Detention Program - Cases in Need of Pro Bono Attorneys

The following individuals are detained and in need of pro bono representation. For more information on detained cases please contact Detention Program Pro Bono Counsel, Sarah Plastino, at splastino@rmian.org.

KEY: Case names beginning with "B" = bond case; "M" = merits case; "P" = parole request; “I” = IJ review of negative credible or reasonable fear determinations or requests for reinterivew case.

BOND

MERITS

Mr. MQ: 20-year-old Greeley resident and green card holder who entered the United States as a child, eligible for cancellation of removal

Relief Sought: LPR Cancellation of Removal
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: English and Spanish
Next Hearing: Not yet scheduled for court 

Mr. MQ is a 20-year-old Lawful Permanent Resident who has lived in the United States since he was a young child and most recently was residing in Greeley, Colorado. He received his green card when he was around 8 years old; his parents both live in the United States and are Lawful Permanent Residents as well. Mr. MQ was apprehended by immigration officials after appearing for a probation appointment. He has received convictions for criminal mischief, misdemeanor theft, possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor escape from confinement/custody. Mr. MQ is eligible for cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents and seeks pro bono assistance with his immigration proceedings.

Mr. MR: Nicaraguan Political Protester Beaten and Imprisoned After Denied Asylum and Deported, Now Seeking Asylum Again

Relief Sought: Withholding of Removal & Convention Against Torture only
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Hearing July 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Mr. MR is a 42 year old Nicaraguan man. He and his family have opposed the Nicaraguan government for years. As a result, he fled to the U.S. and sought asylum in 2016, but the judge denied his claim and deported him back to Nicaragua. In 2018, Mr. MR organized opposition marches and police shot the co-planner of his march. The police repeatedly threatened to kill Mr. MR and his family if he didn’t stop his political opposition activities, and also threatened to burn down his house. Also in 2018, the police arrested Mr. MR and put him in jail for two months and beat him repeatedly. As a result, he fled again to the United States. He entered in January 2019 and was detained. He received a positive reasonable fear determination and is now eligible to seek withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture. His merits hearing is scheduled for July 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm. He hopes to win his case, be released from detention, and reunite with his wife and daughter who are also seeking asylum in Los Angeles.

Mr. MS: Honduran Man Threatened With Death and Beaten by Police for Refusing to Sell Drugs for Organized Criminals

Relief Sought: Withholding of Removal & Convention Against Torture only
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing April 4, 2019 at 8:30 am (will be rescheduled)

Mr. MS is a 39-year-old taxi driver from Honduras. In Honduras, a criminal gang threatened to kill him if he did not sell drugs for them out of his taxi. When he refused, police came to his home and beat him and threatened to kill him if he did not agree to sell drugs for the gang. Mr. MS fled to the U.S. seeking protection. He arrived in November 2018, and was detained. He received a positive reasonable fear determination. He now is eligible to seek withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture. His first master calendar hearing is April 4, 2019, but he will be rescheduled to file his asylum application. He is not yet scheduled for a final hearing.

Mr. MT: Mexican Man Kidnapped and Tortured By Nueva Generacion Cartel for Family Affiliation

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Mexican
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Hearing August 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Denver Immigration Court)

Mr. MT is a 39-year-old man from Mexico. The Nueva Generacion cartel kidnapped him and his cousin because his cousin was a member of the cartel who had disobeyed their orders, and the cartel mistook Mr. MT for one of his associates. The cartel members killed his cousin and mutilated his body in front of Mr. MT. The cartel members left Mr. MT for dead several days later. Mr. MT knew the police wouldn’t protect him because his cousin told him that the local police work with the cartels in drug trafficking. Mr. MT fled to the U.S. seeking asylum. He was detained, passed credible fear, and then released on bond. He now resides in Denver, and his asylum case is before the released, Denver Immigration Court. His individual hearing is scheduled for August 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm. He seeks a pro bono attorney to represent him on his asylum claim.