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; “A” = Appeal

PAROLE


**RMIAN has identified over a dozen parole cases that we have not yet had the chance to summarize. If you are interested in learning about other available cases, please contact splastino@rmian.org**


BOND

Mr. BA: Young Honduran who initially came to US as an unaccompanied child seeks attorney for bond

Relief Sought: release on bond

Country of Origin: Honduras

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing Date: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 9/6/19 with IJ Caley, Aurora Immigration Court (NOTE: this is not his bond hearing and the pro bono attorney does not need to attend this hearing. The pro bono attorney can request a bond hearing date that works with his/her schedule.)

Mr. BA is a 20-year-old Honduran man who came to the US alone when he was 17. He began living in Denver, and immigration authorities placed him in deportation proceedings. After he was arrested for DUI in July 2019, ICE detained him. He is afraid of returning to Honduras and would like to file for asylum. He seeks an attorney to represent him on bond.

Mr. BB: El Salvadoran Asylum Seeker, Former Military, Seeks Attorney on Bond

Relief Sought: release on bond

Country of Origin: El Salvador

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing Date: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 8/16/19 at 1pm with IJ McGrail, Aurora Immigration Court; No bond hearing scheduled (NOTE: the master calendar hearing is not a bond hearing, and the pro bono attorney representing him on bond does not need to attend this hearing. The pro bono attorney can request a bond hearing date that works with his/her schedule.)

Mr. BB is an El Salvadoran asylum seeker who fled because gangs targeted him for being a former member of the military. He sought asylum in the US, and received a positive credible fear determination. He seeks an attorney for his bond case.

Mr. BC: Nicaraguan Political Asylum Seeker Seeks Attorney on Bond

Relief Sought: release on bond

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing Date: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 8/14/19 at 9am with IJ Caley, Aurora Immigration Court; No bond hearing scheduled (NOTE: the master calendar hearing is not a bond hearing, and the pro bono attorney representing him on bond does not need to attend this hearing. The pro bono attorney can request a bond hearing date that works with his/her schedule.)

Mr. BC is a Nicaraguan asylum seeker who is fleeing political persecution. He fears leftist paramilitaries because of his political opinion and the fact that his mother works for the government. He fled to the U.S. and received a positive credible fear determination. He now seeks an attorney for his bond case.

Mr. BD: Cuban Political Dissident Fleeing Multiple Detentions and Torture by Government Seeks Bond Attorney

Relief Sought: release on bond

Country of Origin: Cuba

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing Date: No future hearing date yet at Aurora Immigration Court; No bond hearing scheduled (NOTE: The pro bono attorney can request a bond hearing date that works with his/her schedule.)

Mr. BD is a Cuban asylum seeker. In Cuba, the government detained and tortured him multiple times because of his political opinion. He fled to the US and now qualifies for release on bond. He seeks an attorney for his bond case.

**RMIAN has identified other bond cases that we have not yet had the chance to summarized. If you are interested in learning about other available cases, please contact splastino@rmian.org**

MERITS

Mr. PN: Cuban Asylum Seeker Beaten by Government Officials Needs Attorney for Asylum Case and Humanitarian Parole Request
Relief Sought: Asylum/Withholding of Removal/Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Cuba
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, August 26, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. before the Aurora Immigration Court
Mr. PN is a Cuban asylum seeker who fled to the US after the Cuban government threatened and beat him because he got into a car accident with a government official. His only release option is release on humanitarian parole because of how the US government processed him at the border. He seeks a pro bono attorney to represent him on his asylum case and on his parole application.

Mr. PS: Nicaraguan Political Dissident Asylum Seeker Seeks Attorney for Asylum
Relief Sought: Asylum/Withholding of Removal/Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual (final) Hearing, 10/1/19 at 1:30 pm, IJ McGrail, before the Aurora Immigration Court
Mr. PS is a Nicaraguan political dissident. He denounced the government for human rights abuses, and attended political protests, and fled soon after because he feared the government would kidnap and harm him. He waited in line in Mexico to seek asylum in the US, and then received a positive credible fear determination. He seeks an attorney to represent him on his asylum case.

Ms. MS & Ms. MT: Cousins who Fled After Gangs Threatened Them With Death and Sexual Abuse and Targeted Their Family Members
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearings: Ms. MS: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 8/21/19 at 1:00pm before IJ Caley at the Aurora Immigration Court; Ms. MT: 9/4/19 at 3:00pm before IJ McGrail at the Aurora Immigration Court
Ms. MS and Ms. MT are cousins who owned a shop together in Honduras, and who fled together and are detained together in Aurora. Gang members extorted their shop and threatened to kill them if they did not pay. Ms. MS is 23 years old and a gang member also stalked and sexually harassed her. Ms. MT is 38 years old and is a mother of five, and gang members threatened to harm her children and beat her son. Both received positive credible fear determinations and are seeking an attorney to represent them on their asylum cases. Their cases are currently on different judge’s dockets, and so a pro bono attorney could seek to coordinate their scheduling with the court.

