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.

RMIAN Receives Grant from Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund

RMIAN Receives Grant from Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund

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).

Upcoming Presentations by RMIAN's Children's Program

Upcoming Presentations by RMIAN's Children's Program

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

The Rocky Mountain Conference on Immigration & Naturalization Litigation - Friday, October 12

The Rocky Mountain Conference on Immigration & Naturalization Litigation - Friday, October 12

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.

Local Activists Host Act Global, Stay Local Fundraiser for RMIAN

Local Activists Host Act Global, Stay Local Fundraiser for RMIAN

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.

Save the Date! RMIAN Full Day CLE Scheduled for 9/26/18

Save the Date! RMIAN Full Day CLE Scheduled for 9/26/18

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.

RMIAN Featured at Denver Open Music Sessions

RMIAN Featured at Denver Open Music Sessions

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 Named Recipient of 4th Annual Spring Intercultural Champion Award

RMIAN Named Recipient of 4th Annual Spring Intercultural Champion Award

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.

Boulder Weekly: Coloradans rally around immigrant parents seeking reunification with their children

Boulder Weekly: Coloradans rally around immigrant parents seeking reunification with their children

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