RMIAN Cases in Need of Pro Bono Attorneys

Detained Cases

The following individuals are detained and in need of pro bono representation. For more information on detained cases please contact Jessica Burnett at jburnett@rmian.org.

For non-detained cases see below.

Full Merits Cases                                                                            

Mr. JJ: Ukrainian national and Russian citizen seeking asylum based on political beliefs  

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture

Country of Origin: Ukraine

Language: Russian

Next Hearing: 08/08/2018 at 1:00 p.m (individual)

33-year-old native of Ukraine and citizen of Russia who presented himself at the border in March 2018. He was living in Russia and was a member of an opposition party, organizing protests in support of an opposition politician. He organized or participated in dozens of protests, was beaten by the police and detained three separate times. He fears he will be harmed in Russia to do his political beliefs and his Ukrainian heritage. He does not have a sponsor for release on parole and must remain detained until his final merits hearing in August.

Mr. LL: Russian native jailed and beaten for working as election monitor and participating in protests

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture

Country of Origin: Russia

Language: Russian

Next Hearing: 08/21/2018 at 1:00 p.m (individual)

28-year-old native of Russia who presented himself at the border in March 2018 seeking asylum. He participated in anti-government demonstrations and was jailed and beaten by the police for his work as an election monitor and in the protests. He was forced to sign paperwork admitting guilt for political crimes. He fled after police came looking for him at his home. He is very worried about his wife who remains in Russia and is currently pregnant.

Mr. OO: Anglophone Cameroonian seeking asylum based on political opinion

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture

Country of Origin: Cameroon

Language: English

Next Hearing: 10/11/2018 at 8:30 a.m (individual)

33-year-old native of Cameroon who presented himself at the southern border in April 2018. He was politically active in support of Anglophone Cameroonians and was arrested for organizing protests. While detained, he was tortured; his knee is wounded and he is missing toes. He was arrested and tortured a second time after participating in the October 2017 protests and later fled to the United States. An asylum officer found that he has a credible fear of persecution or torture if forced to return to Cameroon.

Mr. RR: Eritrean asylum seeker who fled compulsory military service after being imprisoned multiple times

Relief sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture

Country of origin: Eritrea

Language: Tigrinya

Next hearing date: October 3, 2018 at 1 pm (Individual hearing)

32-year-old native of Eritrea who was forced to serve in the military and served for 10 years. He was jailed multiple times if he took vacation or was unavailable to serve. He later deserted the military and fled to the United States. He fears he will be killed or imprisoned for life if forced to return due to his desertion. He presented himself at the border in March 2018 and was found to have a credible fear of persecution or torture.

Mr. SS: Member of Talysh National Movement arrested and severely beaten multiple times for political views, ethnic membership, and religion

Relief sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture

Country of origin: Azerbaijan

Language: Russian and Azerbaijani

Next hearing date: September 11, 2018 (Individual hearing)

40-year-old native of Azerbaijan who presented himself at the southern border in April 2018. He was targeted by his government for his Muslim faith and ethnic Talysh membership as well as his participation in the Talysh National Movement. He was arrested and severely beaten three times for his activities with the Talysh National Movement and fears he will be killed if forced to return.

Mr. TT: Friend of Mr. SS who was also imprisoned and tortured for his membership in the Talysh National Movement, ethnic group affiliation, and religion

Relief sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture

Country of origin: Azerbaijan

Language: Russian and Azerbaijani

Next hearing date: September 10, 2018 (Individual hearing)

38-year-old native of Azerbaijan who presented himself at the border in April 2018. He fled Azerbaijan with Mr. SS because of his membership in the Talysh ethnic group, Muslim faith, and activities in support of the Talysh National Movement. He was arrested, jailed, and severely beaten on four occasions and was interrogated about his work with the Talysh movement. He fears he will be killed or jailed for life if forced to return.

Non-Detained Cases

For more information on non-detained cases please contact Lauren Duke at lduke@rmian.org.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and Asylum cases:

SIJS is a pathway to permanent residency for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent or both parents. To be eligible, a child must first obtain a custody or guardianship order from a state court with specific findings establishing their eligibility for SIJS. They can then move on to apply for SIJS and eventually permanent residency with USCIS/DHS. Many of these children are in removal proceedings and must provide the immigration court with information and updates regarding their SIJS process to defend themselves against deportation. Some of these children may also be eligible for asylum if they suffered persecution or fear persecution in their home countries and may choose to pursue this as a second pathway towards lawful status.

