RMIAN Cases in Need of Pro Bono Attorneys

Non-Detained Cases

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

U-VISA CASES:

  • MMR is a 44 year-old mother of two from Mexico. She is eligible for a U-visa based on a felony assault gunshot to her leg. RMIAN has obtained a signed U Visa Certification Request for MMR. She needs to file for her U-cert as soon as possible but no later than January 20th, 2019. MMR would like to include her daughter and husband as derivatives.

MMR is also in removal proceedings and can likely pursue an asylum claim due to gang-based threats to her life and children because the gang was looking for her husband. MMR must apply for asylum by November 19, 2018. Her next master calendar hearing is October 25, 2018.

MMR needs representation in her immigration proceedings, applying for a U-Visa, and in her asylum claim.

ASYLUM CASES:

 

  • YFF is a mother of three from Honduras. She is eligible for withholding of removal, and possibly asylum, and her children are eligible for asylum due to their past persecution in Honduras. YFF was the target of repeated threats by a high level gang member who threatened to harm YFF if she did not leave her husband and become "his woman." When YFF refused, gang members broke into her home in the middle of the night and murdered her husband. The gang member then threatened and raped YFF. YFF fled to the U.S. shortly after in fear of future persecution. 

YFF is in removal proceedings with her children. Their next immigration hearing is August 22, 2018. At this hearing, YFF and her children will likely need to set their case for a final hearing. YFF is currently in removal only proceedings, however her specific facts likely make legal arguments viable as to why she should be able to also apply for asylum. 

YFF needs representation in her removal proceedings as well as the asylum and withholding proceedings of her children. 

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.

 

  • ANN is an 11-year-old boy from Guatemala. He is eligible for SIJS due to neglect by his mother and abandonment by his father. His mother left him in the care of his grandmother when he was only 3 months old. She has remained in contact with ANN but has never supported him. His father’s name and identity is unknown. ANN has been supported throughout his life by his maternal grandfather JLL. ANN fled to the United States to be with JLL after his grandmother and caregiver died.

ANN lives with his grandfather in Colorado Springs. His grandfather is willing to petition for guardianship in El Paso County and help him apply for SIJS. A pro-bono attorney has taken the immigration portion of ANN’s case. ANN needs representation in a guardianship hearing so that he can obtain the predicate order necessary to apply for SIJS.

  • JFD is a 17-year-old girl from Honduras. She is eligible for SIJS due to abuse and abandonment by her father. When JFD’s mother was a young girl she was repeatedly raped by her own father. JFD’s mother then became pregnant with JFD. Her mother had to keep the father a secret, did not put a father on JFD’s birth certificate, and has not told JDF who her father is. JDF and her mother were later able to leave her father’s home to escape his abuse.

JFD lives with her mom and four younger siblings in Adams County. Her mother is willing to pursue an custody petition, or APR in Adams County and apply for SIJS. JFD turns 18 on January 6, 2019. Therefore, the APR must be filed as soon as possible in order to be completed before January 2019. A pro-bono attorney has taken the immigration portion of JFD’s case. JFD needs representation in filing her APR as soon as possible so that she can obtain the predicate order she needs to apply for SIJS before she turns 18 this January.

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.

 

Bond Cases:                                                                         

Mr. BA: 15-year resident, wife has diabetes and is blind and needs assistance caring for U.S. citizen children

Relief Sought: Bond

Country of Origin: Guatemala

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing: Bond hearing 8/8 at 8:30am with Judge Thompson (can get a continuance)

39-year-old native of Guatemala who entered the United States without inspection in 2003. His wife does not have status but Mr. BA has 2 U.S. citizen step-children. The family relies on Mr. BA immensely because his wife has diabetes and cannot see. Mr. BA was arrested for a DUI in July 2018 and was transferred to ICE custody. Mr. BA seeks assistance with his bond proceedings so that he may be reunited with his family and pursue 10-year Cancellation of Removal.

