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.

JA: 16-year-old abandoned by his father at birth seeking SIJS and asylum
Relief Sought: SIJS and Asylum
Country of Origin: El Salvador
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: February 2, 2019

JA is a 16-year-old boy from El Salvador. He is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) because he was abandoned by his father shortly after his birth. JA’s mother fled El Salvador due to extortion and death threats and JA stayed in El Salvador in the care of his grandparents. After his uncle’s murder, JA started to receive threats from members of the MS 13 gang. He left El Salvador and entered the U.S. alone on June 5, 2018. JA currently resides with his mother in Aurora. JA’s mother will need representation to apply for custody over JA and to obtain an order from the Adams County District Court establishing JA’s eligibility for SIJS. JA needs representation in removal proceedings and to file for SIJS and possibly asylum.

AJ & JS: 13-year-old and 3-year-old seeking SIJS
Relief Sought: SIJS
Country of Origin: El Salvador
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: April 18, 2019 (JS)

AJ is a 3-year-old boy from El Salvador. He entered the U.S. on November 18, 2017 with his mother WHG and his 13-year-old uncle, JS. AJ is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) because he was abandoned by his father when he was 8 months old. His mother is currently seeking asylum with the help of counsel and AJ is a derivative on her asylum case.
 
JS is a 13-year-old boy from El Salvador. JS is eligible for SIJS because he was abandoned by his mother when he was very young and then abandoned by his father’s death in 2016. After his father died, he began to receive threats from gang members. When he refused to be a lookout, he was beaten with a bat and threatened. He entered the U.S. on November 18, 2017 with his older sister WHG and her 3-year-old son, AJ. He was separated from them and remained in ORR custody for approximately seven months before he was released to WHG. He currently resides with his sister and nephew in Aurora.
 
WHG needs representation to file for custody of her son and brother and to obtain orders from the Arapahoe County District Court establishing their eligibility for SIJS. AJ and JS then need representation to file for SIJS and possibly asylum. JS also needs representation in removal proceedings.
 
OV: Abandoned and neglected 17-year-old seeking SIJS
Relief Sought: SIJS
Country of Origin: Guatemala 
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: May 14, 2019
Other important dates: OV turns 18 on June 28, 2019

OV is a 17-year-old boy from Guatemala. OV’s father left Guatemala when he was very young. OV was neglected by his mother until the age of eleven, at which point she abandoned OV and left him in the care of his elderly grandparents. OV fled Guatemala to escape violence and gang recruitment. OV entered the U.S. in August of 2016 and currently resides with his father. OV has a pro bono attorney that will help him obtain a state court order establishing his eligibility for SIJS, but he needs pro bono representation to apply for SIJS and in removal proceedings. OV’s petition for SIJS must be filed before June 28, 2019.
 
DM: 23-year-old legal permanent resident seeking naturalization
Relief Sought: Naturalization
Country of Origin: Guatemala 
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: None 

DM is a 23-year-old young man from Guatemala. He entered the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor at the age of sixteen. He was granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status based on neglect and abuse at the hands of his father and step-mother. DM became a legal permanent resident in July of 2013. He is now eligible to naturalize and needs representation to file his application with USCIS.
 
IA: 28-year-old victim of labor trafficking seeking a T Visa
Relief Sought: T Visa and Asylum
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: March 21, 2019

IA is a 28-year-old woman from Honduras. She entered the U.S. on April 14, 2014 with her seven-year-old daughter. IA was employed as a housekeeper at a hotel. Her employers knew she was undocumented and severely mistreated her and other undocumented employees. IA was not paid for the hours she worked, and her employers would yell at her and threaten to call immigration if she didn’t work the extra hours. She was also sexually harassed at her workplace. She needs representation to file for a T visa and possibly asylum and representation in removal.
 
SG: 36-year-old victim of domestic violence
Relief Sought: U Visa and Cancellation of Removal  
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: April 25, 2019
Other important dates: U Visa Certification expires May 28, 2019

SG is a 36-year-old woman from Mexico. She first entered the U.S. in 1998 but has resided in the U.S. continuously since March of 1999. She has four U.S. citizen children between the ages of nine and nineteen and her parents are both lawful permanent residents. SG is eligible for a U visa based on the domestic violence she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. In April of 2014, SG was punched several times in the face in the presence of her young children. RMIAN obtained a U Visa certification on November 28, 2018 which is valid for six months, therefore her U visa petition would need to be filed as soon as possible, but no later than May 28, 2019.  SG needs representation in removal proceedings, to file a U visa and also to file for Cancellation of Removal with the court.