RMIAN Cases in Need of Pro Bono Attorneys

Non-Detained Cases

RMIAN Children's Program Coordinator, Lauren Duke, is transitioning out of her position at RMIAN. If you have any questions regarding your case please contact Children's Program Managing Attorney, Ashley Harrington, at aharrington@rmian.org or your mentor. 
 

FOR ATTORNEYS WITH SIJS CASES:

For the month of October, ANY children from Mexico who have pending or approved SIJS petitions may be eligible to file for adjustment of status. See the October visa bulletin filing dates chart for Employment-Based 4th Preference category and the USCIS announcement requiring the use of the filing dates chart for the month of October. If you are representing a child from Mexico with a pending or approved SIJS petition, please contact AHarrington@rmian.org right away to determine if you can file for permanent residency and employment authorization for your client.

For the month of October, children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador who filed their SIJS petition prior to May 1, 2016 may be eligible to file for permanent residency. If you are representing a child from one of these countries with a pending or approved SIJS petition filed before May 1, 2016, please contact AHarrington@rmian.org right away to determine if you can file for permanent residency and employment authorization for your client. 

Please note this window of opportunity may close at the end of October for all these children, so applications must be filed without delay. 
 

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.

Mr. BH: Man from India with pregnant U.S. citizen wife
Relief sought: Bond, with eligibility for adjustment of status
Country of origin: India
Language: English
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/23/2018 at 1:00 pm

Mr. BH entered the United States with a visa in 2016 and subsequently married a U.S. citizen who is currently pregnant with their first child. She is due in early November and suffers from preeclampsia, necessitating hospitalization. Mr. BH was detained in relation to a theft conviction. He is likely bond eligible because he was lawfully admitted to the United States and he did not receive a sentence of a year or more. Mr. BH is likely eligible for adjustment of status so that he can receive a green card based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen and seeks bond so that he may return to his wife before their child is born.

Mr. BJ: Man with U.S. citizen fiancé and child eligible for cancellation of removal
Relief sought: Bond, with eligibility for Cancellation of Removal and a U Visa
Country of origin: Mexico
Language: English
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/22/2018 at 8:30am

31-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States without inspection in 2004. Mr. BJ is engaged to a U.S. citizen and also has a 6-year-old U.S. citizen child from a previous relationship.  Mr. BJ was assaulted in 2016 and eligible for a U Visa as a victim of a crime. Mr. BJ was recently apprehended after an arrest for a DUI. He was previously convicted of a DUI in 2016. Mr. BJ seeks assistance with his bond proceedings so that he may be reunited with his family and pursue his applications for cancellation of removal and a U visa.

Mr. BL: Engineer and teacher planning to marry U.S. citizen girlfriend, needs assistance overcoming criminal history
Relief sought: Bond, with eligibility for adjustment of status
Country of origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/31/2018 at 1:00 pm

33-year-old native of Mexico who entered the country multiple times on a visitor visa, the first time when he was around 1 year old. Mr. BL last entered the United States in 2011. He was residing with his U.S. citizen girlfriend he plans to marry and her three children they care for together. In Mexico, Mr. BL was an engineer and has taught upper-level math classes in the United States. Mr. BL was convicted of a DUI in 2015 and currently has pending DV charges. His girlfriend has spoken to the prosecutor about dropping the charges and continues to support Mr. BL. There are compelling aspects of the case but it will be more challenging due to Mr. BL’s criminal history.

Mr. BM: Fiji-native who entered on student visa, may be eligible for adjustment through his husband as well as asylum
Relief sought: Bond, with eligibility for adjustment of status and asylum
Country of origin: Fiji
Language: English
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on 11/1/2018 at 9:00 am

31-year-old native of Fiji who entered the United States in 2009 on a student visa. Mr. BM is married to his husband, a U.S. citizen whom Mr. BM resided with in Utah prior to his immigration detention. Mr. BM may be eligible to adjust his status to Lawful Permanent Resident as well as apply for asylum based on his sexual orientation. Mr. BM was convicted of DV/assault and violation of a protection order in 2017 and reports a pending DUI charge. Mr. BM seeks assistance with bond to rejoin his husband and pursue his defenses to deportation.

