Mission: Rmian works to ensure justice for men and women in immigration detention and for immigrant children who have suffered from abuse, neglect, or violence.
Programs: In sum, in 2017, rmian provided 219 "know-your-rights" presentations to 2,348 adults in civil immigration detention in colorado, conducted 1,156 individual intakes, and provided 444 individualized and in-depth follow up sessions to individuals in immigration detention. Rmian staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys represented 128 new detention cases, in addition to ongoing cases. Rmian provided holistic support to 54 clients through its social service project. Rmian's children's program directly represented 395 children, and conducted 413 intakes and consultations. Rmian's children's program referred 160 cases to volunteer attorneys. Rmian gave 100 community presentations to over 4,783 community members.
I worked for RMIAN as a volunteer for only a few months, but they are a great organization doing important work. They give legal rights presentations to immigrants being held in the for-profit detention facility in Aurora, a service that otherwise would be denied to the detainees, as they are not guaranteed representation by the law. Most of the detainees don't speak English and don't know what's happening to them or understand their choices. RMIAN provides a wonderful service in making sure that people in this situation know their rights and options. Furthermore, RMIAN connects those with a legal right to stay in the U.S. with pro-bono lawyers who then represent them in court and help secure their right to stay in this country. It is a great organization with a dedicated and compassionate staff, and now that I no longer have the luxury of volunteering, I try to donate to them whenever my budget allows it.