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Crowdfunder: Colorado organization rallies to provide legal representation for immigrant children being deported

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Campaign: Justice for Refugee Children

Last year, some 70,000 refugee children from Central America crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in order to escape atrocious acts of gang violence, domestic violence, and abject poverty.

Thousands more have already crossed the border in 2015. These children have no right to court-appointed attorneys and are forced, toddlers and teenagers alike, to maneuver the immensely complicated immigration system on their own.

In Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) works to correct this due process violation and provide skilled attorneys to represent vulnerable children in deportation proceedings.

With a small staff and a large number of kids in need, RMIAN needs additional support.

In December, the Colorado Bar Association announced a $50,000 Matching Grant to RMIAN for its work with these children. RMIAN has already raised more than $40k and needs help to make the final push.

RMIAN still needs to raise $10,000 to meet its goal. Per the Matching Grant, every dollar donated will be doubled, increasing the number of kids RMIAN attorneys can support in the coming year.

Data shows that refugee children with attorneys have a very high chance of winning their case and avoiding deportation, whereas an unrepresented child has virtually no chance of winning their case.

If you are moved by what these children are forced to endure, please share this with your community and watch how quickly contributions of $10, $20 or $50 can add up!

The campaign’s goal is $10,000 and ends in 22 days.

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