MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Ana Rodríguez, a Cuban political prisoner who made known the human rights violations in the women’s prisons of the communist island, faces eviction. She says she is not ready to leave the house where she has lived for the past 26 years.
Rodríguez, 83, co-author of “Diary of a Survivor: Nineteen Years in a Cuban Women’s Prison”He explained that he bought the house with a roommate who died of cancer. She said the last payment the bank accepted from her was in 2009.
“I stopped paying when they forced me,” Rodríguez said, whose lawyers say that he was the victim of a fraudulent foreclosure by Bank of America and Bank of New York Mellon.
The mortgage bounced between lenders and years of legal action followed, including a joint judgment filed in 2018 saying Rodriguez allegedly agreed to foreclosure and, in return, the Bank of New York Mellon would not file a lawsuit against her for economic losses.
“No, I never have an agreement with anyone. If I signed the paper with the lawyer thinking he was helping me and he made me sign something, that was wrong, ”Rodríguez said.
Records show that the home near Le Jeune Road and Southwest 13th Street was sold last year to a California woman. Rodriguez, who is going blind from macular degeneration, said someone left a 24-hour notice to vacate on the front door over the weekend.
Rodriguez said she was grateful that Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava advocated for her and was able to stop two eviction attempts.
“It is important to make sure that Ana has every opportunity to seek remedy in the legal system,” Levine Cava said in a statement Monday.
Rodríguez’s attorneys filed a motion with the Third District Court of Appeal requesting a stay. The motion was denied and the eviction will probably take place on Tuesday morning. There is a ongoing fundraiser to help her.
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