Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees

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Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees - Awardees

About the Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees

 

Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees - Awardees

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) and the King County Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) administered request for proposals (RFPs) for two services:

  1. Direct legal representation for low-income immigrants and refugees living in King County or working in Seattle who are in detention, facing removal, or in danger of losing their immigration status.
  2. Community navigation services, such as guidance for immigration issues and referrals for legal representation for low-income immigrants and refugees living in King County or working in Seattle who are in detention, facing removal, or in danger of losing their immigration status.

Over the course of two weeks, a panel that included members from the immigrant and refugee legal defense community, King County staff, and City of Seattle staff reviewed both written applications and oral presentations.

We are pleased to announce the awardees below:

Direct Legal Representation
Total awarded: $1,423,358

  1. Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) - $235,454
  2. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) / Colectiva Legal del Pueblo - $1,187,904

Community Navigation Services
Total awarded: $111,642

  1. Filipino Community of Seattle - $30,000
  2. South Park Information and Referral Center (SPIARC) - $27,145
  3. West African Community Council (WACC) - $54,497

Next, the City will be negotiating the contracts detailing each of the grantees' scope of work. The grantee organizations are expected to start offering services under the Legal Defense Fund after September 30.

If you or someone you know is looking for help with their immigration case, please contact one of the above Legal Defense Fund awardees after September 30.

For any questions related to the application process, please contact Katherine Cortes, Finance and Operations Manager, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs: katherine.cortes@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9116.

Go here for the mayor's announcement and press release.

 

About the Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees

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.

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