RMIAN has an immediate opening for a Detention Program Pro Bono Coordinator to expand pro bono representation rates at the civil immigration detention center in Aurora, Colorado. This is a two-year Fellowship position, with the potential for more permanency.
“We have multiple quarantines in both facilities,” said Laura Lunn, Managing Attorney of RMIAN’s Detention Program, which conducts intakes at Aurora five days a week. Lunn explained that the residents sleep in dorms, so if one is sick his whole dorm faces a quarantine, which typically lasts about a month. “When there’s a quarantine, attorneys cannot meet in person with their clients so there’s only telephonic access, and the people who are quarantined can’t go to court.”
RMIAN has seen an exponential increase in the detained population in Aurora. Laura Lunn, Managing Attorney of RMIAN’s Detention Program, notes that, “Ordinarily we see about 100 people a week. We saw about 100 people on Friday of last week. We have about 700 people on our list to see.”
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RMIAN works closely with the Human Rights Clinic at Denver Health to ensure that asylum seekers in Colorado have access to physical and mental health evaluations. “We see that for our clients, these evaluations can often mean the difference between winning and losing a case,” says RMIAN Executive Director, Mekela Goehring.
The 14th Annual Immigrant Liberty Awards, themed "We All Belong," will be held Friday, April 12, in Denver and feature a dinner, a silent and live auction, and the Immigrant Liberty Awards Ceremony. Purchase your tickets today!
RMIAN is hiring for two Immigration Detention Attorney Fellowships to represent Denver residents held in immigration detention in Colorado.
Federal agencies that adjudicate immigration matters may operate differently during the government shutdown. For all current and prospective RMIAN pro bono attorneys, click here to learn more about how the government shutdown may affect your case and clients.
Around 90 percent of those detained at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Aurora, Colorado, don’t have a lawyer. Denver is trying to improve that statistic. The city officially opened a fund in November for people who can’t afford legal representation in their immigration cases. RMIAN will receive funding and hire two full-time attorneys through this initiative.
The SAFE Network is a diverse group of local jurisdictions dedicated to providing publicly funded representation for people facing deportation. This short video describes the need for and impact of SAFE from the perspective of network members and those directly impacted—local government leaders, attorneys, and clients.
Artist Calvin Lee will donate 90 percent of the money he makes during December’s First Friday Art Walk to the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, which provides free legal services to immigrants in the United States.
Calvin Lee, lawyer, artist, and RMIAN volunteer attorney, recently went to the Greek island of Lesvos to help refugees landing at night on rafts. On Friday, December 7, Calvin will be showing refugee art in watercolor and oil inspired by his experience. Join Calvin and RMIAN staff members for wine, appetizers, and art this Friday in Denver.
At a time when harsh immigration policies are disrupting our community, separating children and parents, and increasing detention and deportation, the City and County of Denver celebrates the successes of the first year of work with the Vera Institute of Justice’s Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Network. The SAFE Network is a diverse group of a dozen cities and counties across America dedicated to providing publicly-funded universal representation for people facing deportation and to build evidence for its effectiveness.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, The Denver Foundation and the Vera Institute announced the first $377,000 in grants from the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund. The grants will support RMIAN and other local grantees in providing access to legal representation for qualified individuals in immigration detention and facing deportation and those seeking assistance in such areas as citizenship and asylum-seeking or renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
RMIAN seeks volunteer interpreters to provide critical language skills to clients in need. RMIAN pairs volunteer interpreters of all languages, though mainly Spanish, with volunteer attorneys to allow for attorney-client communication. RMIAN will hold a Volunteer Orientation on Monday, October 15, in Denver. Information here.
On Wednesday, October 3, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and members of his community commissions honored 10 individuals and organizations, including RMIAN, with 2018 Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards.
RMIAN Staff Attorney Natalie Petrucci recently spent a week volunteering with families detained in Dilley, Texas. Here she provides a reflection of her time in Texas and the ways in which family detention has lasting effects on the families RMIAN works with here in Colorado.