Mr. BB: Father of 7 U.S. citizen children in need of surgery and medical care the detention center has failed to provide

Relief Sought: Bond

Country of Origin: Mexico

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing Date: 11/15 at 1:30 with Judge McGrail (Individual); may request bond hearing any time prior to individual hearing

38-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States in 2007 without inspection. He previously resided in the United States from 1996 to 2007, then accepted voluntary departure. Mr. BB has 7 U.S. citizen children and is currently suffering from a medical condition. He was in a car accident that resulted in coagulated blood in his neck. He requires surgery to have it removed but he has not received treatment in detention or been taken to the hospital for treatment. Mr. BB reports convictions for trespassing in 2018 and DV in 2006 for which he was required to attend classes. Mr. BB remains eligible for bond and hopes to be released as soon as possible so that he may get the medical help he requires.

Mr. BE: Indigenous Guatemalan originally in ORR custody transferred to ICE on 18th birthday

Relief Sought: Bond

Country of Origin: Guatemala

Language: Quiche, some Spanish

Next Hearing Date: Bond 8/9 at 1pm with Judge Caley (can get continuance)

18-year-old native of Guatemala who entered the United States without inspection in February 2018. He turned 18 in June and was transferred from ORR custody to adult ICE custody. His family received threats from members of a criminal organization that they would be kidnapped if they could not pay the “renta.” Mr. BE is eligible for release on bond and may also be eligible for asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile status.

 

Mr. BF: Indigenous Guatemalan transferred to adult ICE custody on 18th birthday

Relief Sought: Bond

Country of Origin: Guatemala

Language: Mam and Spanish

Next Hearing Date: Bond 8/13 at 8:30am with Judge Thompson

18-year-old native of Guatemala who entered the United States without inspection in June 2018. He was originally placed in ORR custody as a minor and then transferred to ICE custody on his 18th birthday. Mr. BF was raised by his grandparents in Guatemala and he seeks release to reunited with his father in North Carolina and explore available relief options.

Mr. BG: Has credible fear of persecution if forced to return to El Salvador, wife and 3 children also in US pursuing asylum

Relief Sought: Bond

Country of Origin: El Salvador

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing Date: 8/7 at 8:30am with Judge McGrail (Master Calendar Hearing); can request bond hearing at any time

39-year-old native of El Salvador who entered the United States in May 2018 seeking asylum. His wife and three children are in Maryland also pursuing asylum claims. Mr. BG was interviewed by an asylum officer and found to have a credible fear of persecution or torture if forced to return to El Salvador. Mr. BG seeks assistance to be released on bond so that he may be reunited with his wife and children and pursue his claim for asylum.

Mr. BH: 19-year resident from Aurora, CO arrested by ICE paying a traffic fine

Relief Sought: Bond

Country of Origin: Mexico

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing Date: 11/15 at 1:30 with Judge McGrail (Individual); may request bond hearing any time prior to individual hearing.

34-year-old  from Mexico who entered the United States in 1999 and has been living in Aurora, CO with his cousin who is a lawful permanent resident. Mr. BH was apprehended by ICE after going to court to pay a traffic fine. He has no other criminal history. Mr. BH seeks assistance with his bond proceedings so that he may explore other relief options.

Mr. BI: 18-year-old indigenous Guatemalan who may be eligible for special immigrant juvenile status

Relief Sought: Bond

Country of Origin: Guatemala

Language: Mam and some Spanish

Next Hearing Date: 8/13 Bond and Master Calendar Hearing with Judge Caley

18-year-old native of Guatemala who entered the United States without inspection. He was originally in ORR custody and was transferred to adult ICE custody on his 18th birthday in June. Mr. BI may be eligible for special immigrant juvenile status and seeks assistance with his bond proceedings. He hopes to join his cousin in Washington State.

Ms. BK: Young woman fleeing MS-13 gang recruitment and being forced into marriage with gang member

Relief Sought: Bond

Country of Origin: El Salvador

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing Date: Not yet scheduled

18-year-old native of El Salvador who entered the United States without inspection in July 2018. She fled her country because her uncle is a member of MS-13 and he repeatedly threatened her and attempted to force her to be the wife of another gang member. He also tried to force her to sell drugs and collect extortion money. She tried to relocate to another area of El Salvador but was pursued by the gang members. She seeks assistance with her bond proceedings so that she may be reunited with her aunt in California and pursue her claim for asylum.