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 Coordinating Staff Attorney, Natalie Petrucci, at probonochildrens@RMIAN.org for more information.
DS and KH Mother and Son Seeking Asylum and SIJS After Fleeing Gender-Based and Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Relief Sought: Asylum, WH, CAT, and SIJS (KH only) Country of Origin: Guatemala Languages: Spanish Next Hearing Date: November 21, 2019 at 8:30 am before Immigration Judge O'Hare Deadlines: DS and KH will need to file their I-589 on 11/21/19 and will have a final merits hearing no later than June 2020.
DS is a 36-year-old native and citizen of Guatemala. She fled Guatemala with her 14-year-old son, KH. Both DS and KH suffered ongoing and severe physical and emotional abuse at the hands of DS’s husband and KH’s father for more than a decade. When DS attempted to leave her husband, he continued to stalk her and send her and her son death threats. Fearing for their lives, DS and KH fled Guatemala and entered the United States in May 2019. They require representation before the Denver Immigration Court to apply for asylum. In addition, KH requires representation to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status before USCIS. (Unless the pro bono attorney is interested, RMIAN will help DS and KH find separate pro bono counsel to obtain the required SIJS predicate order.) DS and KH are on the expedited family unit (“FAMU”) docket. Their next Master Calendar Hearing will be November 21, 2019. They will likely have to file their asylum application at that time. Their final merits hearing will likely occur no later than June 2020.
ET, AL, and JL Mexican Mother and Grandmother Seeking Asylum, Withholding or Removal and CAT Protection, and her Two Sons Seeking Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (Experienced AILA Attorney Preferred) Relief Sought: Asylum/WH/CAT and SIJS Country of Origin: Mexico Languages: Spanish Next Immigration Hearing: 12/4/2019 Deadline: The family is past their 1-year filing deadline, but may have arguments to overcome this rule.
ET is a 47-year-old mother and grandmother. She fled Mexico to seek protection in the U.S. with her sons, AL (age 18) and JL (age 16). ET has two U.S. Citizen children and at least one U.S. Citizen grandchild (age 2) who was separated from her at the border. Organized criminals targeted the family because of their family ties to ET’s daughter and threatened them at gunpoint at their home. The family hid until they could present themselves at the border and request protection from the U.S. Government. Since arriving in the U.S. on 08/7/2018, the family’s home has been ransacked and their 13-year-old niece has been brutally murdered. ET, AL and JL require an attorney to represent them in their removal proceedings. ET is may only be eligible for Withholding of Removal and CAT Protection because of her past immigration history. AL and JL are eligible may be eligible for asylum but are past their one-year filing deadline. AL and JL are also eligible for SIJS based on being abandoned by their father. RMIAN may be able to find state court representation should an immigration attorney agree to handle the family’s immigration case.
MC and CC Guatemalan Mother and Young Son Seeking Asylum After Having Survived Severe Domestic Violence, Gender-Based Violence and Child Abuse Relief: Asylum/WH/CAT and SIJS (CC only) Languages: Spanish Next Hearing: November 20, 2019, 8:30 am with Judge Trujillo Deadline: MC and CC will need to file for asylum prior to April 14, 2020.
MC is a 30-year-old woman from Guatemala. She and her 8-year-old son, CC, endured a severe form of domestic violence in their home country at the hands of MC’s husband, who is also CC’s father. MC’s husband physically beat her, threw dishes at her, sexually assaulted her, and forced her to work. One sexual assault incident caused MC to become pregnant with one of her children. Fearing for their lives, MC and CC fled Guatemala and entered the U.S. on 04/14/2019. They are eligible for asylum and require representation before the Denver Immigration Court. They have their second Master Calendar Hearing on November 20, 2019. We do not believe they have been set on the court’s expedited docket but will need to apply for asylum prior to their one-year filing deadline on April 14, 2020. CC is also eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status because he suffered abuse at the hands of his father. To be eligible to apply, CC must first obtain the necessary SIJS predicate order in state court. The pro bono attorney could handle the state court APR and SIJS order and SIJS petition before USCIS. In the alternative, RMIAN may be able to find separate counsel to assist MC and CC with the state court representation only.
RM and LQ Nicaraguan Mother and Daughter Fleeing Persecution on Account of an Imputed Political Opinion, Gender, and Family-ties. Relief: Asylum/WH/CAT and SIJS (LQ only) Languages: Spanish Next Hearing: November 20, 2019 at 9:00 am with Judge Trujillo. Deadline: MC and CC will need to file for asylum prior to May 28, 2020.
RM is a 44-year old woman from Nicaragua. Her daughter, LQ, is 12-years-old. RM and LQ fled Nicaragua because armed groups threatened to kill RM because of her husband’s political activity. RM’s husband was a vice-mayor of their hometown in Nicaragua and had been targeted by Sandinista political rivals and armed groups before, during, and after his time as mayor. These rivals and political groups also targeted RM because of her marriage to her husband, even though she did not participate in politics. RM’s husband also beat her and threatened to kill her and LQ. RM lived in Spain for a few years but did not obtain any immigration status there. She returned to Nicaragua briefly to get her daughter before escaping to the U.S. During this short visit, she received renewed threats from her husband and the armed groups. RM and LQ have their second master calendar hearing on November 20, 2019, at the Denver Immigration Court. We do not believe they are set on the court’s expedited docket but will need to apply for asylum prior to their one-year filing deadline on May 28, 2020. LQ is also eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status because she was neglected and possibly abandoned by her father. The pro bono attorney could handle the state court APR and SIJS order and SIJS petition before USCIS. In the alternative, RMIAN may be able to find separate counsel to assist RM and LQ with the state court representation only.
KC. GU, MC Honduran Mother and her Daughters Fleeing Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence Seeking Asylum Relief: Asylum/WH/CAT and SIJS (GU and MC) Languages: Spanish Next Hearing (For MC): December 5, 2019 before Judge Corrin. Final Asylum Merits Hearing (for KC and GU): March 15, 2021 before Judge O’Hare
KC is a 32-year-old woman who endured severe domestic violence by a former partner in Honduras. KC’s former partner repeatedly sexually assaulted her and threatened to beat her if she looked at any other man in the eyes. During one incident, KC’s former partner struck her in the stomach, which caused her to be hospitalized for a week. KC is living in the U.S. with her two daughters, GU (age 12) and MC (age 14). In addition to being eligible to be derivatives on their mother’s asylum case, both GU and MC are eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status because they were abandoned by their respective fathers. The family requires an immigration attorney to represent them before the Denver Immigration Court. In addition, the family requires representation in state court to obtain the necessary APR and SIJS predicate orders. If necessary, RMIAN may be able to find separate pro bono counsel to help with this piece of the case. GU is in combined immigration proceedings with her mother, while MC is in separate proceedings. KC has her individual hearing set for March 15, 2021, at the Denver Immigration Court. MC has a Master Calendar Hearing before Judge Corrin on December 5, 2019. (It may be possible to combine MC’s case with that of her mother and sister prior to MC’s next hearing date.)