Therese Patricia Okoumou is a 44 years old woman who has been arrested for scaling the base of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday.
Therese Patricia was born as well as educated in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But according to a record, she has been living in New York for at least 10 years.
Patricia joined the group called Rise and Resist which unfurled an Abolish ICE banner at the base of the Statue on Wednesday a few months ago. She has been taking part in a protest a week with that group.
Therese has also been an active member of the Rise and Resist for 4 or 5 months. The group disavowed the lawbreaking stunt of her on the social media posts. But, they expressed their concern for her well-being.
No one in that group knew that was going to happen. They said that they did not know whether she did it on the spur of the moment or if she had been planning it before.
Therese was arrested as well as charged with the federal trespassing, disorderly conduct, and other charges. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday.
By her profession, Therese works as a personal trainer. She has bounced around the city and the Catskills working as a Physical Therapist.
Previous to that, Okoumou was arrested for trespassing, obstruction of government administration, and misdemeanor assault during the demonstration against the state Department of Labor on Varick Street.
She carrying a protest placard had covered her mouth with tape and refused the police demands that she leave the building. Therese also refused to enter on an ambulance by lying on the floor, kicking her feet, and flailing her arms.
Police records show that Therese has a long history of fighting the social justice battles. In 2003 also, she filed a wrongful termination lawsuit charging racial discrimination after she was fired from the job as a staffer at battered women’s home known as Safe Horizons.
According to the court records, her boss complained that she was very rude to other staffers as well as clients at the shelter. The lawyer of her withdrew from that case and later, she represented herself, unsuccessfully for a remainder of the case.
In 2009, Therese won $1500 in a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Staten Island towing company called County Recovery. She had also unsuccessfully filed a human rights complaint in the year 2007 against the group home in Staten Island for racial discrimination.