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

BOND

Mr. BQ: Nicaraguan Political Dissident Seeks Representation on Bond
Relief Sought: Release on bond
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: No Bond Hearing Scheduled; Individual Hearing 7/25/19 at 1:00pm before the Aurora Immigration Court.

Mr. BQ fled to the United States from Nicaragua after paramilitaries threatened and tortured him. He applied for bond to be released from immigration detention, but his evidence needed to be translated into English, and he wanted an attorney to help him. He found a church in New Jersey to sponsor him on his own, but needs help gathering additional documents from them. Mr. BQ hopes to get out of detention on bond prior to his final asylum hearing on July 25, 2019, so he can best present his claim. His pro bono attorney would just be representing him on his bond request and can schedule the hearing around his or her availability. The pro bono attorney does not need to represent Mr. BQ at his final asylum hearing on July 25, 2019.

MERITS

Mr. MD: Cuban Political Dissident Detained Four Times for Anti-Regime Views
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture
Country of Origin: Cuba
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing, May 31, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. before the Aurora Immigration Court
 
Mr. MD is a 42-year-old man from Cuba. He is known to the Cuban government as a political dissident, and the government has detained him four times for political reasons. He fears that the government will harm him or detain him permanently should he be returned to Cuba. He is eligible for bond but doesn’t have anyone in the United States to help him pay a bond.

Mr. MF: Cuban Asylum Seeker Fleeing Political Persecution Seeking Release on Humanitarian Parole and Asylum
Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture; Release on Humanitarian Parole
Country of Origin: Cuba
Language: Spanish

Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing, June 24, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. before the Aurora Immigration Court

Mr. MF is a 28-year-old Cuban asylum seeker who is designated as an Arriving Alien but was issued a Notice to Appear without having ever been placed in Credible Fear proceedings. He therefore only qualifies for release on humanitarian parole, and unless he is paroled out of detention, he will not qualify for adjustment of status under the Cuban Adjustment Act in the future. He has a sponsor with Lawful Permanent Resident status. Mr. MF fled Cuba after the Cuban government threatened him for not participating in elections and detained him several times. He is seeking a pro bono attorney to assist him with release on humanitarian parole, and if he is not released, for representation on his asylum claim while detained.

Ms. MH: El Salvadoran Asylum Seeker Fled After She Witnessed MS-13 Murder, Has No Sponsor for Release on Bond

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture

Country of Origin: El Salvador

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing: Individual Hearing, August 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. before the Aurora Immigration Court

Ms. MH is an asylum seeker from El Salvador. She witnessed MS-13 murder a person, and afterwards, armed gang members targeted her to prevent her from reporting on them. The gang also extorted her brother, who filed a police report, and as a result, the police extorted him further and told him they would turn him over to the gang if he continued to report the gang. Ms. MH fled to the U.S., but has no sponsor for release on bond, and so must defend her asylum claim from detention.

Ms. MI: Honduran Woman Fleeing Sexual and Domestic Violence with Potentially Serious Medical Issue Seeks Attorney to Represent Her on Asylum

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture

Country of Origin: Honduras

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing: Individual Hearing, August 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. before the Aurora Immigration Court

Ms. MI is a Honduran woman who fled an abusive partner who physically abused her and raped their daughter, resulting in their daughter’s current pregnancy with her father’s child. Ms. MI was granted a bond of $7,500 that she cannot pay. Ms. MI currently has a potentially serious medical issue with her breast and detention facility staff have not taken her to the doctor despite her repeated attempts to obtain treatment. A RMIAN attorney is representing Ms. MI on her medical advocacy needs, but Ms. MI still needs an attorney to represent her on her asylum claim. If a pro bono attorney is interested in his case but is unable to attend the upcoming hearing, the attorney could request that the court recalendar the case for a date that works for the attorney’s schedule.

Mr. MJ: Nicaraguan Political Protester Fleeing Government Crackdown

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing, 7/10/19 at 1pm before the Aurora Immigration Court

Mr. MJ is a Nicaraguan political protester who fled after the government violently cracked down on dissent. He has no sponsor in the U.S. and so is unlikely to be released before his final asylum hearing. He is in need of a pro bono attorney to represent him on his asylum claim, and to potentially assist him with release if he is able to locate the necessary requirements. If a pro bono attorney is interested in his case but is unable to attend the upcoming hearing, the attorney could request that the court recalendar the case for a date that works for the attorney’s schedule.

Mr. MK: Cuban Political Dissident Seeks Attorney for Asylum Claim and Potentially Humanitarian Parole

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture

Country of Origin: Cuba

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing, 7/10/19 at 1pm before the Aurora Immigration Court

Mr. MK is a Cuban man who does not support the Cuban regime and has unsuccessfully attempted to illegally flee the country twice. He fears that the Cuban government will imprison him if he is deported there for his political opinion. He was granted a $12,500 bond that he cannot pay. He needs a pro bono attorney to represent him on his asylum claim. His pro bono attorney could also try to obtain his release on humanitarian parole so that he could apply for his Lawful Permanent Residency under the Cuban Adjustment Act, a form of status that requires an entry to the US on parole. If a pro bono attorney is interested in his case but is unable to attend the upcoming hearing, the attorney could request that the court recalendar the case for a date that works for the attorney’s schedule.

Ms. ML: Formerly-detained Mexican woman fleeing gang violence, and whose daughter was raped by the gang after she fled, seeking asylum representation (non-detained)

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & Convention Against Torture

Country of Origin: Mexico

Language: Spanish

Next Hearing: No hearing currently scheduled; released from immigration detention on May 31, 2019, awaiting scheduling of a master calendar hearing before the Denver (released) Immigration Court

Ms. ML is a Mexican woman who fled after a gang targeted her for extortion. After she fled, and while she was in immigration detention, the gang raped her 14-year-old daughter. Ms. ML’s former abusive partner also has ties to organized crime. Ms. ML’s mental health has suffered as a result and she struggled significantly while in immigration detention. A RMIAN attorney represented her while she was detained and obtained her release. She is now awaiting scheduling of a master calendar hearing before the Denver (released) Immigration Court. She seeks a pro bono attorney to represent her in her asylum claim.