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Colorado immigration lawyer: Sandra Saltrese-Miller

Denver Immigration LawyerSANDRA SALTRESE-MILLER, an experienced  immigration attorney,  has fought for the rights of immigrants for twenty years. She has represented scores of clients in immigration court and federal court. Before opening her own immigration law firm, she was the supervising immigration lawyer at one of Denver’s most well established nonprofit immigration clinics, where she defended indigent immigrants against deportation.  This tough immigration lawyer also specializes in appellate litigation both in immigration law and criminal matters.

She filed the first Violence Against Women immigration case in Colorado. She co-counseled the first constitutional challenge against the government’s restrictive immigration legislation in the Tenth Circuit Appeals Court. See Jurado-Gutierrez v. Gonzalez.  This talented immigration lawyer successfully litigated the first illegal disclosure asylum case in Colorado, where she halted deportation of asylum seekers whose asylum materials were illegally disclosed to their country of origin. Ms Saltrese-Miller also specializes in professional visas for scientists, artists, and academic scholars.

Phone 303-442-8554, to schedule a consultation with this experienced immigration lawyer at out office in  Denver or Boulder, Colorado.

Sandra Saltrese-Miller graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado in 1978. She did graduate work in Anthropology towards a M.A. degree at the New School For Social Research, New York, NY, from 1978-1980. She earned her Law Degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1989, and is a member of the Colorado Bar, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout her legal career Sandra has focused on representation of noncitizens, and has also taught law at University of Colorado, School of Law, University of Denver, College of Law, and Naropa University. She has coordinated and presented myriad seminars and trainings on immigration law both for local and national audiences. http://www.lawline.com/cle/lecturer-bio.php?i=986c=1145  She has testified, advised and written opinions as an expert witness on immigration in many cases. She has been the Legal & Policy Director of Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, in Boulder, since November 2008 where she hosts frequent immigration clinics.

She is fluent in Spanish as well as proficient in French.


  • Contreras-Canche v Immigration and Naturalization Service 28 F3d112 (10th Cir 1994) (Abuse of discretion not to review all evidence in a Motion To Reopen.)
  • Jurado-Gutierrez v  INS  190 F3d 1135, 1148 (10th Cir 1999) ("The presumption against retroactivity remains the appropriate default rule.")
  • Nagahi v. INS, 219 F.3d 1166, (10th Cir 2000) (The court found that INS rules that attempt to limit federal court jurisdiction are without effect)
  • Huerta v. Gonzales, 443 F.3d 753, 757 (10th Cir. 2006) (Board of Immigration regulations are claim processing requirements and are not jurisdictional)

She also represented some of the first forced sedation victims in the United States.

See ROBERT LEVINS / Daily Journal

By Sandra Hernandez
Los Angeles Daily Journal Staff Writer, May 8, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Federal immigration agents at a Los Angeles detention center forcibly drugged immigrants while attempting to deport them… Now, civil rights and immigrant rights’ lawyers question why federal agents and public-health workers drugged two men with no history of mental illness or violence.
“The government’s conduct is truly horrifying and blatantly illegal because they are not allowed to forcibly sedate people who are not mentally ill,” ACLU attorney Ahilan Arulanantham said. “In fact, if this had happened in Baghdad, it would be torture.”… In Colorado, attorney Sandra Saltrese said two clients were sedated against their will and deported, including one man who spent three days sedated during his removal to Guinea. Neither man filed a complaint because they were outside the U.S.”


Immigration officials allegedly drugged deportees

An ACLU lawyer condemns the incidents in L.A. as 'horrifying.' Both men remain in the U.S. while appealing their cases.

By Anna Gorman and Greg Krikorian, L.A. Times Staff Writers
May 9, 2007

U.S. immigration officials sedated two foreign nationals against their will during failed attempts to deport them in Los Angeles, the men and their attorneys said Tuesday… It is inappropriate to give these kinds of injections and put people on aircraft in violation of the federal air regulations that prohibit the transport of drugged individuals," said professor Abraham R. Wagner of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. "It is not how America's constitutional democracy is supposed to operate in this century."…Though data on such cases are hard to come by, Arizona immigration attorney Dan Kowalski said the concern about deportees being drugged has been around for years. Kowalski said the practice is part of a disturbing pattern that immigration officials are using extraordinary — and unnecessary — tactics to deport illegal immigrants who pose no danger.

"Because the subjects are not citizens, they are fair game for abuse and mistreatment," he said.

In the last several years, Denver attorney Sandra Saltrese said, she has had two deportation clients who were allegedly drugged before being sent out of the U.S. In both cases, she said, the men were seeking asylum.

"These men were docile … they were not suicidal," she said.


Lemon Sponge Cake's Boulder-based choreographer makes triumphant return to Europe - Boulder Daily Camera


When the Austrian-born ballet dancer and choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl applied for a U.S. visa more than a decade ago, the government approved his application with uncharacteristic efficiency and assigned him the designation of "Alien of Extraordinary Ability." Thanks to Sandra Saltrese-Miller’s representation!

She also enjoys the great outdoors, especially backpacking and tracking elephant scat in the bush of northern South Africa.


Publications: Crime and Banishment, Colorado Lawyer, August 2000


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