Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees

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About the Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees RFP

Legal Defense Fund RFP Schedule

 

About the Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees RFP

The Trump Administration’s Executive Orders related to immigration and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) interpretation of those orders have dramatically increased the harsh enforcement of outdated immigration laws. As DHS ramps up the scope and speed of their enforcement actions across the country and in our region, more immigrants and refugees could find themselves coming into contact with federal enforcement officials or in an immigration detention center without access to legal representation and counsel.

In response, the City of Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr County have released this joint request for proposals (RFP) to help fund community-based organizations that offer immigrants legal services, guidance, and/or referrals to legal services. The total RFP funding is $1.55 million. Only qualified local organizations providing these services can apply for the funding. The Legal Defense Fund does not directly allocate money to individuals.

Individuals looking for help with their immigration cases should contact an immigration attorney or pro bono legal service. You can also check out Resources page for more information.

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) and the King County Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) will be administering RFPs for two services:

  1. Direct legal representation for King County immigrant and refugee residents who are in need of legal representation and may be in detention, facing deportation, or in danger of losing their status. Up to $1.45 million will be awarded to one or more agencies for legal representation.
  2. Community navigation services, such as guidance and referrals for King County immigrant and refugee residents who are in need of legal representation and may be in detention, facing deportation, or in danger of losing their status. Up to $100,000 will be awarded to one or more agencies for community navigation services.

These grants will be awarded for a term of 15 months, from September 30, 2017 to December 31, 2018.

The submission deadline was July 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM. We are no longer accepting applications.

See below for a complete schedule for these RFPs.

Click here for the Immigrant Legal Defense Services RFP

Click here for the Community Navigation Services for Immigrant Legal Defense

Please contact Katherine Cortes, Finance and Operations Manager, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, for any questions related to the application process: katherine.cortes@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9116. We have posted answers to your questions on this final document.

 

Legal Defense Fund RFP Schedule

Monday, June 19

RFP publicly available at OIRA website.


Wednesday, June 28
12-2 PM at
Seattle City Hall

Thursday, June 29
6-8 PM at King County Renton Library

Slideshow presentation (PDF)

OIRA provides two optional Q&A sessions for potential applicants including:

  • Goals and objectives
  • Guidelines for submission

An additional call-in option for both sessions will be provided depending on demand. Detailed location information and/or a call-in number will be provided upon email or phone request to Katherine Cortes prior to the date of each Q&A session.


Wednesday, July 5

Applicants may submit written questions until 5:00 PM.


Wednesday, July 12

Applicants submit written submissions by 5:00 PM. Applicants may submit requests for oral presentations (optional) by 5:00 PM.


Wednesday, July 19 -
Thursday, July 26

Oral presentations for organizations that requested them.


Thursday, August 10

OIRA announces funding decisions.


Monday, August 14 -
Monday, August 28

OIRA conducts contract negotiation process with successful applicants.


Before Saturday,
September  30

Organizations begin contract period.

 

Click here for more background information about the Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees, including a history of the fund's passage.