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The Colorado Hosting Asylum Network is an organization that adapts to a constantly changing political climate. We at CHAN are always watching the news to stay up to date with the most efficient ways to respond to communicate and host our guests. Here are the stories that mention our work in Colorado. 

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Border Patrol Sending Migrants
to Wrong Addresses
Updated: 10-24-2022

Video: BreakingOne 

By: Associated Press and BreakingOne

Posted on Oct 24, 2022

Recently interviewed by Associated Press and BreakingOne about our response to the recent migrant crises in Colorado, hear what Colorado Hosting Asylum Network's efforts are doing to change lives.  "Deuli Gonzalez and his family are celebrating a milestone: a lease to their first apartment in the U.S. The family crossed the US-Mexico border last month after fleeing life in Venezuela. Border officials gave them a Colorado address. They were told they could find housing there but what they found instead was an office building, not a shelter."

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Texas governor orders state to bus migrants to sanctuary cities, including Denver and Aurora
Updated: 9-9-2022

By: Amy Wadas

Posted at 9:21 PM, Sep 01, 2022

and last updated 6:42 AM, Sep 02, 2022

DENVER— Seventy-five migrants bused from Texas by Governor Greg Abbott are now in Chicago. This is all part of a strategy launched this year to share the influx of people coming into the U.S. with sanctuary cities across the country to protest President Joe Biden's immigration policies. Denver and Aurora are part of that list of sanctuary cities.

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What to know about the migrants arriving in Denver from the border?
Updated: 9-28-2022

By: Esteban L. Hernandez

Posted at Sep 28, 2022

Immigrant advocacy groups in the Denver area are scrambling to prepare for 50-100 migrants expected to arrive next month from the U.S.-Mexico border.

What's happening: Migrants are coming to Colorado as the southern border is facing an influx, overwhelming local shelters in southern states such as Texas. What they're saying: "The people who are arriving here without any contacts don't have anywhere to go," Denise Chang, executive director at the Colorado Hosting Asylum Network, told Axios Denver.

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios Photo: Herika Martinez /Getty Images 

Check Out Dr. Allison Glover’s Story
Updated: 10-11-2022

By: Voyage Denver

Posted on Oct 11, 2022

...We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?

I’ve learned that marginalized people without resources suffer the most. The pandemic made life harder for people, including migrants. Some of the asylum seekers that are coming to Denver, for example, don’t have a place to stay. CHAN and our network of partner organizations are hustling to find them temporary housing so that they and their children are not sleeping on the street. Neither the state nor the federal government is helping us do that. I hope that changes.

Photo: Coachworks Photography

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Updated: 11-05-2022

Photo: Timothy Hurst, Denver Gazette

By: Carol McKinley and Denver Gazette

Posted on Nov 04, 2022

Outside a Denver shelter Friday, whose location is being kept secret for safety’s sake, migrant children in sweats and borrowed gloves pelted one another with snowballs. Just hours into a cold place called Colorado they figured out how to build a snowman and decorated its head with a frozen autumn leaf.

These migrants seeking asylum crossed the Mexican-American border, turned themselves into the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The families are from Central and South American countries and most have relatives or friends in places like Burbank, California; Trenton, New Jersey and Miami waiting to sponsor them. For those migrants, Denver is a weekend transition point.

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Updated: 11-07-2022

By: The New York Times

Miguel Peñaranda, his wife and two stepchildren believed the long odyssey that began seven years ago when they left Venezuela had ended when they reached the United States on Oct. 6. But it turned out that some of their worst troubles had only begun.
After turning themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol in El Paso, the Peñarandas were placed in separate cells, for men and women, for what they assumed would be a day or two of processing their initial request for asylum. Mr. Peñaranda, 44, and his 18-year-old stepson were released three days later in Brownsville, Texas — but there was no sign of his wife or 20-year-old stepdaughter. An agonizing week went by before Mr. Peñaranda received a call from his wife, Heyllyn Yepez. “My love, I am so relieved to hear your voice,” he recalled telling her. She was sobbing on the phone. “We are in Mexico!” she said. “We were deported and sent to Acapulco.” The family was one of many who have been disrupted by the Biden administration’s abrupt closure of the border last month to the large numbers of Venezuelan migrants who had been making their way to the United States this year. The decision to expel Venezuelans under a pandemic-era policy that allows swift expulsions, previously applied mainly to Mexicans and Central Americans have had the unintended effect of trapping many Venezuelan families on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Updated: 05-07-2023

Photo: Kevin Beaty, Denverite

By: Stephanie Rivera, Kevin Beaty

Posted on May 10, 2023

"...CHAN founder Denise Chang, told us her small organization has settled 23 families into stable housing over the last year. They’ve taught people how to catch buses, how to get their kids in school, where to get medical and mental healthcare. A solid home, she said, underpins everything that comes next for the people they serve.

“Asylum seekers generally come to us with a significant amount of trauma, which is why they are asylum seekers. And so putting them in a private home with a family gives them the opportunity to rest and heal before they have to face all of the things that they’re going to need to do,” she said. “It gives them the emotional support and the stability to be successful.”

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