Immigrant & Refugee Resources

  • Immigrants and refugee icons We recognize that actions taken by the White House, including a new executive order restricting immigration as well as orders to increase immigration enforcement, are unsettling to many of our families. We want to reiterate our commitment to our students’ safety.
     
    We will do everything we can under the law to protect students and maintain a safe and secure environment for every student at school. 
     
     
    Here are resources to help immigrant and refugee families navigate this uncertain time. 
     

    Immigration Legal Services 

    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)
    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
    Website: nwirp.org
    Phone: 206.587.4009
     
    Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
    Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is a non-hierarchal collective organization founded for and by undocumented immigrants working to build community leadership and power for migrant justice through legal advocacy and education.
    Phone: 206.931.1514
     
    American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Referral Service
    AILA is the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys. More than 14,000 immigration lawyers are members of AILA.
     
    List of Organizations Recognized by Board of Immigration Appeals
    The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) adjudicates immigration cases in a careful and timely manner, including cases involving detained aliens, criminal aliens, and aliens seeking asylum as a form of relief from removal, while ensuring the standards of due process and fair treatment for all parties involved.
    Website: justice.gov
    Phone: 703.305.0289

    Immigration Advocates Network National Legal Services Directory
    The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them.
     

    General Legal Services

    Washington LawHelp
     

    Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington. This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court.

     
    Northwest Justice Project CLEAR Hotline
    NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.  
    Website: nwjustice.org 
    Phone (In King County): 211
    Phone (Outside of King County): 888.201.1014
     
     
     
    Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC)
    Legal Counsel for Youth and Children provides specialized, holistic legal advocacy for children in child welfare proceedings and other juvenile court matters.
    Website: lcycwa.com
    Phone: 206.494.0323
     
    Columbia Legal Services
    Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. They seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities they serve.
    Website: columbialegal.org
    Phone: 800.542.0794
     
     

    Discrimination in Employment, Housing, Others

    WA State Human Rights Commission
    The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to prevent and eliminate discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community. 
    Website: hum.wa.gov
    Phone: 800.233.3247 
     
    King County Office of Civil Rights
    The King County Office of Civili Rights aims to eliminate unlawful discrimination through education, mediation, and enforcement that is responsive to a diverse King County. 
    Website: kingcounty.gov
    Phone: 206.684.4500 

    City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights
    The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) advances civil rights and removes barriers to equity. 
    Website: seattle.gov
    Phone: 206.684.4500 

    Resources on Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

    Washington New Americans program (run by OneAmerica)
    The Washington New Americans Program (WNA) connects immigrants and refugees in Washington State to the information and legal services needed to successfully naturalize and exercise their civic voice. In the interest of changing a flawed system, we also advocate to reduce the structural barriers that keep many from achieving U.S. citizenship. 
    Phone: 877.926.3924
     
    Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Naturalization Program
    The Naturalization program provides citizenship services to legal immigrants who receive public assistance through cash, medical, or food assistance programs administered by DSHS.
    Website: dshs.wa.gov
    Phone: 206.568.5609

    Resources on Public Benefits for Immigrants

    Washington LawHelp
     
    Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington. This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court.

    Northwest Health Law Advocates
    Northwest Health Law Advocates is the consumer voice in the health care debate. We aim to improve access to health care for all Washington residents in furtherance of health as a human right.  
    Website: nohla.org
    Phone: 206.325.6464

    National Immigration Law Center – Economic Support
    The resources on this page provide information about eligibility and other rules governing immigrants’ access to federal and state economic support programs.
    Website: nilc.org
    Phone: 213.639.3900

    Resources on General Immigration Policy / Advocacy

    American Immigration Council
    The American Immigration Council is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. 
    Phone: 202.507.7500
     
    National Immigration Forum
    The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation. 
    Phone: 202.347.0040
     
    National Immigration Law Center
    The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. 
    Website: nilc.org
    Phone: 213.639.3900
     
    Detention Watch Network
    Detention Watch Network is a national membership organization that brings together advocates from diverse backgrounds to unify strategy, build partnerships and strengthen the movement to end immigration detention.