Taco Passport to Benefit RMIAN

Taco Passport to Benefit RMIAN

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!

Town Hall Meeting in Fort Collins: Saturday, April 27

Town Hall Meeting in Fort Collins: Saturday, April 27

RMIAN Executive Director, Mekela Goehring, will be a panelist in a Town Hall Meeting on How Family Separation Impacts Our Communities Every Day. The Meeting will take place at the Old Town Library in Fort Collins on Saturday, April 27, from 1:00-3:00pm.

RMIAN Celebrates the 2019 Immigrant Liberty Awards with U.S. Representative Jason Crow, Colorado Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and Other Distinguished Guests

RMIAN Celebrates the 2019 Immigrant Liberty Awards with U.S. Representative Jason Crow, Colorado Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and Other Distinguished Guests

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

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver Selects RMIAN as Small Nonprofit of the Year

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver Selects RMIAN as Small Nonprofit of the Year

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.

VICE: ICE's Rapid Expansion Has Led to Chickenpox, Quarantines, and Desperation

VICE: ICE's Rapid Expansion Has Led to Chickenpox, Quarantines, and Desperation

“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.”

KUNC: Rep. Crow Visited Aurora ICE Site To See Facility Conditions, But Was Turned Away

KUNC: Rep. Crow Visited Aurora ICE Site To See Facility Conditions, But Was Turned Away

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

Westword: Denver Health Provides Free Medical Evaluations for Asylum Seekers

Westword: Denver Health Provides Free Medical Evaluations for Asylum Seekers

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.

CPR - The Immigration System Is A Challenge Without A Lawyer. Denver Wants To Change That

CPR - The Immigration System Is A Challenge Without A Lawyer. Denver Wants To Change That

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.

Vera Institute of Justice - Local Government on the Right Side of History

Vera Institute of Justice - Local Government on the Right Side of History

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.

Denver Celebrates One Year of the SAFE Network Providing Public Defense to Immigrants Facing Deportation

Denver Celebrates One Year of the SAFE Network Providing Public Defense to Immigrants Facing Deportation

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.