  •  DRA is a 17-year-old boy from Honduras who lives with his uncle in Aurora. DRA is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) due to abandonment by his father when DRA was young. RMIAN has referred the state-court portion of DRA’s SIJS to a pro-bono attorney.

DRA needs representation in his immigration court proceedings, in applying for SIJS with USCIS once he receives the state court order, then eventually permanent residency, and in potentially applying for asylum.

In 2015, DRA was playing soccer with his brother when several gang members approached and demanded DRA and his brother join the gang or they would kill them. DRA’s brother said no. The gang shot and killed DRA’s brother in front of him. DRA then went into hiding by living with his grandmother for a year. After his grandmother passed away, DRA had no one to care for him and fled to the United States. While gang based claims are difficult to win, DRA has the right to present his asylum claim and argue his case if he chooses to do so. DRA’s one year deadline for applying is in February 2019. If DRA wants to apply with USCIS as an unaccompanied child applicant, he would need to do so before his 18th birthday in October 2018. Otherwise, he can submit his asylum application to the immigration court prior to February 2019.

DRA’s first master calendar hearing in immigration court is July 12, 2018. He can obtain a continuance at this first hearing on his own, but will need representation at his second hearing. DRA and his uncle speak Spanish.

  • EMG is a 16-year-old boy from El Salvador who lives with his mother in Carbondale. He is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) due to abuse and abandonment by his father. EMG’s father would drink heavily and beat EMG and his siblings on a weekly basis. EMG also witnessed his father frequently beat his mother. EMG’s father then abandoned his family around 4 years ago. EMG has not been in contact with his father since that time. EMG’s mother fled El Salvador to escape the abuse and has her own asylum claim pending with the immigration court. RMIAN has referred the state-court portion of EMG’s SIJS case to a pro-bono attorney.

EMG’s needs representation in his immigration proceedings, in applying for SIJS and eventually permanent residency, and in potentially filing for asylum. In addition to the abuse by his father, EMG received threats from gang members over the course of several years and was forced to stay in hiding to avoid being harmed. He eventually fled to the United States to be reunited with his mother. EMG’s mother filed a pro se asylum application in May of 2018.

EMG’s second master calendar hearing in immigration court is August 1, 2018 where he will need to request a continuance while he pursues the SIJS state-court order. EMG and his mother speak Spanish.

  • IGH is a 16-year-old boy from Mexico who lives with his cousin in Lakewood. IGH is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) due to abandonment by both his mother and father when IGH was just an infant. The Jefferson County Court has granted IGH’s cousin’s petition for guardianship of IGH. IGH’s cousin now needs help filing a motion in Jefferson County for SIJS findings. Once that court order is issued, IGH will need representation to apply for SIJS and eventually permanent residency.

IGH is not currently in removal proceedings and his cousin speaks English.  

  • OGD is a 17-year-old boy from Guatemala who lives with his cousin in Denver. OGD is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) due to abandonment by his father when OGD was four-years old, and neglect by his mother. RMIAN has referred the state-court portion of OGD’s SIJS to a pro-bono attorney.

OGD needs representation in his immigration proceedings, and in applying for SIJS once he has the state court predicate order, and eventually permanent residency.

OGD’s next master calendar hearing is September 6, 2018 where he will need to ask for a continuance while he is pursuing the SIJS state-court order. OGD and his cousin speak Spanish.

Domestic violence based asylum cases:

Victims of domestic violence remain eligible for asylum despite the recent Matter of A-B- decision by Jeff Sessions. The full implications of Matter of A-B- are still unfolding at immigration court. RMIAN will be here to provide mentoring and support with briefing and case preparation.

 

  • MLF fled Mexico with her young son D in December of 2015. MLF fled repeated abuse and harassment by her former partner, A. A regularly punched or beat MLF, raped her almost daily, would lock her up, tried to choke her to death while she was pregnant with D, and abused D which left marks. MLF tried to leave several times, but A always found her, threatened to kill D, and beat her.

MLF left A in 2012, but continued to receive harassment and threats from A. MLF met a new partner and became pregnant. A threatened to hurt MLF and her baby. MLF then decided to flee to the United States.

MLF lives in Wyoming and her case was first accepted by a pro bono clinic there. MLF has her merits hearing set in February 2019. All briefing and evidence is due in January 2019. The Wyoming clinic is closing and can no longer represent MLF.