City Launches Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund to Aid Immigrants in Removal Proceedings and DACA/DREAM Act Assistance
Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Brings on Community Integration Coordinator - La Oficina de Asuntos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados incorpora a la Coordinadora de Integración Comunitaria
20 projects include affordable home repair, a celebration of military interpreters, a music and dance festival, and resources for women and children
The Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs and the Immigrant & Refugee Commission today announced the winners of the third annual Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant Program. Designed by the community for the community, the mini-grants fund projects whose goal is to break down barriers between Denver’s welcoming communities and the immigrants and refugees working to make a home here.
“Denver is and always has been a welcoming, open and safe city,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Everything we do works toward that end, including these mini-grants, which allow us to support community efforts that welcome immigrants and refugees into our neighborhoods and help build bridges where they matter most.”
The Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program provides twenty small grants to community groups that are raising each other up, creating spaces to share, learn and create real connections.
“This grant project reveals how much Denver residents are committed to developing community connections, highlighting the value we all place on creating bridges between our immigrant and receiving communities,” said Jamie Torres, director of the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs. “Residents are transforming their own personal understandings and providing space for all to feel welcome, valued and part of this city.”
The Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program was praised by the White House Taskforce on Immigrant Integration in 2015 under President Barack Obama and has been replicated in several other cities across the country as a best practice for channeling community creativity for greater immigrant integration goals.
The 20 mini-grants for 2017 include funding for five projects that demonstrated success in previous grant cycles and have been renewed and 15 new projects that are receiving funding for the first time, for a total of $20k in grants awarded.
Among the successes from previous years are:
The new projects for 2017 include:
For a complete listing of the 2017 mini-grant recipients, please visit the Immigrant Integration Mini-Grants webpage by clicking here.
Join a community meeting to discuss our vision of a proactive sanctuary policy for immigrant community members here in Denver. Representatives from the Mayor's office and the City Attorney's office will also be in attendance.
The Meyer Law Office, PC, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, American Friends Service Committee, Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Colorado People's Alliance, Mi Familia Vota, and Together Colorado are hosting this meeting, which will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm at the Denver Inner City Parish (1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204).
Share the event with a flyer in both English and Spanish.
Today, Denver officials from the city, state, county courts and public school system sent a letter to the local Acting Field Office Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting ICE agents respect “sensitive locations” when carrying out their duties, especially at or near Denver schools or in Denver courthouses.
The letter comes on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security indicating on Tuesday that “it can’t promise that immigrants in the United States illegally won’t be arrested if they come forward to report they have been a victim of a crime or a witness to one” according to the Associated Press.
The letter, signed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, all members of Denver City Council, Denver County Court Presiding Judge Theresa Spahn, District Attorney Beth McCann, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg and Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson, expresses concern that recent ICE enforcement actions are inconsistent with current policies adopted by ICE in a memorandum dated October 24, 2011 and titled “Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations.”
Mindful of the fear and trepidation voiced recently by immigrant and refugee communities about interacting with law enforcement on public safety matters, the letter requests that ICE conduct its enforcement actions in accordance with the 2011 memorandum. Denver officials in their letter also request that ICE take certain measures around these sensitive areas so as not to potentially put by-standers at risk, hinder the prosecution of crimes or compromise police-community relationships vital to public safety.
See attached letter.
NEWS FOR LD7
Get all of the news from around LD7 here.