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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.


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.


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

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.

Thank you to all the organizers, hosts, co-sponsors, and attendees who made our 2nd Annual Welcoming Week a great success! We’re compiling information and stories about the events, and hope you can join us on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd for our ERIC Connection meeting. We’ll share our Welcoming Week experiences, discuss lessons learned, plus give updates on the coalition’s efforts with cities and school districts. We want to hear from you! In addition to Welcoming Week stories, are there trends or issues you’d like us to be aware of when it comes to welcoming and inclusion for all in our communities?

ERIC Connection: Tues. Oct. 2nd, 11-12:30, Location TBA soon! Please bring a dish to share for lunch if you can and business cards, program flyers, etc.

Here are some scenes from Welcoming Week 2017. You should be able to access directly without submitting your email address. If you have a problem, please try a different browser. Do you have photos to add to the album? Please send them to Debbie Lacy.

If you haven’t made it to an Eastside Welcoming Week event yet, here’s your last chance.

Some of these overlap, which was bound to happen with 30+ events, but we’ll try to do a better job of scheduling next year as we continue to grow.

Welcome America Health Fair

Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am – 2pm
Hosts: International Community Health Services and the Bellevue Family YMCA
Location: Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel Red Rd. Bellevue, WA

2nd Annual event! Connect with newcomers, international communities, and native U.S. residents while learning about lots of resources available.  Health screenings, healthcare, and legal information. Games from around the world for the kids. Free and all are welcome! (Chinese interpreters provided by Chinese Information and Service Center, Eastside Cultural Navigator Program, and Seattle New Chinese Immigrants Center.)

Playing for Change

Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-3pm
Host: City of Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network
Location: Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Join us for a new Photo exhibit of friendships across cultures and participate in interactive activities that provide an opportunity to meet, engage, and strike up a conversation with people from our diverse community. This family friendly event will include art based projects as a vehicle to better get to know your neighbor.

World Dance Party

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2-3 pm
Hosts: OneRedmond and City of Redmond
Location: Redmond Central Connector Park, Bear Creek Pkwy & 161st Ave NE

As part of downtown Redmond’s Rainfest, World Dance Party will feature multicultural dances taught by volunteer instructions, celebrating Redmond’s rich diversity of cultures. Everyone from all backgrounds and ages are welcome!

Around the World: Islamic Arts and Culture

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2:00-4:00pm
Host: King County Library System and MAPS (Muslim Association of Puget Sound)
Location: Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th St., Redmond, WA

Around the World @ the Library is a series of programs celebrating arts & cultures from around the world. Join us this month as we celebrate Islamic arts & culture with with Arabic calligraphy, a Hijab tutorial, Henna hand painting, and a children’s story corner. All ages welcome!

Musical Journey Around the World: Sing with Our Neighbors

Saturday, Sept. 23, 3:00-4:30pm
Host: King County Library System
Location: Kingsgate Library, 12315 NE 143rd St. Kirkland WA 98034

Take a trip with the talented trio, the Marianna Group, and explore many different countries through music. Featuring songs from India, China, Russia, Mexico and many more countries of the world.

Do you have photos from Welcoming Week events that you’d be willing to share? If you’re on Facebook, you can post them here or email them to Debbie Lacy.