RMIAN Cases in Need of Pro Bono Attorneys
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.
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 December 5, 2017 at 8:30am 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 December 5 at 12:30p.m.
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.
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 December 14 at 9:00am.
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.
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 December 7, 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.
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.
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.