RMIAN Cases in Need of Pro Bono Attorneys

Detained Cases

The following individuals are detained and in need of pro bono representation:

Full Merits Cases

0383: Victim of physical/sexual assault as a child and kidnapping by gang with fear of return to Mexico

0383 is a 33-year-old native of Mexico and entered without inspection in 2002. 0383 has a U.S. citizen child but they are not in contact. 0383 was abandoned at the age of five and lived with his mother’s friend where he suffered abuse in the home. 0383 ran away at the age of eleven. 0383 worked at a carnival where his boss was a member of the Los Surenos gang and subjected 0383 to sexual abuse. 0383 was later kidnapped by members of Los Zetas. He managed to escape after a week and fled directly to the United States. 0383 was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2016 and failure to appear in 2017. 0383 is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 29 at 1:00pm.

0383 is eligible for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. 0383 may also be eligible for a T Visa as a victim of trafficking. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent him in his full merits proceedings. 

0405: Teenaged indigenous Guatemalan with fear of return due to gang recruitment

0405 is a 19-year-old native of Guatemala and member of an indigenous ethnic group. 0405 entered the United States as an Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) seeking asylum. 0405 is afraid to return to Guatemala because of being targeted for gang recruitment by the MS-13 and Mara-18. 0405 was recently charged with a DUI and was arrested by ICE as he was leaving court. 0405 is scheduled for an individual merits hearing on January 10, 2018 at 8:30am. A local immigration attorney helped 0405 file an affirmative asylum application but 0405 is unable to hire the attorney to represent him in his removal proceedings. A volunteer attorney may be able to request a continuance to provide additional time to prepare the case.

0405 is eligible for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0405 in his full merits proceedings.

0392: LGBT Nigerian attacked in home country seeking asylum 

0392 is a 36-year-old native of Nigeria who entered the United States in September 2017 to request asylum. 0392 fled his home country because he was attacked due to his sexual orientation. 0392 and his partner were attacked at a gay club and his partner was hit with a piece of wood. People came looking for 0392 at his home but he was too afraid to return home. 0392 could not report the attack to the police because being gay is criminalized. 0392 fled to Venezuela and made his way to the United States. 0392 is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on December 5 at 1:30pm.

0392 is eligible for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. 0392 is also eligible for release on parole but may not have an eligible sponsor. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0392 in his full merits proceedings.

0364: Somali refugee/green card-holder afraid to return to Somalia due to religious beliefs

0364 is a 23-year-old native of Somalia who entered the United States as a refugee in 2006. 0364 received Lawful Permanent Resident status in 2011 and his mother, 3 siblings, and child are all U.S. citizens. 0364 is afraid to return to Somalia because of his religion. He suffers from depression and panic attacks and has criminal convictions in Colorado for burglary, DWAI, and DV.

0364 is eligible for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0364 in his full proceedings. He is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 21, 2017 at 9:00am at the Aurora Immigration Court.

0402: Somali homeless victim of DV with fear of return to Somalia and Saudi Arabia

0402 is a 30-year-old woman native of Saudi Arabia and citizen of Somalia. She entered the United States in 2006 based on her marriage to a U.S. citizen. Her husband became abusive towards her in 2007 and 0402 became homeless. 0402 suffers from depression and has three convictions for possession of a controlled substance in Utah. RMIAN staff was unable to obtain those records but discovered records of past protective orders against her abusive husband. 0402 is afraid she will be killed if forced to return to Saudi Arabia or Somalia. She is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 16 at 8:30am.

0402 is eligible for 10 Year Cancellation of Removal, VAWA Cancellation, and asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. RMIAN seeks an attorney to assist 0402 in her full merits proceedings.

0258: Victim of labor trafficking in Colorado

0258 is a 33-year-old native of Mexico who has lived in the United States for about 3 years. During his time here, 0258 worked at a restaurant and was subjected to inhumane treatment, including being forced to work for 13 hours a day/7 days a week with no meal breaks. He was not allowed to call his family and his supervisor threatened to call immigration if he did not work. 0258 attempted to quit the job but was not allowed. As punishment, he was locked inside the house for 3-4 days and given no food or water.

0258 is eligible for a T Visa as a victim of labor trafficking. 0258 received an immigration bond but is struggling to pay the bond amount. 0258 is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 28 at 8:30am at the Aurora Immigration Court. 0258 may also be eligible for release on humanitarian parole. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0258 in his full proceedings to assist him in pursuing the T Visa.

Bond Cases

0373: Young man with pregnant wife and fear of return to Mexico

0373 is a 24-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States without inspection in 2010. 0373’s noncitizen wife is 6 months pregnant and has a history of risky pregnancies due to heart problems. 0373 originally fled to the United States because he began receiving threats from a cartel organization in Mexico. 0373 reports a conviction for resisting arrest in 2015 and a trespassing case that is currently pending, both in Utah (unconfirmed by RMIAN). 0373 is scheduled for a bond hearing on November 15, 2017 at 8:30am but plans to ask for a continuance. He is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 16 at 9:00am.

