The Campaign for Universal Representation For All aims to address one of the most urgent issues of access to justice in our state and nation today. In Colorado, ICE has detained thousands of immigrants and held them in detention centers, forcing many to face immigration court and detention without a lawyer. This injustice leads to ripple effects of family trauma, negative impacts on childhood development, employment losses, and costs to the state in foster care. Studies show that immigrants with representation are 10 times more likely to have successful outcomes than those who are unrepresented. We’re fighting for Universal Representation for All because we believe access to due process is a fundamental right in the US, especially in cases where someone’s freedom is taken away.
We’re seeking to expand the pilot program created through the Denver Immigrant Legal Defense Fund (DILDF) in 2017 to the statewide level. The DILDF administers a grant program to qualifying non-profit organizations that provide direct legal representation to noncitizens who are residents of Denver County. This fund would provide the same due process and dignity to individuals throughout Colorado. Please join the campaign to create a Colorado legal defense fund for immigrants!