The Mother of Jakadrien Turner, the Oak Cliff Teen Deported to Colombia, is Suing the Feds

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Jakadrien Turner (center) at DFW airport after returning from Colombia in January.
It was unusual when Jakadrien Turner's grades in high school began to falter after the death of her grandfather nearly two years ago. She was typically a good student and didn't look for trouble. But after her grandfather's death, she began acting out, according to legal documents, and in this period of misbehavior, she was lured from her home by a man who put her on a Greyhound bus to Houston. There, she was forced to both take and sell drugs.

That was hardly the worst of what would spiral into a seven-month saga in Colombia, South America, where the Oak Cliff 15-year-old was wrongfully deported from Houston under a fake identity. A lawsuit filed Monday by her mother alleges that the federal government violated her constitutional rights and names officials including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The suit outlines the narrative of her months away from home, providing little detail but much more than has been previously revealed.

Left without much recourse when she ran away, Jakadrien's mother, Johnisa Turner, reported her disappearance to police and listed her on the National Child Runaway list. Far from home, Jakadrien was physically and sexually abused, and made to "put herself at risk" with men twice her age.

In Houston, Jakadrien ran away from her captor, trying to find a way back to Dallas and worrying that her family would blame her if she was arrested. She dreaded her mother's anger and was consumed by guilt for what she had done, but she had to get home.

She needed money. At 14, she couldn't get a job, so she took to shoplifting. She was arrested in April of last year at a Houston mall. The arrest would make her situation intensely more complicated.

She feared law enforcement would somehow know about the drugs and the sex. They might even know her name. So she gave them a fake -- Tika Cortez, who happened to be a real person, a 22-year-old Columbian national, flagged by immigration officials. Jakadrien was arrested and went to court under her new name. She plead guilty, under the impression that the matter would quickly pass.

It did not. A week after her arrest, she faced a removal proceeding by ICE in Houston. She spoke no Spanish, knew nothing about the place Tika Cortez was from, yet remained in ICE custody for a month.

It's at this point that the lawsuit alleges Jakadrien's civil rights were violated when ICE failed to verify her identity, talk with family members, or double-check in any significant way that they had the right girl. Strikingly, the filings allege, "She told several ICE officials her real name and that she was from Dallas, Texas but ICE officials did not believe her."

Then, almost exactly one year ago, Jakadrien was shackled and transported in a van with other deportees and put on a plane to Bogota, Columbia. She knew no one there.

A stranger noticed her crying then realized she didn't speak the language. He guided her to Welcome Home, a government agency that helped her find shelter. She worked at a call center to pay for room and board. But she was removed from the home when her condition changed.

In September of last year, she became pregnant by a 29-year-old man. Her baby is due in July, her grandmother, Lorene Turner, told Unfair Park. Now, her grandmother prays that Jakadrien can find some sense of peace and normalcy, though she knows things will never again be fully normal. Lorene was critical in bringing her granddaughter back. She tracked her every move on Facebook, looking for hints at her whereabouts and whether she looked like she was happy or hurting.

In December, she realized Jakadrien was likely in Columbia, and contacted police. Media took hold of the story, and it wasn't long before Jakadrien walked through the international arrivals chute at DFW, accompanied by her grandmother, mother, and lawyers. She appeared exhausted but relieved as she walked to a waiting car; a slight baby bump was visible, and she was toting a book: What to Expect When You're Expecting.

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Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Deport this whole family. Instead we will be paying to support all of them and the alleged rapist can get a visa to come here and sell coke thanks to his anchor baby.

MattL1
MattL1

It's not an "anchor baby." The mother is an American citizen. 

trudat
trudat

It's possible to believe that a 15 year old girl could lose her way in life and start doing any number of things.  What I cannot understand is how ICE - with all the billions of dollars of tax money that it gets every year could not or did not find out that she was not the Tika Cortez that she claimed to be...

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

*shaking head*

Poor, unborn child. What a start in life.

 

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

Apparently, the goose isn't laying eggs fast enough to suit the Turners.

guest
guest

Sometimes one needs to pay for their own mistakes.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

OK, so the 15 yo runs away to meet up with some dude (from Fbook probably)..doesn't work out..she then steals stuff..then gets caught by ICE..then lies about her name..then gets deported...then gets knocked up.. Never calls home but continues to update her Fbook, and now my taxes are gonna go up. 

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

[ICE agent to Jakadrien] Como te llamas? [Jakadrien to ICE agent] What?

[ICE agent to superior] Capt. I think she might not be Colombian. Why? Because she doesn't know spanish. Interesting....

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

And when Jakadrien doesn't pass the STAAR test (written by the Pearson Company) or the ACP (written by someone's relatives at DISD), a DISD teacher will rec'v a low CEI (an evaluation tool used only by DISD).  The teacher will be punished.

Because if you dare to teach in certain areas of DISD and you get 1 too many Jakadriens, the fault for failure is yours. 

