RMIAN Cases in Need of Pro Bono Attorneys

Detained Cases

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

Bond Cases

 

Full Merits Cases

Mr. II: Musician from Cuba with credible fear of persecution or torture based on his political opinion

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

Country of Origin: Cuba

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing: 7/24/18 at 8:30am (individual)

35-year-old native of Cuba who presented himself at the border in March 2018. He was a musician and DJ in Cuba and was first imprisoned for not being “in mourning” after Fidel Castro’s death. He was charged with committing crimes against the state because his musical group refused to work with the Cuban government. While imprisoned, a guard broke his teeth. He was imprisoned three separate times. He traveled to Mexico for music and managed to flee to the United States. An asylum officer found that he has a credible fear of persecution or torture due to his political opinion.                                                                                           

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. MM: Congo native seeking asylum based on political opinion, separated from wife and daughter on journey to the U.S.

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

Country of Origin: Congo

Language: Lingala; French

Next Hearing: 06/15/2018 at 1:00 p.m (master)

29-year-old native of Congo who presented himself at the border in April 2018 seeking asylum. He belongs to an opposition party and participated in anti-government protests in 2016. He fled his country after the police began beating and threatening to kill protesters at a demonstration. He fled with his wife and daughter, who he became separated from while traveling through Panama. His wife is currently pregnant and he is very worried about her and his daughter.

Mr. FF: Cameroonian nurse beaten for refusing to turn over patients marching for independence

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

Country of Origin: Cameroon

Language: English

Next Hearing: 06/15/2018 at 1:30 p.m (master)

42-year-old native of Cameroon who presented himself at the border in March 2018. Mr. FF worked as a hospital nurse and treated Anglophone Cameroonians who were peacefully demonstrating in support of independence. Mr. FF refused to turn his patients over to the police and he was arrested and beaten for four days. A month later, police were looking for Mr. FF and he fled for his life. 

Mr. DD: Youth leader in Guinean democratic party arrested and beaten by police

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

Country of Origin: Guinea

Language: French

Next Hearing: 08/09/2018 at 1:00 p.m (individual)

31-year-old native of Guinea who presented himself at the border in January 2018. Mr. DD fled his home country after he was arrested and beaten when participating in a demonstration for the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG). Mr. DD was elected as a Youth League Leader for the UFDG Democratic Party. Government officials arrested Mr. DD and beat him, breaking his arm and clavicle.
 

 

Non-Detained Cases

Asylum cases:

GYM is a 29-year-old single mother from Mexico.  She has two young children, ETY, age five, and ITY, age two.

GYM fled Mexico to escape her husband, who was verbally and physically abusive towards her and their children.  GYM’s husband would kick her, punch her, burn her, and pull her hair.  When GYM tried to leave her husband, he threatened to kill her and their children.

GYM is eligible for asylum based on her particular social groups of Mexican women viewed as property and Mexican women unable to leave domestic partnerships.  Her two minor children can be derivatives on her application.  GYM should file the asylum application as soon as possible, but no later than the December 25, 2018 one-year filing deadline.   The sooner GYM files the application, the sooner she will be eligible for a work permit. GYM’s first immigration court date is July 31, 2018.

 

DFG is a 37-year-old single mother from Guatemala. She has a 16-year-old son, HAF, in proceedings with her.

DFG fled Guatemala to escape her husband, who drank heavily and would beat her with a belt, often in front of her children, on a weekly basis over the course of four years. He once beat DFG so badly she lost consciousness and had to be taken to the doctor. He would also grab her by the hair, slap her, gave her bloody noses, and threatened to harm her if she ever tried to leave.

DFG is eligible for asylum based on her particular social group of Guatemalan women unable to leave her marital relationship. HAF can be a derivative on her application. DFG must file her asylum application by July 8, 2018. Her next immigration court date is September 15, 2018.

 

ISC is a 32-year-old single mother from Guatemala. She fled to the United States with her 7-year-old son. ISC fled Guatemala to escape abuse and threats from her ex-husband.

ISC was married at the age of approximately 14 to a man many years her senior. She has five children in common with this man. Once she and her husband separated, ISC became involved with another man. At the beginning, everything was fine and he treated her well. However, after a while he became jealous and abusive. He physically and emotionally abused her. On one occasion, he threatened to kill her at knife point. Any time she threatened to call the police, he reminded her that he had friends in the police force and that they would take his side and make things worse for her.

RMIAN helped ISC file an asylum application in March of 2018. The application was filed after ISC’s one-year filing deadline. However, ISC is likely part of a class action of asylum seekers who will be allowed to proceed with their asylum claim despite the late filing. Her next immigration court date is August 28, 2018.

 

SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status) case:

EMG is a 16-year-old boy from El Salvador who lives with his mother. 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.

EMG’s mother needs an attorney to file an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (custody) petition and SIJS order in Eagle County. Then EMG would need an attorney to file a petition for SIJS on his behalf with USCIS. His next immigration court date is August 1, 2018.