Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network

Have you or someone you know received a notice from immigration court or been detained by ICE?

If you are in need of immigration legal services and cannot pay for them, the Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network may be able to help.

To see if you are eligible for free legal services, call one of these community navigators:

Legal services are provided by:

To qualify for FREE Legal Defense Network assistance, you must:

  • Be an immigrant in detention, facing deportation, or in danger of losing your immigration status;
  • Live or work in the City of Seattle or live in King County; AND
  • Have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty level.

 

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Learn more about the funding for the Legal Defense Network below.

 

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of Homeland Security's (DHS) interpretation of those orders have dramatically increased the harsh enforcement of outdated immigration laws.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 King County passed legislation in April 2017 authorizing a total $1.5 million to fund a network of community-based nonprofit organizations to provide FREE legal aid to immigrants and refugees in detention, facing deportation/removal, or in danger of losing their immigration status.

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

 

Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees - Awardees

In July 2017, 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. The awardees are listed below:

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

  1. Kids in Need of Defense - $235,454
  2. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project / 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 Resource Center - $27,145
  3. West African Community Council - $54,497

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.

 

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