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. VMR: Survivor of severe domestic violence seeking asylum affirmatively 
Relief Sought: Asylum
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Important deadlines: Ms. VMR must file her asylum application with the asylum office prior to January 12, 2020.  
 
Ms. VMR is a 43-year-old woman from Mexico. In her late teens, she began a 24-year relationship with the father of her four children. Throughout their relationship, Ms. VMR’s ex-partner subjected her to physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. He insulted her for being a woman and a survivor of childhood rape by her stepfather, and also prevented her from practicing her evangelical faith. In 2017, Ms. VMR’s husband kicked and beat her with a shovel, fracturing her ribs. She later reported the abuse to Mexican police who failed to protect her. She fled for her life and entered the United States in January 2019. She is not in removal proceedings but needs representation to file her asylum application before her one-year deadline in January 2020 and for her asylum interview with the USCIS Asylum Office. If she is unsuccessful before the Asylum Office, she will need representation in removal proceedings before the Denver Immigration Court to pursue her asylum claim there. 
 

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) & April 10, 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 next MCH will be on April 10, 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.

Ms. MRP and ERP: Mexican mother and child fleeing persecution from the Mexican police
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under CAT
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: MCH October 2, 2019, before IJ Trujillo
 
Ms. MRP is a 28-year-old native and citizen of Mexico. She and her 7-year-old daughter, ERP were kidnapped by armed and masked Mexican officials. Ms. MRP and her daughter were held in detention for 24 hours and questioned about Ms. MRP's partner. Mexican officials beat Ms. MRP and threatened to imprison her and take her daughter to an orphanage if she didn’t tell them the truth about her partner. After releasing Ms. MRP and her daughter, the officials threatened to harm her if she spoke about their detention. Ms. MRP and her daughter fled the next month and entered the United States in February 2018. Ms. MRP and her daughter 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. Note that she already filed the asylum application pro se on her one-year filing deadline, February 20, 2019.

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.