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Despite the session being paused and then shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic, we still managed a series of wins in legislation! We passed many key bills to support immigrants in Colorado, including SB20-083 which prohibits ICE from making courthouse arrests. We also gained traction with our campaigns for data privacy and the establishment of a Colorado Immigrant Legal Defense Fund, and killed an anti- immigrant bill run by Representative Williams!
Joint Statement: AFSC and CIRC condemn court decision to strip status of TPS Holders, Call on Congress to Act
Denver, CO (September 17, 2020) Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to lift the preliminary injunction in the case of Ramos v. Nielsen. This ruling allows the Trump administration to expel Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients. The terminations could go into effect as early as March 2021 for TPS holders from […]
The Guardian Pauline Binam asked to see a doctor because she was having abnormalities with her period. After nearly two years in immigration detention, she was worried that it was having an adverse effect on her health. The doctor told her that she had a cyst on her ovary and she agreed to a dilation […]
Statement: The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) Calls for Justice for Immigrants in Detention and the Defunding of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Denver, CO - A whistleblower from the Irwin County immigration detention center in Georgia reports a variety of medical abuses perpetrated against immigrant detainees by ICE officials including forced hysterectomies and “jarring medical neglect” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CIRC condemns these atrocities and calls for justice for detained immigrants, the immediate shutdown of every detention center, and an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Dear friends and allies of CIRC, At the end of 2019, we entered a time of transition from which we are now emerging.
Texas Tribune The U.S. government late Monday deported a crucial witness in an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual assault and harassment at an El Paso immigrant detention center, the witness’ lawyers said. The 35-year-old woman has been held in the facility, which is overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for about a year and […]
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition’s boards of directors proudly announce Lisa Durán as the organization’s Executive Director. After serving the organization as the interim ED for the past eight months, Lisa has accepted the full time role and will begin serving in this capacity immediately. This concludes an ongoing leadership transition process announced in January. […]
The Hill Nearly 350 migrant parents and children remain detained in facilities with coronavirus outbreaks nearly a month after a federal court ruled all children must be released “with all deliberate speed” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. A total of 346 children and parents remain detained in the facilities, despite District Judge […]
It goes without saying that 2020 has been challenging. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of life in Colorado while our state's immigrants and communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the crisis. Though CIRC's offices remain closed, we are working as hard as ever remotely to continue the fight for the well-being of all Coloradans. We have made important progress in our campaigns, advocacy, and relief work this year, and we are very excited for the 2020 Member Assembly that will convene virtually in July to select next year's legislative campaign goals. Meanwhile, we continue to fight for immigrant justice one zoom call at a time.
CIRC Statement: Supreme Court Sides with DACA Recipients, Providing Relief for Immigrant Youth and Their Families
Today, the Supreme Court announced a 5-4 ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cases, ruling that Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program was arbitrary and capricious.
Press Advisory: Supreme Court Sides with DACA Recipients, Providing Relief for Immigrant Youth and Their Families
Press Advisory Date: 6/18/2010 Contact: Cristian Solano-Córdova | (720) 434-4632 | email@example.com This decision emphasizes that DACA is right, and that for DACA recipients and their families: home is here. Washington, D.C. — Today, the Supreme Court announced a 5-4 ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cases, ruling that Trump’s […]
The Guardian On the first day of California’s “shelter-in-place” lockdown, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agents raided immigrant communities in Los Angeles. Different from other raids, they carried N95 medical masks to protect themselves from Covid-19. Also different from previous raids, the Ice agents broke state regulations that ordered everyone to stay home except to do “essential” […]
In light of the changing nature of COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) will be open for business but will be delivering our services through phone and video for the time being.
This year, immigrant, refugee, ally, and POC communities all across Colorado stood together in support of new, pro-immigrant leadership and laws our Coalition helped pass. We fought back against hate and fear: we began building a brighter future for ALL Coloradans.
The first thing I said to the Senator when we saw him was, “Let me plan my life out more than two years at a time.”
How will this scholarship impact your life? My ultimate goal is to work in health administration to be able to implement new policies or new programs to make healthcare more available to underrepresented populations. I got my bachelor’s in health advocacy, and now I’m doing a master’s in health administration. Getting this scholarship is such […]
Today I called someone, and they told me, "Yes, I’m a citizen now and I'm registered to vote." Both policy and direct impact work are very important to me, because one feeds the other. We’re supporting people on a process like naturalizing, which can be long and stressful, helping people get over this hurdle so they’re ready to vote and make their opinions and voices heard, to be civically engaged in more ways.
But when it comes down to the basics, it’s about me going from not being able to feel safe in saying, "This is who I am," to empowering other directly impacted people to see the power of their words, the strength in their words, and recognize that they can be part of the change.
“I’d say I’ve always been pretty involved with my community and so I don’t think necessarily my relationship with my community has changed. I would say now that it’s my full time job, it’s just kind of amplified. I wanted to get really involved and CIRC was an organization I saw really doing lots of […]