RMIAN is hiring for two Immigration Detention Attorney Fellowships to represent Denver residents held in immigration detention in Colorado.
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.
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.
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 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.”
Photo: Sarah Jackson
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.”
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.