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Kolko Attorneys Participate in Artesia Pro Bono Efforts

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Earlier this month, our attorneys had an opportunity to participate in pro bono efforts, assisting detained women and children in Artesia, New Mexico, from the Denver Immigration Court.

Women and children refugees, fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, have been approaching the southern border, seeking refuge, in record numbers over the past several months.  Most cross into the United States, and immediately seek Border Patrol officers and request asylum in the United States.  They are arrested and taken into custody, and then transported to a “family detention center.”  Many families were placed into a facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where their cases are being heard via videoconference by judges at the Denver Immigration Court.

The facility in Artesia, New Mexico, was closed just before Christmas, and its detainees were transferred to another family detention facility in Dilley, Texas.

Just before the transfer, attorneys from Kolko & Associates, P.C., gave up one of our mornings to spend helping secure bonds for these mothers and children to be released in time for the holidays.  We spent our morning at the Denver Immigration Court, assisted by local volunteers on the ground in Artesia, arguing for the release of detainees.  In all, we successfully obtained bonds for all 14 of the families who were scheduled for bond hearings that day.

It was a wonderful way to spend our day, providing pro bono legal services to help families be released from detention before the holidays.

Bryon M. Large, Sr. is a Senior Associate Attorney at Kolko & Associates, P.C., a Denver-based full service immigration law firm. He is licensed to practice law by the Colorado Supreme Court and has also been admitted by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico. Bryon actively practices removal defense, federal litigation, family-based and employment-based immigration, asylum and naturalization.

Bryon is a past Chapter Chair for the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as a Past Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He currently serves as the President of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, an Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors, and is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Bryon’s true passion in life is being a father to his two children.

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