The Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network (LDN) is now available to provide legal aid and information to vulnerable immigrants and refugees. To qualify for FREE Legal Defense Network assistance, you must:

  1. Be an immigrant in detention, facing deportation, or in danger of losing you immigration status;
  2. Live or work in the City of Seattle or live in King County; AND
  3. Have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty level.

The LDN consists of three nonprofit organizations acting as community navigators that can provide general information and eligibility screenings for immigrants. In addition, three nonprofit organizations in the network provide the direct legal services for qualifying applicants. Immigrants wanting to see if they are eligible for free legal services, should first call one of these community navigators:

Legal services are provided by:

FLYERS in Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Arabic, and Somali.

Additional resources for immigrants, including DACA recipients, are available on our website.

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ERIC membership is now open to individuals, organizations, cities, businesses, faith communities, neighborhood groups, and others. There is no fee to join, but we do ask for your commitment and participation. In exchange, we provide:

  • support, best practices examples, and resources for your efforts to increase welcoming and inclusiveness
  • opportunities for you to shape regional efforts by participating in pilot projects and giving input
  • information about how your work connects to various other efforts across East King County
  • opportunities to collaborate while ensuring that efforts aren’t being duplicated and that gaps in equity work are being addressed

PLEASE NOTE: the ERIC Connection meetings every other month are for members (and guests who are considering joining), so please review the membership information and sign up if you want to continue receiving invitations to the ERIC meetings.

This is a “refresh” for long-time participants of ERIC as well, so even if you’ve been a member, please sign up so we have a current list of active members moving forward.

UPCOMING EVENTS

API Candidates Forum: Thurs. Oct. 5th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: North Bellevue Community Center, 4063  148th Ave NE, Bellevue

Join Eastside Asian Pacific Islanders and 16 other community organizations co-sponsoring this event to hear what the candidates for the special election races in the 45th and 48th districts have to say. Discussion will focus on issues of concern not only to APIs but immigrants as well, documented or not. Refreshments provided.

MAPS-MCRC Walk for Hunger: Sun. Oct. 8th, starting at 1pm at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound

25% of funds raised will benefit the local work of MAPS-MCRC , Emergency Feeding Program, and Hopelink; 75% of funds will bring sustainable food sources to global communities through the work of organizations such as CWS, Mazon, Islamic Relief etc. REGISTER | DONATE

Esperanza Hope for Change: Wed. Oct. 18, 12-1pm, Pacific Tower in Seattle

This domestic violence fundraising event will support Consejo. Consejo’s Domestic Program provides quality intervention, prevention, and outreach services for non- or limited English-language proficient Latino survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.  REGISTER | DONATE

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will be opening their offices Mon-Wed this week (Oct 2-4) on a walk-in basis for any DACA recipient who is eligible for renewal and must submit their renewal application so it is received by immigration officials by Thursday, October 5. Renewal applicants do NOT need to make an appointment but can appear in person at the offices listed below.

As a reminder, DACA recipients whose work permits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 are eligible to renew their DACA status for an additional 2-year period but they must submit their applications so they are received by October 5.

Applicants who do not have the money to pay the application fee should come in.

Through a partnership with the Washington Dream Coalition, Mission Asset Fund and the Office of Governor Inslee, NWIRP can provide on-the-spot scholarships to cover renewal fees for at least the first 50 applicants who need assistance. NWIRP will also cover express mail costs for eligible renewal applicants to make sure their applications are received by immigration on or before October 5, but applicants must come to our offices as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday, October 4 at 1:00P in Granger and Wenatchee and 3:00P in Seattle.

We ask applicants to bring their current work permits, 2 passport-style photos and, if available, a copy of their approval notices and prior applications for the DACA program.
NWIRP offices:

All offices will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon and 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Mon-Wed Oct, 2, 3 and 4 for walk-in sessions. No appointment is needed but applicants may have to wait during busy periods.

Seattle Office
615 2nd Avenue Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Please share widely this info session TONIGHT

Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folkteller, educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer. For more than 25 years he was a resource specialist and counselor in the San Francisco Unified School District. He later became a consultant to private schools, working with students that had severe learning and behavioral issues. Lee Mun Wah is now the Executive Director of Stirfry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on issues pertaining to cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques.

East Shore Unitarian Church is hosting Lee Mun Wah on Oct. 14th for an all day workshop designed to build our capacity to use deep communication and loving conflict to build healthy relationships, organizations and communities.   

Saturday, October 14, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

East Shore Unitarian Church | 12700 SE 32nd Street Bellevue, WA  98005

Lunch will be served.

$20 per person for UUs, $30 for non-UUs.

Please register in advance or call the church at 425-747-3780.

 

You’re invited! Come to the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition’s next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd from 11-12:30 at the Together Center in Redmond. We’ll share our experiences of Welcoming Week so we can make it even bigger and better next year! Plus, get updates about local efforts related to making cities and schools more welcoming and inclusive and learn how you can get involved.

We want to hear from you! Come share what you’re doing in the community and any needs, issues, and trends you’d like us to know about. Feel free to bring business cards, flyers, etc. and don’t forget to bring a dish to share for lunch if you’re able.

Information . . .  Networking . . .  Support

ERIC Connection | Oct. 3, 11-12:30 | Together Center 

The Together Center is located at 16225 NE 87th St, Redmond, WA. Join us in the Rainier Room, Bldg A.