Click Here to Donate to the Colorado Bar Association Matching Grant Fund to Help Support RMIAN's Children's Program. **Please be sure select 'Colorado Bar Association Matching Grant' in the section labeled Program.**
The Colorado Bar Association Steps up to Support Justice for Unaccompanied Minors with a Matching $50,000 Grant to the RMIAN Children's Program
As a result of a current humanitarian crisis, hundreds of unaccompanied children, some as young as two or three years old, are being forced to go through deportation proceedings at the Denver Immigration Court without a lawyer. Most of these children are fleeing horrific violence, trafficking, and persecution in their home countries, and now face the additional trauma of appearing in front of a judge and a government prosecutor alone. Shockingly, there is no government-appointed counsel in immigration proceedings, even for kids.
RMIAN, the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) have been working tirelessly to ensure pro bono attorneys for children before the Immigration Court in Colorado. The Colorado Bar Association has announced an unprecedented effort to support justice through a $50,000 matching grant to RMIAN. This grant will help ensure due process for these vulnerable children by expanding RMIAN's capacity to recruit, train, and mentor volunteer attorneys.
"This commitment by the CBA establishes it as a national leader in supporting human rights for extremely vulnerable children," says Abbie Johnson, Managing Attorney of the RMIAN Children's Program.
RMIAN's Children's Program has been providing free immigration-related legal services to children in Colorado since 2004 and is the only program in the state of Colorado dedicated to children's immigration law issues. With an exponential increase in children seeking safety in the U.S. and Colorado beginning in 2014, RMIAN's services are needed now more than ever.
To help RMIAN match the $50,000 from the Colorado Bar Association, please click the link above or the icon on the right and be sure to include "CBA Matching Grant" in the Description line or send a check to RMIAN's office at the below address and write "CBA" in the Memo line. All funds must be received by July 1, 2015.
The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) works to ensure justice for men and women in immigration detention for immigrant children who have suffered from abuse, neglect, or violence.
RMIAN is a nonprofit organization that serves low-income men, women, and children in immigration proceedings. RMIAN promotes knowledge of legal rights, provides effective representation to ensure due process, works to improve detention conditions, and promotes a more humane immigration system, including alternatives to detention.
We believe that justice for immigrants means justice for all. We respect the needs and celebrate the contributions of the individuals and communities that we serve. We believe our clients are equal partners in accessing justice. We value respect for all human beings, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or legal status. We believe in valuing and respecting the contributions of our board, staff, and volunteers. We believe in a working environment that fosters personal and professional growth and strives for excellence.