Immigration Task Force
For almost 20 years, the Colorado Lawyers Committee has supported the efforts of the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center to provide low-cost immigration services to the local population, including overseeing services provided, training staff, and providing referrals to pro bono attorneys.
In 2018, the Task Force continued its assistance of IRC and also helped provide guidance to individuals at Legal Night seeking assistance regarding numerous issues, including the influx of unaccompanied children coming to the U.S., paths to US citizenship and the effects of the recent executive orders. The Task Force is exploring possible legal action to stop ICE (the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement) from making arrests at the courthouse, which has a significant chilling effect and makes victims and witnesses of crimes reluctant to come forward.
The group is also working with the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Colorado ACLU and others to assure that Colorado probation departments do not violate the rights of probationers by informing ICE of mandatory probation appointments, and is exploring how the CLC can support Colorado efforts to provide bonds for individuals in detention.
CLC continues to work closely with Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network and other nonprofits to provide training to non-immigration attorneys who agree to prepare detainees for Credible Fear Interviews (necessary before asylum can be granted) and to represent detainees in asylum and other immigration cases.
The Consulate Project
Provides pro bono legal consultation to immigrant victims of crimes who are referred by local consulates.
Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund Advisory Committee
CLC was asked to appoint a legal representative to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund, established by Mayor Hancock’s Executive Order 142, which affirms Denver’s commitment to stand with immigrants and refugees, and maintains Denver as a welcoming city where everyone can feel safe and thrive.
Immigration Task Force volunteers assist with the already-established Legal Night program in the area of immigration needs.
In response to the 2018 humanitarian crisis involving undocumented immigrants in Colorado and the dire need for pro bono legal representation for this vulnerable population, this free half-day program, co-sponsored by Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP and Polsinelli PC, trained attorneys to provide pro bono representation to asylum-seekers in Colorado. With a particular focus on representing children, as well as parents and other individuals in civil immigration detention in Colorado, the training was designed for attorneys new to immigration law and was free for attorneys who agreed to take a pro bono immigration case through RMIAN.
immigration task force Historical highlights
CLC is invited to appoint a representative to serve on the Advisory Committee for The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund established by Mayor Hancock’s Executive Order 142, which will distribute grants to nonprofits to provide legal representation to Denver residents for defense of removal proceedings and assistance with affirmative immigration relief.
CLC works with the CO Department of Revenue to provide guidance to individuals at Legal Night seeking assistance with Colorado Senate Bill 13-251, which authorizes the issuance of a Colorado driver’s license to undocumented individuals.
The Immigration Task Force co-sponsors free trainings for non-immigration lawyers to assist individuals to complete their DACA applications and to represent unaccompanied minors in Children’s Asylum and SIJS cases. Trainings are held for several years: More than 140 individuals attend the 2017 training.
The Immigration Task Force creates a program to provide immigration assistance to a growing population of immigrants in the San Luis Valley by offering guidance and training to the Christian Community Center in Alamosa (now Immigration Resource Center) for its critical immigrant assistance program, the only one in the area. The support continues today.