Children’s Program - Cases in Need of Pro Bono Attorneys

The following individuals are non-detained and in need of pro bono representation. For more information on non-detained cases please contact Children’s Program Pro Bono Coordinator Vanessa Saldivar at VSaldivar@RMIAN.org for more information.
 

Ms. CJ: Mother and two children fleeing severe domestic violence  
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under CAT
Country of Origin:  Honduras 
Language: Spanish 
Next Hearing: Second MCH May 15, 2019  
 
Ms. CJ is a 40-year old native and citizen of Honduras. She fled Honduras escaping many years of severe domestic violence at the hands of the father of her children. Ms. CJ sought help from the Honduran authorities multiple times, but the reports she made and the restraining order she obtained did not stop the violence. Her fifteen-year-old son was also physically assaulted by his father repeatedly and has scars on his back from the abuse. Ms. CJ finally fled to the United States after he threatened to kill her. She entered the United States in March 2019 with her two children and the family was placed on the expedited family docket (FAMU). They will have their second Master Calendar Hearing on May 15, 2019. Their third MCH is scheduled for July 10, 2019, and their final hearing will be scheduled no later than March 24, 2020. Ms. CJ and her two children need representation in removal proceedings before the Denver Immigration Court to apply for asylum. 

Mr. JI and JO: Brothers from El Salvador fleeing threats and violence 
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under CAT and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status 
Country of Origin: El Salvador 
Language: Spanish 
Next Hearing: Second MCH 5/16/2019 (JI)  First MCH 6/5/2019 (JO)
 
Mr. JI is a 27-year-old native and citizen of El Salvador. He entered the United States in November 2018 with his wife, daughter and his 17-year-old brother, JO. Upon entry, Mr. JI was placed in joint removal proceedings with his wife and daughter and JO was separated and designated an Unaccompanied Minor. Mr. JI and his family are afraid to return to El Salvador because they were targeted by the MS-13 gang. Mr. JI's oldest brother was in the military and therefore accused of working against the gang. Their family was attacked numerous times because of this. During one attack, Mr. JI's sister was shot in the head by gang members but survived.  On another occasion, Mr. JI and his pregnant wife were attacked and beaten severely. Mr. JI sustained a large cut on his forearm and his wife was beaten and sustained a puncture wound to her stomach. JO is also eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status based on abandonment by his father, who was disappeared by the gang more than 9 months ago. They believe he may have been killed by the gang. 
 
Mr. JI, along with his wife and daughter were placed on the expedited family docket (FAMU) and their second Master Calendar Hearing will be on 5/16/2019 before IJ Trujillo. They need representation in removal proceedings and to apply for asylum before the Denver Immigration Court. He also needs representation to file for custody of his brother and to obtain orders from the Weld County District Court establishing JO's eligibility for SIJS. 
 
JO was placed on the juvenile docket and his first hearing will be on June 5, 2019. He needs representation in removal proceedings and to apply for asylum and SIJS before USCIS. 

Mr. GL, Mr. RC & Mr. FO: Three brothers from Guatemala seeking multiple forms of immigration relief
Relief Sought: T Visa, Asylum and SIJS
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: MCH May 14, 2019 (Mr. GL) & October 16, 2019 (Mr. FO) (no future hearing for Mr. RC)

Mr. GL is an 18-year-old native and citizen of Guatemala. He entered the United States in January 2018, at the age of sixteen, and was released into the care of his brother, Mr. RC. Mr. GL is in removal proceedings before the Denver Immigration Court and his fourth Master Calendar Hearing will be on May 14, 2019. Mr. GL is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status because he was neglected by his parents in Guatemala. From a very young age, Mr. GL had to stop attending school and work in agriculture, where he was subjected to dangerous working conditions. Mr. GL is also afraid to return to Guatemala because he was being physically assaulted regularly by gang members who were attempting to forcibly recruit him. He believes he was targeted because he is indigenous. Mr. GL needs representation in removal proceedings and to apply for asylum. He also needs representation before USCIS to apply for SIJS.

Mr. RC is a 23-year-old native and citizen of Guatemala. He was granted Withholding of Removal in 2015. Mr. RC is eligible for T Nonimmigrant Status because he was the victim of labor trafficking in the United States. Mr. RC worked at a construction company for three years. He was not paid for the hours he worked and was he was subjected to regular verbal abuse and threats of immigration enforcement. Mr. RC was injured numerous times at work, but his employers would prohibit him from seeking medical attention. Mr. RC needs representation to file for guardianship of his brother, Mr. GL, and to obtain orders from the Larimer County District Court establishing Mr. GL’s eligibility for SIJS. Mr. RC also needs representation before USCIS to apply for T Nonimmigrant Status.

Mr. FO is a 21-year-old native and citizen of Guatemala. He entered the United States without inspection but was detained by ICE after he was charged with DUI. He was released from detention but is now in removal proceedings before the Denver Immigration Court. His second MCH will be on October 19, 2019. Mr. FO is eligible for T Nonimmigrant Status because he was a victim of labor trafficking in the United States. Mr. FO worked with his brother, Mr. RC, at the same construction company. Mr. FO was also subjected to wage theft, verbal abuse and threats, and dangerous working conditions. Mr. FO suffered a serious burn on his arm on the job, but his employers prohibited him from going to the hospital. Mr. FO needs representation in removal proceedings and to apply for T Nonimmigrant Status before USCIS.

Mr. CD: Honduran family of five seeking protection
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under CAT
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Second MCH April 17, 2019
 
Mr. CD is a 35-year-old man from Honduras. In Honduras, Mr. CD began to receive threats from gang members who claimed his sister had defied them. In May 2017, Mr. CD was kidnapped and taken to a sugar cane field where he was to be executed. Mr. CD was shot ten times and was left for dead. The next morning, he was found and taken to a hospital. Mr. CD’s recovery was long, but after a year he was able to walk again. In August 2017, Mr. CD’s sister, who was accused of defying the gangs, was killed in front of her home. Police began to investigate his sister’s murder, but no arrests were made. In September 2018, Mr. CD received two calls from gang members. They told him they knew he was alive and warned him that they would finish the job they started. Mr. CD fled Honduras with his wife and three young children and entered the United States in November 2018. He and his family need representation to apply for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) in removal proceedings before the Denver Immigration Court. 

Ms. KE & NE: Mother and daughter seeking asylum affirmatively
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under CAT
Countries of Origin: Armenia and Russia 
Language: Russian 
Next Hearing: No hearings scheduled 
 
Ms. KE was born in Armenia but is a naturalized citizen of Russia. Ms. KE and her 17-year-old daughter entered the United States in April 2018 on a visitors visa. They came to the U.S. to escape many years of severe domestic violence, death threats and discrimination due to their Armenian nationality. Ms. KE tried repeatedly to report the abuse they suffered to the police but they would not help them because of their Armenian nationality. They are also afraid to return to Russia because they are opposed to the Putin regime and fear they will be persecuted because of their political opinion. Ms. KE and her daughter filed their asylum application pro se on April 9, 2019, before their one-year filing deadline.  They need representation before the Asylum Office for their asylum interviews, which will likely be scheduled within 6-8 weeks.