Pro Bono Spotlight - Jeff Pearson

Pro Bono Spotlight - Jeff Pearson

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.”

Full Day Immigration Law Training in October

Full Day Immigration Law Training in October

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.

Asylum Law Conference - August 15 & 16

Asylum Law Conference - August 15 & 16

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

Volunteer Interpreter Orientation - Tuesday, July 30

Volunteer Interpreter Orientation - Tuesday, July 30

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.

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.