Our Impact in 2015
"Northwest Immigrant Rights Project helps people who feel alone. People who are in danger. People who need justice. Thanks to their work, now I am safe." - A Former NWIRP Client and Unaccompanied Minor from Guatemala
Thanks to our community of support, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project continues to defend human rights, create new opportunities for youth, protect individuals from violence, keep families together, and change immigration policies on a national level. Here are a few highlights from another year of defending and advancing the rights of immigrants:
We have served thousands of individuals and their families this year through high-quality direct legal representation, help with filing legal paperwork, legal orientation programs, and several other important services.
We hosted over 40 community education events across the state from the Skagit Valley to Spokane. These events ranged from town-hall meetings explaining the situation surrounding the President's executive actions on immigration, to "Immigration 101" trainings for service providers teaching attendees how to better meet the needs of the immigrant community.
Working with partners, we concluded a final settlement in the landmark case that now requires the federal government to provide attorneys for detained immigrants with mental disabilities in our region.
We have secured safety and stability for dozens of unaccompanied children and families who fled violence in Central America by representing them in court and helping them apply for and receive green cards.
We have partnered with over 350 volunteer attorneys who generously donated nearly 11,000 hours of their time to our clients, making our volunteer attorney network the second-largest in the state.
Working with partners, we are continuing our nationally covered lawsuit which aims to give all children in deportation proceedings access to an attorney, dramatically increasing their chances of being able to stay safely in the United States.
We provided dozens of free legal workshops to help undocumented young people apply for the DACA program, giving them access to a work permit and a social security card, and providing them greater opportunities to succeed in school and beyond.
We helped over 200 survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other serious crimes and their family members obtain protection and remain in the U.S.
And through all of this work, we are ensuring that Washington State remains a leader in welcoming immigrants.