Mr. BN: 14-year resident with 4 U.S. citizen children, eligible for cancellation of removal

Relief sought: Bond, with eligibility for cancellation of removal
Country of origin: Mexico
Language: Chinanteco and Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/23/2018 at 1:00 pm

41-year-old indigenous man from Mexico who entered the United States in 2004 without inspection. He has four U.S. citizen children, one of which who us autistic. Mr. BN was previously convicted of public intoxication and drinking in his vehicle. Mr. BN seeks an attorney to assist with bond so that he can return to his children and pursue his cancellation of removal case.

Mr. BO: Father of 2 U.S. citizen children with path to citizenship through cancellation of removal

Relief sought: Bond, with eligibility for cancellation of removal
Country of origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/24/2018 at 1:00 pm

34-year-old native of Mexico who most recently entered without inspection in 2008. Mr. BO previously entered the United States and voluntarily departed earlier in 2008. Mr. BO has two U.S. citizen children and has been residing in Colorado. Mr. BO was convicted of a DUI in 2008 but did not complete his probation due to his voluntary return to Mexico. Mr. BO seeks an attorney to represent him in his bond proceedings so that he may be released to prepare his cancellation case.

 

Mr. BP: 17-year resident eligible for cancellation, wife is struggling to pay rent for their family
Relief sought: Bond, with eligibility for cancellation of removal
Country of origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/31/2018 at 1:00 pm

38-year-old native of Mexico who entered without inspection in 2001. Mr. BP and his undocumented spouse have 3 U.S. citizen children. Mr. BP was convicted of a DUI in 2008 and 2015, with no other offenses since 2015. Mr. BP seeks assistance with his bond proceedings because his wife is struggling to provide for their family and pay their rent.

Mr. PB: Young man from Honduras fleeing the grasps of the M-18 gang
Relief sought: Parole, seeking asylum
Country of origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing 10/23/18 at 8:30 am

Mr. PB went to the police after the M-18 threatened to kill him if he refused to work for the gang, but they took no action to offer him protection. Instead of succumbing to the will of the transnational criminal organization, Mr. PB fled for his life and is now seeking asylum in the United States. He wishes to reunite with his cousin in New York so that he can fight his case with his loved ones by his side to offer support.

Ms. PC: Guatemalan National Judo Team Member Fleeing Domestic Violence
Relief sought: Parole, seeking asylum
Country of origin: Guatemala
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Calendar Hearing 1/2/2019 at 9:00 am

Ms. PC suffered severe domestic violence at the hands of her father in Guatemala. Most recently, he held her hostage in their home and would not let her leave. She also suffered physical abuse from him growing up. Ms. PC’s parole case may be challenging because she presented false documents when she attempted to enter the United States. She wishes to be released from detention so that she can live with her aunt in Connecticut.

Mr. PD: Anglophone Cameroonian beaten and tortured for protesting in support of Anglophone rights

Relief Sought: release on parole, also pursuing asylum

Country of Origin: Cameroon

Language: English

Next Hearing Date: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/24/18 at 8:30am

28-year-old native of Cameroon who presented himself at the southern border in September 2018 seeking asylum. Mr. PD participated in demonstrations in support of Anglophone rights in Cameroon and was arrested and tortured by the police multiple times. Mr. PD seeks assistance with his parole request so that he may have additional time to prepare his case and find an attorney for his asylum claim.

Mr. PE: Member of Southern Cameroon National Council, beaten and tortured for demonstrating for Anglophone rights

Relief Sought: release on parole, also pursuing asylum

Country of Origin: Cameroon

Language: English

Next Hearing Date: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/23/18 at 1:30pm

32-year-old native of Cameroon who presented himself at the border in September 2018 seeking asylum. Mr. PE was a member of the Southern Cameroon National Council political party and demonstrated in support of Anglophone rights. He was arrested and tortured multiple times by the police but managed to escape and flee to the United States. Mr. PE seeks assistance with his parole request so that he may be reunited with his cousin in Maryland and prepare his asylum case.

Mr. IA: Young man from Mexico, kidnapped and threatened when refused to work with criminal organization
Relief Sought: Positive fear finding from an Immigration Judge after the Asylum Office rendered a negative fear determination - eventually hoping to seek asylum
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Immigration Judge Review of Credible Fear Determination 11/1/18 at 9:30am

Mr. IA reports that he was kidnapped in Mexico by a criminal group, that he identifies as "sicarios" or "murderers." This group wanted him to work for the criminal organization and Mr. IA refused. His refusal could be interpreted as a political opinion that stands counter to the interests of the criminal group. Mr. IA fears that if he is forced to return to Mexico members of the group will kill him in response to his defiance of the organization's demands. Mr. IA has not yet been scheduled for his negative fear review hearing, which will take place before the Immigration Court. He is still awaiting the transcript of his credible fear interview before the Asylum Office, which will be provided prior to the review hearing before the Court.
 