0373 appears eligible for release from detention on bond as well as asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0373 in his bond proceedings.

0391: 21 yr old victim of DV with expired DACA [good case for attorney with criminal law experience]

0391 is a 21-year-old native of Guyana who came to the United States when she was 5 years old. 0391 previously had DACA status but it expired in August. 0391 was in a psychologically and physically abusive relationship with a U.S. citizen that resulted in a misdemeanor theft conviction as well as a pending theft charge. Both are connected to the abuse she suffered. She is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 22, 2017 at 1:00pm. 0391’s eligibility for bond involves a nuanced argument related to her criminal history, but RMIAN has recent case materials to assist.

0391 appears eligible for release on bond. She may also be eligible for a U Visa or protections under the Violence Against Women Act. RMIAN is seeking an attorney to represent 0391 in her bond proceedings.

0394: 25 yr resident of the US with 4 US citizen children

0394 is a 41-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States in 1992 without inspection. 0394 has four U.S. citizen children and was residing in Utah. 0394 was charged with domestic violence in 2017 after a disagreement with his wife and received 72 hours in jail (records unconfirmed by RMIAN staff). 0394 is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 28 at 1:00pm.

0394 is eligible for release on bond and may also be eligible for 10 Year Cancellation of Removal. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0394 in his bond proceedings.

0404: 11 yr resident of US with 3 US citizen children and wife applying for residency

0404 is a 28-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States without inspection in 2005 or 2006. 0404’s wife is currently applying for residency and together they have three United States citizen children between the age of 3 and 7. 0404 only interactions with law enforcement are for operating a vehicle with expired registration and no driver’s license in Wyoming (unconfirmed by RMIAN). 0404 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing at the Aurora immigration court.

0404 is eligible for release on bond and may be eligible for 10 Year Cancellation of Removal. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0404 in his bond proceedings.

0396: 21 yr resident of US with 10-yr-old son, potential suppression argument

0396 is a 40-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States without inspection in 1996. He has a 10-year-old son who is a U.S. citizen and both 0396 and his son have diabetes. 0396 was arrested in 2008 and 2009 in NV for domestic violence but the charges were dropped. 0396 reports a conviction for driving without a license from 2000. 0396 is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 28, 2016 at 1:00pm.

0396 was a collateral arrest by immigration officials as they attempted to arrest 0396’s coworker. 0396 reports that around 10 ICE officers entered his coworker’s residence with guns drawn. They handcuffed 0396, threw him to the ground, and interrogated him regarding his immigration status.

0396 is eligible for release on bond and may be eligible for 10 Year Cancellation of Removal. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0396 in his bond proceedings. The attorney may also raise suppression issues regarding 0396’s arrest by ICE officials.

0397: Man beaten in Guatemala w/ fear of return

0397 is a 32-year-old native of Guatemala who entered in the United States without inspection in 2014. In Guatemala, gang members robbed 0397’s motorbike, beat him, and left him for dead. They threatened to kill 0397 if he did not disappear. 0397 fled to the United States and has been living in Wyoming. 0397 reports convictions for providing alcohol to a minor in 2014 and driving without a license in 2017 (unconfirmed by RMIAN). 0397 has not yet been scheduled for a bond or removal proceedings hearing.

0397 is eligible for release on bond and asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. RMIAN seeks an attorney to assist 0397 in his bond proceedings.

0403: Honduran w/ cancer survivor wife and special-needs 7-yr-old son

0403 is a 37-year-old native of Honduras who entered without inspection in 2007. 0403 is married to a U.S. citizen who has had three surgeries to remove cancer and is also diabetic. 0403 has a special needs U.S. citizen son who is 7 years old and attends a school for children with disabilities. 0403 also has two step-children who are U.S. citizens. 0403 is afraid to return to Honduras and does not think he would ever be able to bring his family to Honduras. 0403 received a DUI conviction in 2016 and currently has a pending DUI in CO. 0403 is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 28, 2017 at 8:30am.

0403 is eligible for release on bond. 0403 is also eligible for 10 Year Cancellation of Removal and asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. RMIAN seeks an attorney to assist 0403 in his bond proceedings.

0400: Mexican man w/ fear of return involving nuanced criminal argument [good case for attorney w/ criminal experience]

0400 is a 37-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States without inspection in 2008. 0400 fears return to Mexico because he was previously robbed by armed men and his family has suffered threats and attacks since 0400 left Mexico. 0400 suffers from insomnia and sometimes has difficulty understanding his proceedings. 0400 was convicted of petty theft and false identification in 2013 and reports a public intoxication charge from 2017. 0400 is scheduled for a master calendar hearing on November 28 at 1:00pm.

0400 is eligible for release on bond and asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. RMIAN seeks an attorney to represent 0400 in his bond proceedings. This case will involve more nuanced arguments related to 0400’s criminal history and his eligibility for bond, but RMIAN has recent case materials to assist.


Non-Detained Cases

Check back soon for details on cases involving children and families who are not detained and in need of pro bono attorneys to represent them in their cases.