Denver Immigrant Legal services Fund
The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund is a special project fund at The Denver Foundation. The purpose of the Fund is to provide grants to qualified nonprofit organizations so that they can offer direct legal representation to immigrants. Grants will also support organizations working to increase the pool of attorneys available to represent immigrants.
The Fund was developed following an executive order signed by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in August 2017, pledging support for immigrants and refugees, including an estimated 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 and affordability of legal representation create significant challenges.
Managed by The Denver Foundation, The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund will focus on providing funding to nonprofit 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 assistance.
Click here to read an announcement about the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund from the City and County of Denver.
Grants will be recommended by an Advisory Committee that will consist of a total of seven members, including 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 Council is currently being assembled to develop priorities and processes for the Fund’s grantmaking. A call for proposals will be released when the Advisory Council completes their work later this year.
Click here for the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund Guidelines.
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