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

BOND

Ms. BZ: Mother of 3 U.S. citizen children pursuing subsequent bond hearing based on approved I-130 petition
Relief Sought: Subsequent bond hearing
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Currently pursuing BIA appeal

42-year-old native of Mexico whose removal proceedings are currently on appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. BY entered the United States around 1997 and married a U.S. citizen; together they have 3 U.S. citizen children. She returned to Mexico in 2015 to consular process but her husband abandoned her and her petition for her green card. Ms. BY reentered the United States in 2017 and was detained in Eloy, AZ. She was found to have a credible fear of persecution but lost her asylum case before the judge. She is pursuing an appeal and seeks assistance requesting a subsequent bond hearing based on changed circumstances. Ms. BY now has an approved I-130 petition filed by one of her U.S. citizen children.

Mr. BD: Over 30 yr resident with 4 children, eligible for cancellation of removal and asylum
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar hearing on February 14, 2019

51-year-old native of Mexico who last entered the United States in 2006 but had previously spent over 20 years in the United States. He has 3 U.S. citizen children and 1 child with DACA status. He has a pending charge in Utah related to domestic violence but his wife supports him. He has a fear of return based on threats and violence from narco-trafficking organizations. He is eligible for release on bond to return to his family as well as asylum and cancellation of removal.

Mr. BG: 18-year-old asylum seeker separated from his mother at border, threatened by criminal organization after reporting uncle’s murder to the police
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on February 21, 2019

Mr. BG is a 18-year-old native of Honduras who entered the United States in December 2018 seeking asylum. Mr. BG entered the United States with his mother but she was deported at the border after they were separated. Members of a criminal organization killed Mr. BG’s uncle and then began threatening Mr. BG and his family when they reported the murder to the police. After Mr. BG and his mother fled to Mexico, the criminal organization shot another uncle of Mr. BG. Mr. BG is a member of an Evangelical church and believes the gang is anti-Evangelical as well. Mr. BG is eligible for bond as well as asylum and  seeks pro bono assistance.

Mr. BH: 19-year-old Honduran targeted by gangs when he refused to work for them.
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on February 19, 2019

Mr. BH is a 19-year-old native of Honduras who entered the United States in December 2018 after fleeing his home country. Mr. BH witnessed the murder of his parents when he was 10 years old but he does not know who killed them. Before fleeing Honduras, Mr. BH was targeted by gang members who wanted Mr. BH to help them sell drugs. They began threatening Mr. BH when he refused. Mr. BH is eligible for bond and asylum and seeks assistance with bond proceedings so that he may reunite with family members here in the United States.

Ms. BI: Salvadoran caravan member whose husband was murdered, suffered numerous threats from multiple gangs, as well as DV from subsequent partner
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: El Salvador
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on February 20, 2019 (no bond hearing scheduled, she withdrew her request and may renew it with the court at any time)

40-year-old native of El Salvador who entered the United States in December 2018 after fleeing her home country with the most recent caravan from Central America. Ms. BI’s brother is a member of MS-13 and Ms. BI received multiple threats from Mara 18, a rival gang. Members of Mara 18 followed Ms. BI and threatened to kill her because of her connection to her brother. In 2015, Ms. BI’s husband was kidnapped, shot, and murdered, presumably by gang members, and Ms. BI received warnings to stop investigating his death. Ms. BI was a victim of DV perpetrated by a subsequent partner and she fears he will harm her as well if she returns to El Salvador. Ms. BI is eligible for release on bond so that she may prepare her asylum claim outside of the detained setting furthering her trauma.

Ms. BJ: Young Honduran member of the caravan fleeing Mara-18 after cousin’s murder, father murdered in Honduras during journey to the United States, husband also seeking asylum
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Calendar Hearing on May 9, 2019 (no bond hearing scheduled, she withdrew her request and may renew it with the court at any time)

23-year-old native of Honduras who entered the United States in December 2018 travelling with the caravan from Central America. Her husband traveled to the United States a few months earlier and is also seeking asylum in Miami. Ms. BJ’s cousin, a member of the military, was murdered three years ago. She attempted to report the crime to the police but most of the perpetrators were not prosecuted and she remained in fear. Ms. BJ wanted to flee with the caravan but Mara 18 told her she needed their permission. She proceeded anyway and Mara 18 members murdered her father while she was on her way to the United States. Ms. BJ is eligible for bond and hopes to be released so that she may locate her husband while pursuing her asylum claim.

