RMIAN will host an Orientation to recruit more volunteer interpreters on Tuesday, July 30, from 6:00pm-8:00pm, at RMIAN’s office in Westminster. If you or someone you know speak multiple languages (all languages welcome - Spanish most needed) and would like to help immigrants in need, please attend this Orientation and share with your networks. Additional information can be found here. Register here.
RMIAN’s Laura Lunn will present at a June CLE hosted by the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. The training, to be held on June 4th in Denver, will discuss ethical issues related to representing pro bono immigration clients. Register to attend here.
The Taco Passport is a fundraising initiative created with the goal of connecting communities, local restaurants, and customers while raising money for nonprofit organizations. The Taco Passport is a booklet compiled of 2-for-1 coupons from some of the best local taquerias, restaurants, and food trucks in town. A portion of the proceeds raised from Taco Passport sales will be donated to RMIAN. Get your Passport today!
Save the Date and Please Join Us on Wednesday, May 15, from 5:00-10:00pm for a Happy Hour at Hogshead Brewery in Denver. 20% of proceeds during that time period will be donated to RMIAN.
Thank you Rose Community Foundation for highlighting RMIAN's work at your 2019 Annual Breakfast. We are honored to receive your support!
RMIAN Celebrates the 2019 Immigrant Liberty Awards with U.S. Representative Jason Crow, Colorado Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, and Colorado State Representative Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
On March 28, Governor Polis signed into law Colorado House Bill 19-1042, Extension of Court Jurisdiction for Vulnerable Youth, creating vital protections and opportunities for immigrant youth in Colorado.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver awarded RMIAN the Small Nonprofit of the Year Award at the 32nd Annual Bravo Awards celebration, held March 23, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Denver. RMIAN is humbled by this incredible honor, and grateful for its important partnership with the Chamber. Pictured (left to right) are RMIAN Board Member Rachel Lee-Ashley, RMIAN Director of Development My Lo Cook, and RMIAN Executive Director Mekela Goehring.
“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.”
Photo: Anne Feldman
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!
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.
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.