granting him a pardon.

Let's ensure Shakoure stays home for the holidays—and for good.

Email Gov. Hochul and the Executive Clemency Bureau to demand clemency for Shakoure NOW.  It's up to use to ensure we #KeepShakoureHome.


Read Shakoure's full story below:

On July 6th, 2020, ICE officers showed up at Pascal Shakoure Charpentier’s door and arrested him. Despite being a U.S. citizen born on a U.S. Army base, he was been imprisoned by ICE because of a former conviction.

Shakoure is a Black Muslim youth mentor, business owner, friend, son, and brother from Queens. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently willfully withholding vital documents about Shakoure's U.S. citizenship from the court that could set him free.

Shakoure was detained as a result of Trump's "Enhancing Public Safety" Executive Order, which expands the priority list of people subject to deportation to include anyone who has ever “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense.” [1]

Shakoure's case illustrates the compounding effects of anti-Blackness, Islamophobia, and xenophobia in our carceral system. The felony that triggered Shakoure’s arrest is more than 30 years old and he has already served 24.5 years of prison time for it. DHS's withholding of documents that could prove Shakoure's citizenship highlight yet again that ICE's motivations aren't rooted in much more than anti-Black Islamophobia.

If Gov. Hochul grants Shakoure clemency, Shakoure can resume building his life after incarceration without the threat of being torn from his family’s arms. His fiancée and her two children will rest easy knowing that ICE officers will not invade their home and take their loved ones again. NY Governors have previously issued clemency to stop this type of double punishment before. We ask that they do it again so we can #KeepShakoureHome.


1. Trump’s Immigration Executive Order Is A Blueprint For Mass Deportation, HuffPost,  Jan 27, 2017
2. '"A Ticking Time Bomb': Advocates Warn COVID-19 Is Spreading Rapidly Behind Bars," NPR, 28 April, 2020

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