Take Action As An Ally
Through Civic Engagement
Reach out to your congressperson and tell them to support Senator Dianne Feinstein’s ‘Keep Families Together’ Act
On Friday, June 8th, Senate Judiciary Committee Member Dianne Feinstein and 31 of her colleagues introduced legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. Click here to view a list of legislators who have co-sponsored the bill. If your congressperson is not on this list, reach out to them and tell them to support this bill and end the immoral separation of families at the border. Find your Senators’ contact information here.
Reach out to your congressperson and tell them to support the ‘Fair Day in Court for Kids’ Act of 2018
On February 28th, Senator Mazie Hirono introduced legislation in the Senate to provide access to counsel for unaccompanied immigrant children and youth. On April 6th, Representative Zoe Lofgren introduced a House version of the bill. Reach out to your congressperson and tell them to support this bill and end the immoral separation of families at the border. Find your Senators’ contact information here. Find your Representatives’ contact information here.
Through Translation or Interpretation
Become a Translator or Interpreter for NWIRP
If you are multi-lingual and would like to help NWIRP, we would love to hear from you. Please click here to send us your contact information. We seek volunteers who can both interpret conversations with clients and help translate written materials. Please note that your name will be added to our list but that you will not be contacted directly by NWIRP until our staff has a need for translation or interpretation in the language you offer. We prioritize interpreters who do not charge for their services.
Through Volunteering and Giving
Volunteer as a Licensed Medial or Mental Health Provider
If you are a licensed medical or mental health provider, RefugeesNW needs your help as part of their Evaluation Network. Get more info on how to help at this link.
Help the Church Council of Greater Seattle Pay for Travel, Clothing, and other Immediate Needs for Community Members Released from Detention
The Church Council of Greater Seattle pays for travel, transit, clothing, and other immediate needs for immigrant community members who have been released from detention – these are vital services that reunite people with their loved ones. Make a donation to support these efforts here.
Help someone held in detention make a phone call
NWIRP is currently accepting donations for phone access for people held at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac. If you would like to give a donation for phone access, please indicate this in the additional comments section of our online donation form. Once everyone is transferred from the FDC to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, we will be giving all remaining phone donations to Aid Northwest, who has a program set up for this purpose at that location. If you would like to support detainees held at the NWDC, please made a donation through AidNW here.
Provide Post-Release Humanitarian Assistance to Asylum Seekers
The Church Council of Greater Seattle is collecting information from Spanish-speaking volunteers who are able to assist asylum seekers with transportation and other humanitarian services after they are released from detention. Email email@example.com with the subject line “SeaTac Asylum-Spanish speaking volunteer.” Please include your name, congregation and/or organization affiliation, phone number, city/area where you live, level of Spanish fluency, times of day/week when available, if your have reliable transportation, and any relevant professional/other human services training.
Provide backpacks, snacks, and hospitality to community members released from immigration detention in Tacoma.
Visit AIDNW’s wish list to see what material goods are needed.
Host a Fundraiser for NWIRP
We are so grateful for this community’s willingness to serve as ambassadors for our mission during this critical time for immigrant rights, helping to grow our base of supporters and continue our work of keeping families together, protecting people from violence, and challenging injustice.
We’ve put together this resource page for those interested in hosting their own fundraiser for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Donate to NWIRP
Our organization has been humbled and honored by the generosity of this community. Due to the legal nature of our work, our direct services can only be administered by attorneys or legal representatives who have received extensive training in order to ensure our clients are getting the best representation possible. Supporting NWIRP through donations allows us to hire more staff. In the past three years, we have been able to nearly double the size of our legal staff thanks in large part to the generosity of individual donors. Make a gift here.
Write a letter to someone who is in deportation proceedings or who is currently in immigration detention.
Locally – for those detained in Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center.
Nationwide – for those detained in detention centers throughout the US.
Through Confronting Oppression
Learn more about the immigration detention system in the United States and how you can visit a detention center
The Detention Watch Network has a robust collection of resources on the history and impact of immigration detention in the United States. Learn more at their website about the practice of incarcerating immigrants while they await a determination of their immigration status or potential deportation.
Freedom for Immigrants, a not-for-profit organization based in California, has compiled helpful guides and resources for those learning about the immigration detention system in the United States for the first time. You can access these resources at this link.
Learn about the racial history of US immigration law
Racism has always been at the center of United States immigration law. Learn more about this country’s racial history of immigration with this guide from the ACLU of Washington.
Join the resistance movement
Get involved in an upcoming protest, rally, vigil, or community event organized by NWDC resistance. Different activist and grassroots groups from around the Puget Sound area and beyond organize solidarity days on Saturdays throughout the month to stand with detainees and their families and show constant resistance to the private company that owns the detention center, the GEO Group, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE.
We hope that one or more of these methods of supporting immigrants resonates with you. Thank you for believing that immigrant rights are human rights. Thank you for choosing to be an ally during a dark period in our history.
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