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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 (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

This just out from the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs: newcitizencampaign.org. The site acts as a central hub for citizenship events, programs, services, and information for the Seattle-King County community.

Lots of events and workshops listed here!

 

As we heard yesterday from King County, the Seattle Foundation is launching a Resilience Fund, at least $350,000 of which will be used to support services for immigrants and refugees. The first deadline is coming up on June 26, so get your applications in soon!

Several Eastside organizations are providing high quality, critical services to immigrants and refugees, and other vulnerable populations. ERIC is working to support a collaborative approach where members participate in joint decision making about the community’s needs and the best resources to meet those needs. As a coalition, we support all our members to thrive in providing the services they are uniquely qualified to provide. If you’re proposing a new resource or service for this funding opportunity, please consider reaching out to us so we can ensure that multiple proposals aren’t submitted to provide the same types of services to the same parts of our community.

ERIC will offer limited technical assistance to the Eastside organizations applying for funding, particularly to smaller organizations that do not have fund development staff and/or who have not yet secured sustainable funding.

To coordinate ideas for grant proposals and to request technical assistance, contact Debbie Lacy, the ERIC Director.

For those thinking of naturalizing but have past criminal histories, some important information from our friends at the Immigrant Defense Project, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Two documents from Penn State Law developed in the last 24 hours. These are living documents and will be updated/corrected as needed:

    1. Summary of Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States or “Refugee/Muslim Ban 2.0” (Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic for American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee)
    2. Latest Developments on the Executive Orders (Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic)