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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.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the Washington Dream Act Coalition will host community forums in light of today’s announcement. Immigration attorneys will be on hand to answer questions and help individuals with DACA who need assistance with renewal applications if their work permits expire on or before March 5. Event is free. RSVP at www.nwirp.org/daca

 

 

There are two funding opportunities available:

LEGAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES

Metropolitan King County Council has approved additional, critical funding for legal assistance available to support immigrant and refugees in King County. The appropriation of $250,000 is added to the $300,000 passed by the Council on April 17, 2017, bringing the County’s total investment in legal assistance for immigrants and refugees in 2017 to $550,000. This funding has been made available, in partnership and coordination with the City of Seattle, to non-profit organizations that provide legal representation services and community navigation services for legal representation to King County residents who are in detention, facing deportation or in danger of losing their immigration status.

“Our work to support these communities, integral to the economic, social and cultural fabric of our region, will never be finished,” said Council Chair Joe McDermott. “This additional investment by the county to support legal services for immigrants and refugees is incredibly important in the face of increased divisive rhetoric and actions by the current Presidential Administration. Everyone who lives in King County should feel safe and welcome, and this investment will help those who are most vulnerable.”

The total investment to support immigrants and refugees by King County in 2017 now totals $1,000,000 which includes the Resilience Fund developed in partnership with the Seattle Foundation and additional funding for community organizations to develop culturally appropriate educational and informational materials for the diverse immigrant and refugee communities in King County.

Up to $1.45 million will be awarded to one or more agencies for legal representation, and up to $100,000 for Community Navigation services, to one or more agencies.

These grants will be awarded for a term of 15 months, from September 30, 2017 to December 31, 2018. The submission deadline is 5 pm, July 12, 2017.

For more information please click here to read the RFP for Legal Services Fund. And click here to read the RFP for Community Navigators Services.

Please contact Katherine Cortes, Finance & Operations Manager, Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, for any questions related to the application process. Applicants may email questions until 5 pm, July 5, 2017.

Katherine.Cortes@Seattle.gov
206.733.9116

GET ACTIVE/STAY ACTIVE

From the office of King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, grants are now available to support sports programs and physical fitness activities serving the residents of King County Council District 6. The goal of Get Active/Stay Active Grants is to help youth, adults and seniors participate in physical activities that promote health and wellbeing.  Grants are expected to range between $10,000 and $25,000, although amounts outside that range will be considered.  Please complete and submit the attached application form by July 10, 2017.  Funds will be distributed on a competitive basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Local government organizations and 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to apply.

Types of programs:  Grant proceeds can be used for a wide variety of programs, but must involve amateur sports or physical fitness activities.  Examples include organized team sports, fitness programs, physical activities for youth, seniors or people with disabilities and many others.

Types of expenses:

  • Program implementation costs such as coaching, space rentals, etc.
  • Camp and program fee scholarships
  • Athletic and fitness equipment
  • General operating costs, to a limited extent and only if linked to specific programs
  • Capital projects are eligible

Service area:

Programs must serve residents of King County District 6, which includes all of Mercer Island, Beaux Arts, Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, and Yarrow Point and parts of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell, Woodinville and the Sammamish Valley.  If you do not know whether your service area includes District 6, King County provides a district finder based on mailing address.  http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/councilmembers/find_district.aspx

How to Apply

By July 10, 2017, email a cover letter and a completed application form to Joe.Cunningham@kingcounty.gov.

If you have questions, please contact Joe Cunningham at the email above or by phone at 206-477-7774.

Additional information or a tour may be requested after applications have been received.

Successful applicants will complete a contract with the King County Parks and Recreation Division, which administers the funds.  Funds should be available in the late Fall of 2017.

Physical activity is essential to our health and wellbeing and I am excited to see what we can do as a community to encourage people to Get Active and Stay Active!

Bellevue Police just released a video in English and Spanish reiterating their stance on enforcement of immigration law — they don’t do it.

Please share widely throughout the community!

To report and collect information centrally information on immigration activity and situations in which community members have been detained by immigration agents anywhere in Washington, call this new hotline number to staffed by a live volunteer 7 days a week, from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.

More info here in English and Spanish.

A quick and interesting read highlighting 3 main points:

  1. The orders are making virtually every undocumented person a priority for deportation.
  2. They seek to maximize existing programs that allow deportation of individuals without basic due process.
  3. Most documents that offered guidance on prosecutorial discretion have been rescinded.

Read here: Trump’s immigration executive orders: The demise of due process and discretion