Migrant workers are lobbying Japanese authorities not to deport a Filipina community leader who has lived in the country for 22 years, after she was detained due to visa violations by a former husband.

Protesters gathered outside the Japanese consulate general in Central on Hong Kong Island Thursday and handed over a petition supporting Loida Quindoy before dispersing, sunwebhk.com reported. Her case was to be heard on December 14.

Quindoy, 56, was told on October 11 that her status had been revoked and has since been detained at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. Quindoy has lived in Japan since she married Japanese national Serikawa Eichii in 1996, and became a permanent resident in 2009.

She filed for a divorce in 2000, citing verbal and emotional abuse, and married a Filipino man in 2007. However, her second husband was deported to the Philippines in 2011 after overstaying his visa.

Japanese immigration authorities have said Quindoy allowed her husband to use an assumed identity to join her in Japan by signing his “application for eligibility” as the spouse of a permanent resident.

They divorced after his deportation, but Quindoy’s residency status was revoked in 2012. While she was permitted to stay on a provisional basis,  she could not work, and was forced to rely on family and friends. Quindoy has a son and two daughters who normally lived with her.

Migrante Japan, an organization representing the rights of foreign workers, said Quindoy had made a big contribution to Japanese society by helping her compatriots and migrants of other nationalities through groups like KAFIN Migrant Center and the KAFIN Halfway House.