RMIAN’s Ashley Harrington will be presenting at two upcoming events. Details below.
Colorado Bar Association/Denver Bar Association lunch training on Friday, September 21. Intersections Between Family Law and Immigration Law: Special Juvenile Status (SIJS) Training
The Office of the Child’s Representative Fall Conference on Monday, September 24: Beyond the GRID: Integrating Law & Social Science to Improve Outcome for Children, Youth & Families
Save the Date! The Rocky Mountain Conference on Immigration & Naturalization Litigation will be held on Friday, October 12, in Denver. This year’s conference features expert advocates and academics from across the country providing cutting edge advice on litigation. Register here.
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law will hold an event in its Crimmigration Law & Policy Series on Monday, September 17, in Denver. The event is free and open to the public and runs from 12:00-1:00pm. More information can be found here.
RMIAN’s Executive Director, Mekela Goehring, will participate in a panel discussion following four short films about immigration detention at the Sie FilmCenter on the evening of Tuesday, September 11. The event is part of a Social Change Through Film initiative coordinated by GoodCinema. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Representatives from RMIAN and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) will be providing a training on Immigrant Law & Policy next Friday, August 31, in Greeley. The event is sponsored by Centennial BOCES. More information on the training can be found here.
Local activists organized an event on Sunday, August 12, entitled Act Global, Stay Local that helped to raise $3,000 for RMIAN and the clients it serves. The event was held at Improper City in Denver and featured food, drinks, games, live music, and a silent auction. Thanks to the venue and organizers for the support and for executing such a great event. See event photos here.
RMIAN, along with the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, will host a full-day CLE in Denver on Wednesday, September 26. The training will provide attendees with the keys to zealous immigration advocacy and dive into immigration enforcement, detention and bond practices, protections for immigrant crime victims, asylum law, special immigrant juvenile status, and working with experts to build your case. Information here.
On the first Friday of every month, Open Media Foundation holds a free community event, Open Music Sessions (OMS), at the Denver Open Media studios (near the Santa Fe Art Walk) that spotlights local performance groups, comedians, musical acts, and nonprofit organizations. On August 10th, RMIAN’s Jessica Burnett spoke about RMIAN’s work at OMS. Thanks to The Denver Foundation and the Open Media Foundation for the opportunity to highlight RMIAN and its work in the community.
RMIAN is honored to be named a recipient of a Spring Intercultural Champion Award, presented by the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning. The annual award ceremony celebrates the rich cultural, social, and economic contributions that immigrants and refugees bring to Colorado. The award ceremony serves as a fundraising event for the Spring Institute and is open to the public. The event will be held on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, in Denver. Register to attend here.
RMIAN’s Laura Lunn discusses the trauma her clients endure and RMIAN Board Member & psychologist Donna Peters speaks to the high levels of trauma family separation causes with PBS FRONTLINE.
RMIAN’s Laura Lunn discusses navigating her clients and other parents being moved to Texas over the weekend. “It’s treating them like they’re not human, and shipping them around the country from place to place is disorienting especially once they have set roots here, where we have been able to connect them with so many people that are willing to help.”
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Over the weekend, dozens of immigrant parents who were held in a federal detention center in Aurora after being separated from their children at the border under the recent “zero tolerance” policy were transferred to Texas. These parents include dozens who are working with RMIAN attorneys and volunteers who now find themselves located far away from the “lawyers who know their cases and are fighting for them to stay in the United States.”
Asylum-seekers are fleeing chilling violence and threats. They deserve help, not inhumane, sometimes terrifying treatment at family detention centers.
Founded in 2014, Changemaker Chats is a non-for-profit organization that equips women with the networks and know-how to be more effective at work, at home, and in their community. Changemaker Chats' staple event is its off-the-record “chats” with female leaders, ranging from C-suite professionals to entrepreneurs, to writers, artists, and more.
RMIAN Executive Director, Mekela Goehrng, will be the guest of a Changemaker Chat in Boulder on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Register here.