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"CauseWay LLC - Legal Defense for Yukari Miyamae"
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1095 Canyon Blvd. Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80302
| Yukari Miyamae was arrested July 14 '11 while going through security at the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix Arizona. |
As reported by the press, Yukari Miyamae's arrest report states that she grabbed TSA agent Barbara O'Toole's "left breast through her clothing É squeezing and twisting it with both hands without the victim's permission,".
Yukari denies the charges: "Police statement and Fox coverage does not depict accurately what happened to me on July 14th at Phoenix Airport in Maricopa county, Arizona."
Trial lawyer Judd Golden has agreed to represent Yukari Miyamae.
As close friends of Yukari, we are setting up this page to help clear our friend's name. Numerous supporters of Yukari have requested a way to donate to Yukari's legal expenses. This web site will serve as that vehicle. A local bank account is being set up for Yukari's legal defense fund. Once established we will provide an on-line, secure link for anyone to donate any amount to her cause. These are very serious charges, however we feel with the proper legal defense she will be completely cleared of any wrong doing.
It is important to know some things about Yukari as a person. We have known her for many years, she is like part of our family, and we feel compelled to shed light on her character. She is a hard working career woman as a professional translator of Japanese/English documents. Her current job is in Phoenix AZ where she has been commuting from Denver for the past several weeks, flying twice weekly. At home in her spare time she stays closely attuned to both local and global current affairs, volunteers for independent community radio hosting music and news programming, is a dedicated defender of human rights and is well known in town as a pretty nice person. She is someone we are proud to have as our friend. Personally we feel that these charges are a terrible mistake, completely beyond her character, and will be dropped when the facts are brought to a fair trail. We want to help make that happen and hope you will too.
Ann Colcord, Davide Andrea
Some background on Yukari:
She is a Japanese / English translator.
She translated Greg Mitchell's book "The age of WikiLeaks" into Japanese.
She traveled to London and Reykjavik to interview Julian Asange (before the recent events).
She is now working as a translator in Phoenix AZ, though she lives in Longmont CO. She commutes every week, so she goes through the TSA inspection twice a week.
She is a radio DJ at KGNU radio.
She organized a translation project into Japanese for "Winter Soldier - Iraq and Afghanistan" by "Iraq Veterans Against the War" and Aaron Glantz
Here is the News Release from Judd Golden, Yukari's lawyer:
Ms. Miyamae says she told TSA agents she wanted to be screened by the metal detector gate. She did so out of concern for excessive radiation exposure from the full-body scanners, as she is a frequent business traveler.
Her request was denied. She was soon surrounded by TSA agents. One TSA agent, a tall woman, approached Ms. Miyamae, who is only five feet tall.
Ms. Miyamae felt panicked and experienced a volatile aversion to the TSA personnel violating her personal physical space. She felt endangered and threatened based upon prior traumatizing security pat-downs, repugnance at the prospect of being touched again in such a violent and undignified manner, and instinctively pushed the female TSA agent away.
Ms. Miyamae remains traumatized by this incident and her subsequent arrest, jailing, and the false accusation of being a sex criminal. She values her privacy, but is exploring opportunities to be able to tell her full story to the nation.
Ms. Miyamae is thankful to the thousands who have expressed sympathy and support for her on several Facebook pages, many of whom have also felt violated and threatened by the TSA screening process.
The press has misspelled Yukari's last name as "Mihamae".
Other Facebook page: Free Yukari
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