We believe that justice for immigrants means justice for all.
November 11, 2016
In the face of the election of a presidential candidate who has promised devastating
changes to our nation’s immigration policies, the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy
Network (RMIAN) stands more committed than ever to working for justice for all. RMIAN
will continue to fight tirelessly to advance the legal rights of our fellow Coloradans with
immigrant backgrounds, particularly children throughout the state and adults in
immigration detention. We stand in solidarity with immigrant communities throughout
Colorado and the United States. We stand for inclusion, equality, and justice and will fight
for due process and equal access to justice for all.
“RMIAN’s commitment to the dignity and rights of the most vulnerable immigrant
populations in Colorado, including children and detained adults, has never wavered,
regardless of the political climate. This election will only deepen that commitment,” said
Founding Board Member Hiroshi Motomura.
Although the RMIAN community staunchly opposes the anti-immigrant measures
advocated by the incoming administration, RMIAN is gratified by the resounding support of
Coloradans who reject an agenda of hatred. Community members from all walks of life
have stepped up in unprecedented numbers since the election to support RMIAN’s mission
of ensuring justice for immigrants, and fighting the hatred, racism, misogyny and
xenophobia it generated.
RMIAN Attorney Elizabeth Zambrana states, “We are working tirelessly to ensure
that our clients and immigrant communities everywhere are protected and prepared for
the challenges that lie ahead. RMIAN will educate current and former DACA clients, service
providers, community organizations and the general public to ensure that Colorado
communities receive accurate information about their rights and how to protect
themselves and others. We will use all legal tools at our disposal to secure the rights of the
most vulnerable, as we always have. We stand in solidarity with immigrant communities,
not only as legal allies, but as neighbors, friends and essential community members. ”
Apart from the harsh agenda the new administration has vowed to bring to
Washington in January, 2017, RMIAN already is responding to an immediate immigration
detention crisis. The number of individuals detained at the for-profit GEO Group
immigration detention center in Aurora has nearly doubled since the beginning of October.
RMIAN is struggling to stretch existing resources to serve a vastly larger number of
vulnerable asylum seekers housed there, including hundreds of Haitians who have fled
Please consider supporting RMIAN’s work during this extraordinarily difficult
time. You can help in the following ways:
1) If you are an attorney, contact RMIAN’s Pro Bono Coordinator Alex Gavern at
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a pro bono case for a detained asylum-seeker or for
a child who will face complex immigration proceedings alone because they cannot
afford a private attorney. The need for volunteer attorneys is enormous. RMIAN
will provide you with a screened referral, detailed memorandum, professional
liability insurance, and a mentor.
2) Voice your support for humane immigration policies that represent RMIAN’s values.
3) Support RMIAN financially so we can fulfill our values statement, “We believe that
justice for immigrants means justice for all.” Donations may be mailed directly to
RMIAN at 3489 West 72nd Avenue, Suite 211, Westminster, CO 80030 or via
RMIAN’s website www.rmian.org
For additional information about RMIAN and ways you can help, please see
www.rmian.org or contact Executive Director Mekela Goehring at email@example.com
or (720) 370-9102.