Colorado Health Foundation President & CEO, Karen McNeil-Miller, discusses the ways in which family separation can negatively affect the lifelong health of children and why the Foundation is supporting RMIAN in this critical time.
RMIAN's Executive Director, Mekela Goehring, speaks with CBS4's Rick Sallinger about RMIAN’s work with separated families.
Managing Attorney of RMIAN's Children's Program, Ashley Harrington, speaks with Jackie Crea from Denver7 News about RMIAN’s work with parents separated from their children.
RMIAN’s Megan Hope joins Kyle Clark from 9News Denver to speak about how families at a detention center in Aurora have been impacted by recent policy changes.
RMIAN’s Laura Lunn speaks with The New York Times about three detained mothers who have been separated from their children.
Photo: Sandy Huffaker/The New York Times
RMIAN’s Laura Lunn and other advocates will provide an update on ‘Family Separation and Family Detention at the Border’ next Wednesday, June 27th. The webinar is offered by the Practising Law Institute (PLI). Register here.
Three RMIAN clients, Guatemalan women who were separated from their children at the border, share their stories of family separation.
“The Executive Order signed today by the President trades one cruel policy for another, replacing family separation with prolonged family detention, and does nothing to address the nightmare that thousands of families remain separated, including here in Colorado,” said RMIAN’s Executive Director Mekela Goehring.
Managing Attorney of RMIAN's Detention Program, Laura Lunn, discusses family separation on FOX31 Denver.
RMIAN’s Laura Lunn tells The Daily Beast that numerous detained women she’s spoken to say they were placed in expedited removal proceedings without being asked by Customs and Border Patrol officials if they were afraid of returning to their home countries.
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Poor medical treatment contributed to more than half the deaths reported by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a 16-month period, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, Detention Watch Network, and National Immigrant Justice Center said in a report released today.
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Through generous funding from The Gateway Fund at The Denver Foundation, RMIAN has an opening for a one-year Immigrant Justice Legal Fellow in RMIAN’s Detention Program starting July 2018.
Slate adds RMIAN to a growing list of organizations helping families separated at the border.
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RMIAN applauds Governor Hickenlooper for his leadership in standing up to this cruel policy of separating families and for reaffirming that “Colorado is a safe and welcoming place for all of its residents, regardless of immigration status.”
RMIAN joins its partner organizations across the country in condemning this decision as an “affront to the rule of law” and yet another politically-motivated attack on those seeking refuge in the U.S.
The separation of mothers and fathers from their children as they seek asylum in the United States is not just affecting those at the border; this tragic and horrific policy now has arrived in Colorado.
Parents and children are being separated on the border as a matter of policy. Read the tragic story of José, 5, who landed in Michigan carrying just a trash bag stuffed with dirty clothes from his dayslong trek across Mexico, and 2 small pieces of paper: drawings of his family.
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The deal book provides discounts at 21 Mile High taquerias—and benefits three metro-area charities, including RMIAN.
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RMIAN joins the The American Immigration Lawyers Association in denouncing this harmful decision.
A taco passport is coming to Denver with two for one taco coupons from 20 of the best taquerias around. And while it costs $20, $15 of that goes directly to local charities, including RMIAN. Buy your taco passport here and spend your summer supporting RMIAN while eating your way around Denver.
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RMIAN Detention Program Senior Staff Attorney, Sarah Plastino, will speak at the Detention Watch Network's 12th National Member Conference, "Fighting Dignity, Justice, and Liberation." The panel, "Plenary: Immigrant Rights and Anti-Detention Work in Colorado," will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, May 18th, 2018. Ms. Plastino and other Colorado-based immigrant advocates will discuss local trends in immigration enforcement and RMIAN's efforts to protect due process and other rights in detention. Additional information here.
Why keeping the Legal Orientation Program alive is so important
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Two weeks ago the Department of Justice announced that it would end funding for the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), effective April 30, 2018. Today, RMIAN is proud to announce an important victory: the Legal Orientation Program will continue. In comments made today before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program will continue throughout the evaluation process.
ACLU of Colorado Staff Attorney Arash Jahanian sits down with Mekela Goehring, Executive Director of RMIAN, to discuss the consequences of ending the program and the most important things immigration detainees and their families should know.
U.S. Representative Jared Polis, 2nd District of Colorado, signed on to a letter urging the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to reverse its decision to end the Legal Orientation Program (LOP).
Denver city officials have asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse the Justice Department’s decision to suspend a legal-advisement program for detained immigrants while it undergoes a cost-effectiveness audit.
Photo: Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and members of City Council have submitted a letter to the Department of Justice urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to continue the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), a program the department plans to halt starting April 30, 2018. The LOP, which educates detained immigrants about their rights and provides essential information, counseling, and other services, is critical to helping immigrants make informed decisions about their cases.
Former RMIAN client, Alvaro (pictured above), was in detention five years ago after entering the country as a human trafficking victim from Mexico. Because of legal aid he received, he was able to fight his case and obtain a green card. He now works construction in Denver. Colorado Public Radio talks to Alvaro and RMIAN staff members about the Department of Justice's decision to suspend funding for the Legal Orientation Program (LOP).
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Effective April 30, the Department of Justice is suspending funding for know-your-rights trainings at immigrant detention centers, including at Colorado’s sole detention center, in Aurora. Run by the private prison company GEO Group, the facility can house up to 1,500 detainees going through immigration proceedings.
Yesterday the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) learned that the Department of Justice is ending funding for the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), effective April 30, 2018. The Legal Orientation Program provides essential legal information to individuals in civil immigration detention who are navigating complex immigration deportation proceedings, including here in Colorado.