Mr. MX: Eritrean Asylum Seeker Detained and Tortured Seeking Attorney for Asylum Case
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Eritrea
Language: Tigrinya
Next Hearing: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 8/23/19 at 10am before IJ Carbone at the Aurora Immigration Court
Mr. MX is an Eritrean asylum seeker. In Eritrea, the government imprisoned and tortured him because they found him working instead of serving in the military. He seeks an attorney to represent him on his asylum case.

Mr. MY: Honduran Asylum Seeker Fleeing Political Persecution and Gang Violence

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 8/26/19 at 8:30am before IJ McGrail at the Aurora Immigration Court

Mr. MY is a Honduran man who fled to the US after MS-13 gang members attacked him for supporting a particular political candidate. MS-13 also kidnapped his girlfriend. He sought asylum and received a positive credible fear determination, but does not have a sponsor for release on bond at this point in time. He is seeking an attorney for his asylum claim and if he finds a sponsor, for his bond claim.

Mr. MZ: Anglophone Cameroonian Asylum Seeker Fleeing Political Persecution

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Cameroon
Language: English
Next Hearing: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 8/22/19 at 3:00pm before IJ Carbone at the Aurora Immigration Court
Mr. MZ is an Anglophone asylum seeker from Cameroon. He was a driver, but an armed group took his car by force, and they were later attacked and his car was burned. Mr. MZ had to flee because he feared he would be accused of collaboration with the armed group, which is punishable by death. Mr. MZ fled to the US and received a positive credible fear determination, but he has no sponsor for release on parole. He seeks an attorney for his asylum claim and if he finds a sponsor, for his parole claim.

Mr. MA: Indigenous Guatemalan Asylum Seeker Fleeing Extortion and Beatings by Police

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual (final) Hearing, 11/20/19 at 8:300am before IJ Caley at the Aurora Immigration Court

Mr. MA is an indigenous Guatemalan man who speaks Spanish. In Guatemala, after he was unable to pay extortion payments, police kidnapped and beat him. He fled to the US, sought asylum, and received a positive credible fear determination for torture. At this time, he has no sponsor for release on parole. He seeks a pro bono attorney for his asylum claim and if he finds a sponsor, for his parole claim.

Mr. MB: El Salvadoran Asylum Seeker Shot Twice by Gang and Kidnapped by Police

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: El Salvador
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 9/3/19 at 1:00pm before IJ Caley at the Aurora Immigration Court

Mr. MB is an asylum seeker from El Salvador. He fled after MS-13 shot him through his abdomen and leg and lodged over a dozen bullets in his backpack. The police did not help because they were affiliated with the gang, and police had previously kidnapped him and dropped him in rival gang territory to try to get him killed. Mr. MB believes that the gang and police took these actions because they imputed that he was a member of a rival gang, though he is not. Mr. MB fled to the US and received a positive credible fear determination, but he has no sponsor for release on bond at this time. He seeks an attorney for his asylum claim and if he finds a sponsor, for his bond claim.

Ms. MC: El Salvadoran Asylum Seeker Raped by Police Who Responded When Bus Driver Attempted to Rape Her

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: El Salvador
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar (preliminary) Hearing, 8/15/19 at 8:30am before IJ Caley at the Aurora Immigration Court

Ms. MC is an El Salvadoran asylum seeker. In El Salvador, a driver of a public transport tried to rape her, and the police passed by and responded, but instead of helping her, the police raped her. The police threatened to kill her if she reported the rape. She fled to the US, sought asylum, and received a positive credible fear determination, but she does not have a sponsor with status for release on bond at this time. She seeks an attorney for her asylum claim and if she finds a sponsor, for her bond claim.

Mr. ME: Ghanaian asylum seeker fleeing persecution based on his sexual orientation

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture; release on credible fear parole
Country of Origin: Ghana
Language: Twi
Next Hearing: Individual (final) Hearing, 10/21/19 at 1:00pm before IJ Carbone at the Aurora Immigration Court

Mr. ME is a gay man from Ghana who fled after he was beaten for being gay, for how he looks and what he wears. He sought asylum in the US, received a positive credible fear determination, and although he does have a sponsor, he lacks identity documents for release on parole. An attorney could argue that he should be released on parole despite his lack of identity documents. He seeks an attorney for his asylum claim and his parole claim.


**RMIAN has many other merits cases that we have not yet summarized. If you are interested in learning about other available cases, please contact splastino@rmian.org**