Please remember this the next time you hear about crappy DISD teachers from the DISD administration.

Guest
Guest

It isn't the CEI scores that convinces me that there are crappy DISD teachers.  It's your posts.  Teachers with nothing but bitterness and hate flowing through their veins are incapable of being good teachers, no matter how legitimate their gripes. 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Yes, we are saints, unable to have any feelings but love and devotion for anyone. Get a grip and get a life. There is not hate or bitterness above, but absolute truth, posted with irony. Maybe you missed that class in high school? ---Oh, wait, was that bitter, hateful?

The point being made is factual. NO MATTER THE PROBLEMS THESE KIDS FACE, we are held personally and professionally responsible for their test scores. Because that is all the tests show---one black girl scored this much, while another of "similar" variables, such as zip code, or economic status, scored higher. You have first girl,then you suck. There is not sub-category on  TAKS for, "runaway who is shipped to South America."

When teachers are off the clock, we have the same First Amendment you do. And some of us perform miracles with kids you probably won't let your kids hang with, right?

RTGolden
RTGolden

Either way, whether by judicial award or welfare rolls, we'll all be supporting this girl, her unborn child, and probably her mother for the rest of their lives anyway.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Of course,  no phones in Houston, so shoplift her way home.No phones in Colombia, so get a job as a telemarketer.

I hope the judge tosses the suit and fines mom for filing a frivolous suit.This kid is well on her way to a life of fuckedupness.

Guest
Guest

"No phones in Colombia, so get a job as a telemarketer."

Awesome. 

Bubbabgood2u
Bubbabgood2u

I see the ambulance chasers have been in touch with Mom and now the legal suits start to fly.

MattL1
MattL1

Did they not consider it odd that a native Colombian didn't speak a lick of Spanish? 

It's forgivable for a confused, distraught 15 year old to do stupid things. What's the ICE's excuse?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

a) she lied once to the authorities about her identity

b) how do you prove someone CAN'T speak a language?

MattL1
MattL1

It's not that difficult. 

Man, we're talking about a 14 year old girl who made some mistakes. You people are really fucking mean.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Hey, mom--consider yourself lucky her stupid ass made it back. There's your reward--you and your daughter lucked out of a situation she put her own lying self in. Write a book about it, but it's not the government's fault she's a moron.

Jay
Jay

Once upon a time, when a story involved a notorious lawsuit, the Observer would publish the pleadings along with the story. I always enjoyed reading the myopic account of the facts, and of the indignation, tragedy and devastating harm caused by the "outrageous conduct" of the defendants. And of course, I appreciated that the pleading identified the lawyer or law firm bring the suit.  Any idea just who is representing this young world traveler and her suddenly concerned family?

Did the family consider suing the man young Jakadrien ran off with to Houston, or the pimps and pushers she ended up with once she arrived there? Any thought of suing her baby-daddy or filing criminal charges against him? Of course not........I wonder if young Jakadrien has a publicist or business manager yet?

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Agreed. It's sad that she ended up exploited and sexually abused, and those people should be held responsible for their actions. But she got herself deported by lying repeatedly, and this is an attempt to make the government pay for the consequences of her actions.

NewsHound
NewsHound

I read the complaint. One of the reasons it brought forth on why ICE was to blame is because the girl does not look Colombian.

Funny, because 14% of the Colombian population is of African/European mixed ancestry.

Fletch
Fletch

Well knock me over with a feather.  I sure didn't see this coming.

Good luck suing the government.  That works well for most people.

Noemi668
Noemi668

If we can't trust the writer to spell Colombia and Colombian right, can we believe the rest of this article?

Dareal Noemi
Dareal Noemi

@Noemi688 is not a real name.  If it is, it's spelled incorrectly.  In either case, we can safely assume the "person" is not a real human and therefore ignore any comments (this assumption comes from the same logic as @Noemi688's spelling wrong = facts wrong logic).

Leslie Minora
Leslie Minora

Changed it, thanks. My spelling mistake doesn't have anything to do with the facts, I can assure you of that. [Thanks, RealDirty]

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

What facts? Every single word out of this miscreants mouth for years has been a lie. Yet you repeat her stories as truth and call them facts?

Guest
Guest

Pro tip:  When a spelling or grammar nazi points out a spelling or grammar error, they have identified themselves as sucking at life.  When the original author of a story on a news blog responds to a spelling or grammar nazi by arguing that such a mistake "doesn't have anything to do with the facts," she has identified herself as sucking at journalism (or at least not caring about good work product, which is the same thing).  Best to just make the correction and say "thanks for catching that, fixed it."    

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

well the fact that they spelled Jakadrien correctly over and over should make it believable enough, spelling nazi.What is Jakadrien derived from anyways?

tg
tg

"She tracked her every move on Facebook, looking for hints at her whereabouts and whether she looked like she was happy or hurting"

God bless Facebook!

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