On today’s edition of “A Public Affair”, KGNU’s Rossana Longo-Better speaks with Mekela Goehring, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network and Carly Howenstein, RMIAN’s Legal Assistant for the detention team at RMIAN. They discussed a range of issues and challenges faced by those currently undergoing immigration proceedings in Colorado.
RMIAN’s work provides legal and social services to individuals in immigration detention and to children and families in immigration proceedings. Simply put, without RMIAN’s work, thousands of individuals in Colorado, including many asylum-seekers, would be forced to confront a hostile and complex immigration system without having had the opportunity to talk to an attorney about their rights, and without an attorney to represent them and protect their best interests.
While much of the work RMIAN does is often challenging, each year RMIAN hosts the Immigrant Liberty Awards, to celebrate immigrants and advocates in the community and raise critical funds. This year’s theme, “Dare to Find the Light,” was chosen in recognition of the leaders in the immigrant and advocate communities who have shown great determination and, despite the many challenges, have fought to ensure justice and equity for Colorado’s immigrant community. This year’s event will take place virtually on Thursday, August 19th, from 5:30-7pm. Link to register: https://www.rmian.org/ila