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 Coordinator Jessica Burnett at JBurnett@RMIAN.org.

KEY: Case names beginning with "B" = bond case; "M" = merits case; "P" = parole request


Mr. BR: 18-yr-old with pregnant U.S. citizen girlfriend, victim of trafficking
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: not yet scheduled for court

Mr. BR is an 18-year-old native of Honduras who entered the United States in 2016 as a minor and was placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Mr. BR fled Honduras after a gang members attempted to rape his brother’s girlfriend. Mr. BR’s brother fought off the gang members who then threatened to kill Mr. BR and his family. Mr. BR escaped from immigration custody as a minor and was subsequently a victim of trafficking. Mr. BR’s girlfriend is a U.S. citizen and pregnant with their child here in Denver. Mr. BR has a pending drug possession charge connected to his trafficking experience. He is eligible for release on bond to reunite with his pregnant wife and pursue his asylum and T visa claims.

Mr. BS: Asylum-seeker from Honduras supporting mom, wife, and disabled sister back home
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on December 12, 2018 (no bond hearing scheduled - may request at any time)

Mr. BS is a 26-year-old native of Honduras who entered the United States without inspection earlier this November. Mr. BS fled Honduras after being extorted and threated by gang members in his community. Mr. BS’s aunt is a Lawful Permanent Resident living in Texas and his 17-year-old brother is in immigration proceedings in Maryland. Mr. BS seeks assistance with bond so that he may reconnect with his family and pursue his asylum case. Mr. BS supports his mother, wife, and disabled sister who remain in Honduras; he hopes to be released while pursuing asylum so that he can continue to assist his family.
 
Mr. BT: Asylum-seeker who fled Honduras after 2 brothers and 1 sister murdered
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on December 12, 2018 (no bond hearing scheduled - may request at any time)

Mr. BT is a 27-year-old native of Honduras who entered the United States without inspection in October 2018. Mr. BT fled Honduras after two of his brothers and one of his sisters were killed by members of a rival family. They began searching for and threatened to kill Mr. BT and so he fled to the United States when the police failed to protect him. Mr. BT’s uncle and other siblings are green card holders here in the United States. He seeks assistance with his bond proceedings and plans to pursue asylum as well.

Mr. PE: Asylum-seeker who entered with wife and son, tortured by Nueva Generacion and suffered serious injuries
Relief Sought: Parole
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Calendar Hearing on January 28, 2019

Mr. PE is a 38-year-old native of Mexico who recently entered the United States seeking asylum. He fled Mexico with his wife and son who were previously released from immigration detention. Mr. PE was found to have a credible fear of torture if forced to return to Mexico where he was tortured multiple times by the Nueva Generacion cartel. They broke his clavicle, knocked out some of his teeth, beat him in front of his wife and child, and threatened to burn him alive. He seeks assistance with his parole request so that he may locate his wife and child and pursue his asylum claim outside detention. Mr. PE may have a harder time being released because he was previously in the United States and has prior deportations on his record.
 
Mr. PF: Arrested and beaten by police along with his mom and brothers for speaking out against the government, wife currently detained in CA
Relief Sought: Parole
Country of Origin: Cuba
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Calendar Hearing on March 15, 2019

Mr. PF is a 32-year-old native of Cuba who entered the United States in September 2018 seeking asylum. In 2009, Mr. PF’s mother was imprisoned for speaking out against the government. Since her release, the police have harassed, jailed, and beaten Mr. PF and his brothers. Mr. PF does not support the government and believes he will be directly targeted by the government if forced to return. He entered the United States with his wife who is currently detained at a different immigration detention center in California. Mr. PF seeks assistance with parole so that he may locate his wife and pursue his political opinion asylum claim.

Mr. MQ: Ghana man with imputed sexual orientation asylum claim beaten and threatened
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, CAT
Country of Origin: Ghana
Language: Akan
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on December 17, 2018

Mr. MQ is a 43-year-old native of Ghana who entered the United States in September 2018 seeking asylum. Mr. MQ fled Ghana after being beaten and threatened multiple times by Muslim members of his community because they believe he is gay. Mr. MQ attempted to report the attacks to the police but they would not protect him and said he was not wanted in Ghana. Mr. MQ seeks assistance with his asylum case before the immigration court.

Mr. MS: Togolese man with sexual orientation-based asylum claim beaten and threatened with death when discovered with partner
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, CAT
Country of Origin: Togo
Language: French
Next Hearing: Individual Calendar Hearing on April 8, 2019

Mr. MS is a 38-year-old native of Togo who entered the United States in September 2018 seeking asylum. Mr. MS fled his home country after he and his partner where beaten by members of their community for being gay. The attackers threatened to burn and kill Mr. MS and his partner. They kidnapped Mr. MS, tied him up, and dumped him in a river. Mr. MS managed to survive and escape Togo. He seeks assistance with his asylum claim before the immigration court.