RMIAN is hiring a Children’s Representation Project Fellow. Come join our team!
Jeff Pearson came out of retirement to take a pro bono asylum case after a close friend told him about RMIAN’s work. Read about Jeff’s experience representing an East African man and helping him to win asylum and freedom from persecution. Jeff wants to encourage other retired attorneys to volunteer. “It’s important work,” Jeff says, “and there are many deserving clients who need your representation now.”
RMIAN will host a full-day training on Immigration law in Denver on Friday, October 18, 2019. The event, co-sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association Immigration Law Section, will train attorneys and advocates to represent children, families, and detained individuals.
Attorneys who take a pro bono case from RMIAN in the coming year attend the training for only $75. Full training details, agenda, and faculty information can be found here. Register today using this link.
RMIAN will be co-hosting a two-day training on asylum law at the University of Colorado Law School on August 15 and 16, 2019. The conference is free for pro bono attorneys who agree to take a case within the next year. CLE credit, including ethics, will be offered and all proceeds of the conference will go to RMIAN and IRC. Register and get additional information here.
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!