Mr. BK: Honduran asylum seeker attacked by gang members after they murdered his girlfriend
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Honduran
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on March, 4, 2019 (no bond hearing scheduled, he withdrew his request and may renew it with the court at any time)

22-year-old native of Honduras who entered the United States in January seeking asylum. Mr. BK fled Honduras after his girlfriend was murdered by gang members after she resisted an attempted rape. They later attacked Mr. BK and threatened to kill him. Mr. BK did not feel safe reporting the crimes to the police because he believes they work with the gangs. Mr. BK is hard of hearing and seeks assistance with his bond proceedings so that he may pursue his asylum claim outside of detention.

Mr. BL: 15 year resident and father with full custody of 3 children, wife suffers from schizophrenia, son is disabled
Relief Sought: Bond
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Case not yet filed with the court

33-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States without inspection in 2004. He is currently separated from his U.S. citizen wife and has full custody of their three children. Mr. BL’s wife suffers from schizophrenia and has been convicted of DV for attacking Mr. BL. Mr. BL seeks pro bono assistance with his bond proceedings as soon as possible so that he may be reunited with his children and pursue his claims for cancellation of removal, a U visa, and protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

PAROLE

Mr. PL: Young Mexican asylum seeker with sexual orientation claim
Relief Sought: Parole
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Case not yet filed with the court

21-year-old native of Mexico who entered the United States in November 2018 seeking asylum. Mr. PL was previously transferred to the Teller County jail and recently returned to the immigration detention facility in Aurora. Mr. PL was found to have a credible fear of persecution if forced to return to Mexico due to his sexual orientation. Mr. PL seeks assistance with his parole request so that he may reunite with family and pursue his asylum claim.

MERITS

Mr. MW: 18-year-old asylum seeker and victim of trafficking, pregnant U.S. citizen girlfriend
Relief Sought: Asylum, withholding of removal, CAT, T Visa
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Calendar Hearing on March 20, 2019

Mr. MW is an 18-year-old asylum seeker from Honduras who entered the country without inspection in 2016 as a minor. Mr. MW fled Honduras after gang members attempted to rape his brother's girlfriend. The gang members began threatening to kill Mr. MW's entire family after Mr. MW's brother fought off the gang members. After being detained by immigration officials as a minor, Mr. MW fled custody and then was trafficked by an older man and forced to sell drugs. Mr. MW has a pending drug possession charge related to the trafficking situation. Mr. MW's girlfriend is a U.S. citizen in Denver and is pregnant with their child.

Mr. MF: Father of 4 U.S. citizen children victim of torture from Zeta cartel
Relief Sought: Withholding of Removal, CAT
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Calendar Hearing on March 28, 2019

39-year-old native of Mexico who last entered the United States in 2014. He previously entered the country in 1997 but was deported in 2009. Mr. MF has 4 U.S. citizen children between the ages of 8 months and 18 years old. Mr. MF was previously tortured in Mexico for 3 days by the Zeta cartel because they believed he worked for a rival organization. He was beaten severely for three days and hid in the countryside for six months after he managed to escape. He was convicted of possession of a controlled substance 10 years ago and reports a recent DV arrest. Mr. MF fears he will be killed by the Zeta cartel if he returns to Mexico and seeks assistance with his withholding claim.

Mr. MI: Asylum-seeker whose sister was tortured and nephew was killed by La Linea
Relief Sought: Asylum, withholding of removal, CAT
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing: Individual Calendar Hearing on May 13, 2019

41-year-old native of Mexico who most recently entered the United States in 2014 fleeing violence from La Linea criminal organization. Mr. MI previously entered the United States in 2000 and took voluntary departure in 2014. La Linea tortured Mr. MI's sister, killed his nephew, and threatened other members of his family. He was previously convicted of domestic violence and driving under the influence. His sister lives in Greeley, CO and is also seeking asylum at the non-detained immigration court in Denver. Mr. MI seeks assistance with his asylum claim before the detained court in Aurora.

Mr. MJ: Anglophone Cameroonian arrested and tortured by gov't for demonstrating in support of Anglophone rights/independence
Relief Sought: Asylum, withholding of removal, CAT
Country of Origin: Cameroon
Language: English
Next Hearing: Master Calendar Hearing on February 11, 2019

41-year-old native of Cameroon who entered the United States in January 2019 seeking asylum. Mr. MJ was arrested and tortured by the police on two separate occasions for demonstrating in support of Anglophone Cameroonian rights. His brother was also murdered. Mr. MJ wants to pursue his asylum claim in detention rather than pursue release on parole and seeks assistance with this asylum claim before the immigration court.