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Denver Immigrant Legal services Fund

The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund (DILSF) is a special project fund at The Denver Foundation.  DILSF was developed following an executive order signed by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in August 2017, pledging support for immigrants and refugees, including an estimate 55,000 unauthorized immigrants who live in Denver. Many of these immigrants work and are connected to family members with varying types of legal status. Legal status is the primary barrier to successful integration into the U.S. for immigrants, yet access to affordability of legal representation create significant challenges.

Click here to read an announcement about the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund from the City and County of Denver.

DILSF funds qualified organizations that provide direct legal representation to low-income, unauthorized individuals who are current residents of Denver and who are subject to potential deportation. Resources can also be used to help nonprofits expand the pool of pro bono or low-bono attorneys to provide assitance.

In 2018, The Fund distributed $382,000 in grants to four organizations: Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic, Lutheran Family Services, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), and University of Denver. As a result of funding from DILSF, these organizations have: provided direct services to hundreds of immigrants eligible for relief and/or non-detained removal defense, hired additional attorneys and expanded staff capacity, led naturalization and/or Know Your Rights workshops to the community, and successfully led 20 applications/renewals under DACA. A second round of grants will be made in 2019. Click here for more information and an update on the DILSF.  

Click here to support The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund.

**If you are a fundholder and would like to make a contribution from your fund here at The Denver Foundation, please click here. **

Grants Process

Grants are recommended by a seven-person Advisory Committee, which includes two directly impacted community members from the Immigration Resistance Table and one seat appointed by each of the following: The Mayor of Denver, Denver City Council, Colorado Lawyers Committee, a separate fundraising committee, and The Denver Foundation.

The Advisory Committee develops priorities and processes for the Fund’s grantmaking. Click here for the 2018 Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund Guidelines.