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Breaking free from the world of human trafficking

As a person travels through life, he or she may experience many emotions. Joy, sorrow, anger, excitement and others are all part of living a full life. However, if the emotion you have experienced most in life is fear, you may realize it is time to seek help, especially if the fear is because you are caught up in the horrors of human trafficking.

While each victim of this crime is different, many share similar qualities. Someone may have kidnapped you from your home, a family member may have sold you or someone tricked into leaving. Without question, you have spent much time afraid of what will happen to you and doing things you despise.

Obtaining temporary protected status

Escaping your native country may be the most difficult and dangerous decision of your life. Perhaps you desired to protect your family, and you worried for their safety every minute of the day. While you may want to return home, war, famine, an epidemic or some other extraordinary situation may make life there dangerous and difficult or make it impossible for you to even try to return. You may be eligible to remain in Colorado a little longer.

A federal humanitarian program allows provisional status to people like you from certain countries that are experiencing temporarily unsafe conditions. If you qualify for this program, you may be able to stay here in safety until circumstances improve in your country.

Can my sibling come to Colorado?

After fulfilling all of the requirements for naturalization, you finally reached your goal of becoming a citizen of the United States. Now, you want to bring your sibling to Colorado to live. For whatever reason, your sibling remained in your country of origin when you emigrated but has now decided to join you in the United States.

Your brother or sister dreams of becoming a U.S. citizen, and now that you are one, you may be able to make that dream come true. You had to wait until you took your oath of allegiance before beginning the process because, as a permanent resident, you could not file the necessary petition. Now, you feel that the time is right.

Is mandatory detention adversely affecting your life?

Immigration advocates have called for an end to a process they say is especially egregious toward certain groups of people living in the United States. Perhaps you're already familiar with mandatory immigrant detention, either because it was experienced by you yourself or one of your close family members. Mandatory detention has been legally occurring since 1988. Do you know that at least 70 percent of immigrants currently incarcerated are behind bars due to mandatory detention laws?

If you have a pending immigration case, you may be one of many immigrants in Colorado who are in jail without a long-term without bond. If you find the mandatory detention laws unfair and particularly harmful to the nation's immigrants, you are definitely not alone.

Living on the edge: Immigration and aggravated felonies

Since your arrival in the United States, you may have seen the attitudes toward immigration change with each new presidential administration. If a foreign national performs a heroic act, the press may tout all immigrants as heroes. However, if a foreign national commits a crime, suddenly all immigrants are criminals. You may sometimes feel that there is a great deal of uncertainty because of your immigration status.

Whether you have legal permanent residency or have no legal status in the country, if police accuse you of a crime, your biggest fear may be deportation. No matter how long you have been in the United States, the threat of removal is always over your head.

Getting the green light on a green card renewal

Renewing a green card that is either already expired or about to expire can be a complex process, and it may not go as smoothly as you would hope. Even if you have already walked through the complicated paperwork before, every immigrant may benefit from the assistance of an attorney who can help them navigate the bureaucratic process. 

You would be wise to take the necessary precautions to protect your right to live and work in the United States, and one of the ways you can do this is to secure legal guidance for the green card renewal process. An experienced Colorado lawyer may be able to help you avoid problems and deal with unexpected complications. 

What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States?

Undoubtedly, you had your reasons for deciding to come to the United States. You wanted a better or different life, and decided to settle here in Colorado. You got your green card, maybe got married and have settled into your life here. Now, as you reach the time where you can decide to pursue citizenship, you may be wondering what it means to be a United States citizen.

Citizens of this country enjoy many freedoms and also have numerous responsibilities, and many natural-born citizens may forget them periodically. However, as you embark on your quest to become a naturalized citizen, you may wonder about those rights and responsibilities and how obtaining them will change your life yet again.

Deferred action: Who is eligible?

Immigration is dominating headlines at the moment, and individuals facing concerns regarding status, visa applications and threats of deportation may be fearful and overwhelmed. If you came to the United States and to Colorado as a child along with your parents, it is understandable that you may have serious fears regarding what could happen to you and your family.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program began in 2012, allowing children of immigrants to have a measure of security regarding their own statuses. If you are one of these individuals, you need to know what this program means for you and how you can protect your rights if you currently face complications.

Does your immigration problem relate to one of these myths?

When you first came to Colorado, you were clinging to the hope that the United States was a safe place where you could improve your quality of life. Although you faced challenges along the way, you built a strong foundation and began raising a family while earning regular income and contributing to your community. Through it all, you were always a bit worried that somehow, someday, it would all come tumbling down and some type of problem regarding your immigration status would arise when you least expected it.

Immigration is definitely one of the most controversial topics of discussion in this nation. The trouble is, what many people think versus the reality of the situation are often two entirely different things. There are many myths circulating regarding both documented and undocumented immigrants and their families. No two situations are exactly the same; however, if you're currently facing a particular obstacle having to do with your status, it may help to be aware of some of the most common immigration misconceptions.

Love without borders

If you hold a green card, chances are you still have connections in your home country. You may have left behind parents, siblings, old friends and schoolmates with whom you keep in regular contact. However, if you are missing that one special person, you may have decided the time is right to get married and start your life together here in the United States. There is probably no reason to rush the wedding date since obtaining a green card for a potential spouse can be a very long, complicated process.

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