Supportive partners and volunteers are critical to NWIRP's ability to advance the rights and well-being of low-income immigrants and refugees throughout Washington State. In addition to the grants we receive from a wide range of sources, our partners include associates in the legal community as well as in local government, social services and the business community.
NWIRP collaborates with members of the organized bar and those in the legal profession at all levels, augmenting our resources and knowledge, and increasing our ability to ensure more clients receive services through pro bono representation. A few of our partners follow:
- Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ): In addition to providing direct representation to detainees or placing cases with NWIRP's own pro bono attorney program, NWIRP conducts initial intake discussions with detainees and refers potential cases to the VAIJ.
- American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA): AILA provides assistance and representation on complex case referrals.
- American Immigration Council (AIC) and the Law Offices of Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP: In 2006 we served as co-counsel with these organizations on a circuit-wide class action case that won certification and a preliminary injunction from the federal district court.
- Alliance for Equal Justice: NWIRP is a member of this network of organizations providing civil legal aid to those with nowhere else to turn. We are a beneficiary of funds from the Campaign for Equal Justice that provides funding for Alliance members.
Our local law schools provide much needed legal assistance as well. NWIRP trains law students and pro bono attorneys through the Immigrant Family Advocacy Project at the University of Washington School of Law, and refers cases to them. NWIRP attorneys frequently instruct at a joint NWIRP/UW Immigration Law Clinic designed to serve low-income asylum seekers. We also refer domestic violence cases to the Immigration Law Clinic at the Seattle University School of Law.
Too numerous to list, our partners span the gamut from social service agencies and school districts to human rights organizations and churches. These partners not only offer moral and financial support to NWIRP, but they are instrumental in providing much-needed services to our clients – food, shelter, education, jobs, and protection. NWIRP also trains many medical, legal and other professionals in the community to document asylum cases and provide necessary information and referral to torture survivors.
Business and Corporate Support
NWIRP counts dozens of business partners as supporters and/or sponsors of NWIRP events. The organization has continued to work to develop new relationships by reaching out to businesses in the community and sharing NWIRP's vision for immigrant rights.
NWIRP receives support from dozens of volunteers who give their time and energy to fundraising and to making NWIRP's many programs more successful. These include people who provide medical assistance, those who serve on committees to plan and market NWIRP events, and even fabulous photographers who capture every great NWIRP moment. For each of these individuals, NWIRP is deeply grateful.