Mr. MC: Ethiopian man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia seeking protection in the United States
Relief Sought: Asylum/Withholding of Removal/Protection pursuant to the Convention Against Torture; possible Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Language: Amharic
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing 10/31/18 at 1:00 pm
 
Mr. MC is a lawful permanent resident and holds a green card. He has been in the United States for about eleven years. He is currently being medicated for paranoid schizophrenia and possibly other mental health issues and is fearful of being deported to Ethiopia because he fears that he will not have access to medication and will be mistreated if he is institutionalized. This is a challenging pro bono case, but Mr. MC cannot afford counsel and an immigration judge determined that he is competent enough to represent himself in his removal proceedings. RMIAN has handled a similar case in the past and can offer robust support with legal strategy, briefing, and country conditions evidence.

Mr. ME: Asylum-seeker from Mauritania who was abused by family, dealing with additional rare language hurdles
Relief sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, CAT

Country of origin: Mauritania
Language: Pulaar, Soninke
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on 10/30/2018 at 2:00 pm

31-year-old native of Mauritania and member of the Fofana tribe who entered the United States in August 2018 seeking asylum. In Mauritania, Mr. MD was a victim of beatings and abuse from his family members, including his brother and uncles. He attempted to report the abuse but was offered no help or protection. The asylum office was unable to interview Mr. MD regarding his fear and he was issued a notice to appear without a credible fear finding. This means that Mr. MD is ineligible for parole and must remain detained while pursuing his asylum claim.

Mr. MF: Father of 2 U.S. citizen children found to have reasonable fear of torture if forced to return to Mexico
Relief sought: Withholding of Removal, CAT
Country of origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Merits Hearing on 11/26/2018 at 1:00 pm

43-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States in 2016 fleeing threats from La Familia Michoacán. He was previously deported in 2002. In Mexico, Mr. ME was extorted by La Familia Michoacán and was threatened with death when he was unable to keep paying the cartel. They attempted to force Mr. ME to work for them and he fled to the United States in fear for his life. Mr. ME reports that the cartel knows that he fled and will be able to find him if he returns to Mexico. He was found to have a reasonable fear of torture if forced to return to Mexico and seeks assistance with his withholding proceedings before the immigration court.  Mr. ME has two U.S. citizen children and was apprehended after ICE entered his house without permission in search of another individual. Note that this case may be better suited for a more experienced pro bono attorney. 

Mr. MG: Husband of U.S. citizen whose family was forced to flee Honduras after attacks from rival political party
Relief sought: Withholding of Removal, CAT
Country of origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Merits Hearing on 1/10/2019 at 1:00 pm

55-year-old native of Honduras who is seeking asylum based on his political opinion. Mr. MG entered the country about 13-14 years ago and was residing in Denver with his U.S. citizen wife of 8 years. In Honduras, Mr. MG and his family were members of the Liberal Party, rivals of the National Party. Mr. MG entire family was forced to flee after being targeted by members of the National Party and the police. Mr. MG was beaten and has scars from the attack. Mr. MG fears that he will be killed or tortured if forced to return to Honduras and seeks assistance with his fear-based claim.

Mr. CFA: Father who helped son escape MS-13, fears he will be killed for assisting son flee

Relief sought: Preparation for reasonable fear interview
Country of origin: El Salvador
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: N/A

58-year-old native of El Salvador who entered the United States in September 2018. Mr. CFA expressed a fear of return to El Salvador and was placed in reasonable fear proceedings due to a prior deportation in 1995. Members of MS-13 attempted to kill Mr. CFA’s son because they believed he was a member of the rival Mara-18 gang. Mr. CFA helped his son escape to Mexico but fears MS-13 will kill him if he returns for assisting his son escape. Mr. CFA’s daughter received threats from the gang after Mr. CFA and his son fled to Mexico. Mr. CFA seeks assistance preparing for his reasonable fear interview to assist him in obtaining a positive determination so that he may pursue his case before the court.