HAP IN THE NEWS

The Shepherd. Kristin Jones. Colorado Trust, December 19, 2016.

City Support a Welcome Relief to Migrant’s Stress. Katharhynn Heidelberg. Montrose Daily Press. December 8, 2016.

Muralist Add Color to the Riverfront Trail. The City of Grand Junction partnered with the Western Colorado Latino Chamber and Hispanic Affairs Project to add history and color to the Western Slope, please click here to read the article and watch a short video.

Artwork adds a splash of Color to Riverfront trail, The Daily Sentinel, October 16, 2016.

13 Candidates Take Oath of Allegiance. www.westernslopenow.com, June 17, 2015. Each month, U.S. District Court in Grand Junction conducts a naturalization ceremony welcoming new citizens to the United States. Thirteen people walked into U.S. District Court as citizens of nine different nations, but when they left, they were citizens of one. “It’s a very special day for me,” said Mariana Buys, one of the 13 who became a citizen….please click here to read the article and watch a short video. _________________________________________________________________________________ Department of Labor considers major challenges for guest sheep herders. KVNF Regional Newscast, June 5, 2015. ____________________________________________________________________________ Local nonprofit now provides legal aid for immigrants at low cost. KVNF Regional Newscast, June 3, 2015. ________________________________________________________________________________ Hispanic Affairs Project Lends Helping Hand to Low-income Immigrants. The Telluride Watch Online. June 4, 2015. A grassroots immigrant rights organization on the Western Slope announced last month that two of its staff members are now certified by a Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals to provide legal assistance to low-income families. _______________________________________________________________________________ Sheepherder Wages Would Rise Under Rule Proposal. The Daily Sentinel. Grand Junction. May 30, 2015. A Meeker-area rancher worries that proposed new federal rules governing use of foreign workers as sheepherders could shut the industry down, while a local advocate for the workers would like to see the rules go further. __________________________________________________________________________________ Hispanic Affairs Project Nabs Key Accreditation. Montrose Daily Press. May 29, 2015. “It’s very important for us, because on the entire Western Slope, there are no such services (from non-attorneys),” said Ricardo Perez, the nonprofit’s executive director. “HAP is becoming the first organization on the entire Western Slope of Colorado in receiving this approval from the Department of Justice. We are committed to doing our best, serving our community, representing individuals and families, especially low-income families.” Please click here to read more. ________________________________________________________________________________ Hispanic Affairs Project Recognized and Accredited to Offer Legal Assistance to low-income families & Question and Answer with Ricardo Perez on HAP’s accreditation. The Montrose Mirror,Issue 119, page 20-21, May 25, 2015 IS IT GOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO HELP ALL OF OUR CITIZENS ACHIEVE THE ABILITY TO WORK LEGALLY HERE? Most of the immigrants are already working, investing and paying taxes. There are business owners, and others who are working in sectors that most of the Americans are not willing to do, for example in the Ag business. Gaining an immigration status or work permit is good for our economy. Sadly, the conversation about immigration is not based on economic prosperity but on political interest. According to statistics, the majority is supporting the immigration reform, but having this decision in the hands of politicians is de-laying the economic opportunities and common sense. To read the article and Ricardo’s answer click here. __________________________________________________________________________________ Advocacy Group Offers New Assistance to Undocumented. The Daily Sentinel. Grand Junction. May 24, 2015. Hundreds of undocumented people living on the Western Slope will have a greater opportunity to apply for President Barack Obama’s deferred action on deportation, with the recent legal assistance accreditation earned by a local advocacy group. __________________________________________________________________________________ Two New Accredited Reps on Colorado’s Western Slope. LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom Immigration Law. May 21, 2015.  My friend Marketa Zubkova, originally from the Czech Republic, recently received her BIA accreditation for DHS petition matters. Together with Nicole Bernal Ruíz at the Hispanic Affairs Project, Marketa will continue to provide caring, competent representation to immigrants on Colorado’s beautiful western slope. __________________________________________________________________________________ Legal Assistance for Immigrants Offered. Gunnison Country Times. May 21, 2015. HAP requesting help funding new program. Two employees of the regional nonprofit Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP) recently became accredited to provide immigration assistance with family-based petitions to low-income families and individuals living in western Colorado…..click here to read the article. __________________________________________________________________________________ Hispanic Affairs Project Offering Immigration Services. WesternSlopeNow.com. May 7, 2015. The Hispanic Affairs Project of the Western Slope, a non-profit organization that provides help to the Hispanic community, has expanded their services by offering a legal assistance program. The program will now offer legal guidance to low-income families needing immigration assistance in an effort to help keep families together….click here to read the article.