Denver Post: Denver Mayor and City Council Chide Jeff Sessions Over Feds’ Suspension of Know-Your-Rights Program for Detained Immigrants

Denver Post: Denver Mayor and City Council Chide Jeff Sessions Over Feds’ Suspension of Know-Your-Rights Program for Detained Immigrants

Denver city officials have asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse the Justice Department’s decision to suspend a legal-advisement program for detained immigrants while it undergoes a cost-effectiveness audit.

Photo: Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Mayor Hancock, Members of City Council Urge Continuation of Legal Orientation Program

Mayor Hancock, Members of City Council Urge Continuation of Legal Orientation Program

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and members of City Council have submitted a letter to the Department of Justice urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to continue the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), a program the department plans to halt starting April 30, 2018. The LOP, which educates detained immigrants about their rights and provides essential information, counseling, and other services, is critical to helping immigrants make informed decisions about their cases.

CPR: Justice Legal Aid Review Complicates Colorado Immigration Advocates’ Work

CPR: Justice Legal Aid Review Complicates Colorado Immigration Advocates’ Work

Former RMIAN client, Alvaro (pictured above), was in detention five years ago after entering the country as a human trafficking victim from Mexico. Because of legal aid he received, he was able to fight his case and obtain a green card. He now works construction in Denver. Colorado Public Radio talks to Alvaro and RMIAN staff members about the Department of Justice's decision to suspend funding for the Legal Orientation Program (LOP).

Westword: DOJ Cuts Funding for Know-Your-Rights Trainings for Detained Immigrants

Westword: DOJ Cuts Funding for Know-Your-Rights Trainings for Detained Immigrants

Effective April 30, the Department of Justice is suspending funding for know-your-rights trainings at immigrant detention centers, including at Colorado’s sole detention center, in Aurora. Run by the private prison company GEO Group, the facility can house up to 1,500 detainees going through immigration proceedings.

RMIAN Deplores Trump Administration’s Ending of Legal Orientation Program

RMIAN Deplores Trump Administration’s Ending of Legal Orientation Program

Yesterday the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) learned that the Department of Justice is ending funding for the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), effective April 30, 2018.  The Legal Orientation Program provides essential legal information to individuals in civil immigration detention who are navigating complex immigration deportation proceedings, including here in Colorado. 

Beyond Borders: The Case for Pro Bono Representation in Immigration Proceedings

Beyond Borders: The Case for Pro Bono Representation in Immigration Proceedings

RMIAN Executive Director, Mekela Goehring, writes for The Colorado Lawyer's April 2018 issue. This piece is part of the Access to Justice Series, which explores the access to justice gap in Colorado. Contributions were made by Phil Barber, an attorney in Denver and longtime pro bono attorney with RMIAN.

RMIAN Executive Director, Mekela Goehring, Participates in Facebook Live Event with Mayor Hancock and Other Advocates

RMIAN Executive Director, Mekela Goehring, Participates in Facebook Live Event with Mayor Hancock and Other Advocates

RMIAN's Executive Director Mekela Goehring participated in a Facebook Live event on immigration on March 20, 2018, led by Mayor Hancock, and joined by panelists Jamie Torres (City of Denver), Juan Gallegos (CIRC), and Kit Taintor (State Refugee Coordinator). The group discussed the City's new Immigrant Legal Services Fund.

Denver Launches Immigrant Legal Services Fund

Denver Launches Immigrant Legal Services Fund

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver City Council, and members of the Denver community today launched the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund to provide access to legal representation for qualified individuals threatened with or in removal proceedings and individuals seeking affirmative relief - including DACA or DREAM Act-related relief.

Free Habeas Corpus Nuts and Bolts Webinar - 2/21/18

Free Habeas Corpus Nuts and Bolts Webinar - 2/21/18

Register for AILA's free webinar on nuts and bolts of habeas and how to use it to challenge immigration detention. This webinar is a five-part series, presented by AILA's Federal Court Litigation Section and the Immigration Justice Campaign.

RMIAN Accepting DACA Renewal Cases

RMIAN Accepting DACA Renewal Cases

It is unknown how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications, so individuals who wish to apply may want to do so quickly. Individuals who believe they may be eligible to apply to renew their DACA and who cannot afford a private attorney may contact the RMIAN's Children's Program for a free consultation by calling 303-433-2812. Individuals who can afford to are encouraged to consult with a licensed immigration attorney.