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Court Rules That ICE Attorney Who Forged Document Is Subject To Liability

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a precedent-setting ruling in favor of Ignacio Lanuza, an immigrant seeking damages against an attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who intentionally submitted a forged document in immigration proceedings in order to bar Mr. Lanuza from applying for lawful permanent resident status.

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Asylum Seekers File Class-Action Suit Demanding To Be Reunited With Their Children

The lawsuit seeks an order requiring immigration officials to immediately reunite the separated children with their parents and also challenges the government's failure to move forward with their asylum claims.

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As Many As 120 Women Transferred To Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Separated From Children While Applying For Asylum

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) today condemned the separation of children from mothers who have been transferred to Washington State and are now being held at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac..

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Lawsuit Seeks to Hold CBP Accountable for Turning Away Asylum Seeker and Falsifying Paper Trail

Customs and Border Protection lied on an asylum seeker's paperwork, resulting in his deportation. Alongside partners, we've filed a lawsuit on the man's behalf to ensure that they are held accountable.

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District Court Grants Bond Hearings for Class of Individuals Seeking Protection from Persecution and Torture

The order requires that class members who have been in detention for more than 180 days without a bond hearing be given a bond hearing within 21 days.

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Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against ICE Officers Who Detained Man after Eavesdropping on Attorney-Client Discussion at State Courthouse

Northwest Immigrant Right Project (NWIRP) filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of a man who was detained earlier after an ICE officer eavesdropped on a conversation the man had with his attorney.

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District Court Issues Favorable Nationwide Ruling on Behalf of Thousands of Asylum Seekers

The ruling covers thousands of class members throughout the United States. Class members are represented by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), Dobrin & Han, PC, and the American Immigration Council.

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Civil Rights Lawsuit Challenges Tukwila Police Officers’ Response to Tukwila Resident who Called Police Seeking Help

The lawsuit alleges that the Tukwila Police officers violated Mr. Rodriguez's Fourth Amendment rights when they arrested him after he called police seeking protection from an intruder at his family's home.

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Montana Resident Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Deputy Sheriff and Justice Court Judge

The complaint alleges that Deputy Sheriff Derrek Skinner and Judge Pedro Hernandez violated Mr. Reynaga’s constitutional rights by unlawfully arresting him solely for purposes of investigating his civil immigration status.

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Class Action Suit Challenges Government’s Denial Of TPS Holders’ Green Cards

Alongside partners, we are challenging the government’s unlawful practice of denying TPS holders lawful permanent resident status (green cards) based on a misinterpretation of the law.

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Spokane Changes Policies in Settlement of Lawsuit over Unlawful Detention of Immigrant by Police Officer

The City has agreed to change its policies to make clear that its police officers will not question or detain individuals to enforce federal immigration laws, which they lack authority to do.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeks the Release of Iraq War Veteran and Green Card Holder Being Held in Immigration Detention without Cause

There is no reason for Mr. Kim to continue being detained as the conviction which placed him in deportation proceedings was vacated on December 1st.

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Lawsuit Challenging Government’s Failure to Disclose Information Regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Participation in Domestic Law Enforcement Activities

For years, federal immigration officers have injected themselves into routine local emergency services and law enforcement often under the guise of providing translation services.

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Civil and Human Rights Organizations File Joint Complaint Against DHS on Behalf of Pregnant Women Detained by ICE

Groups Report Inhumane Conditions, Inadequate Medical Care and Failure to Implement Agency Policy Limiting the Detention of Pregnant Women

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Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

A federal district court judge in eastern Washington ruled yesterday that Yakima County must immediately remove an immigration hold on an individual which prevents him from posting bail.

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Federal Judge Rules in NWIRP’s Favor, Allowing Non-Profit Organizations to Continue Advocating for Unrepresented Immigrants Facing Deportation

Federal court judge Richard A. Jones today granted Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s (NWIRP) request for a preliminary injunction against the Department of Justice

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Iraq War Veteran Seeks Release from Immigration Detention

On Thursday, we filed a request for release with the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of Chong Kim, an Iraq war veteran currently being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

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Court Hands Trump Administration Another Defeat on Immigration

The court’s decision permits the plaintiffs to seek an injunction against the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” program on a nationwide basis.

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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of NWIRP and Grants a Nationwide Temporary Restraining Order

A federal judge temporarily blocked the Department of Justice from preventing the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project from providing legal assistance to unrepresented immigrants facing deportation.  

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Governor Signs Bill Extending Protections to Vulnerable Young Immigrants

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Columbia Legal Services, who had worked together to advocate for the passage of the legislation, applaud the work of the legislature and the Governor on this important issue.  

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We’re Challenging An Order from the DOJ to Cease and Desist Providing Legal Assistance to Unrepresented Individuals in Deportation Proceedings

The lawsuit, filed by NWIRP and the cooperating law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, asserts that the DOJ order violates NWIRP attorneys’ constitutional right to free speech, impeding their ability to promote and defend the rights of immigrants in Washington State.

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NWIRP and Partners Amend Class Action Suit, Seek Temporary Restraining Order to Newest Version of the “Muslim Ban”

Plaintiffs include Reema Dahman, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, who had filed a petition to bring her 16-year-old son, stranded in war-torn Syria, to the United States. 

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Muslim Ban Unlawfully Targets U.S. Residents Seeking Citizenship and Immigration Status

Civil and immigrant rights groups asked a federal court to lift the unconstitutional ban that blocks Muslim immigrants lawfully living in the United States from becoming U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and asylees. 

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NWIRP and Partners File Class Action Suit Challenging Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban”

The lawsuit is filed on behalf of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who have filed visa petitions for their immediate family members who are nationals of the seven banned countries.

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Federal Court Grants Nationwide Class Status in Suit to Protect Asylum Seekers

A federal court in Seattle has granted nationwide class action status to a case seeking to protect the rights of thousands of asylum seekers

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NWIRP Files Action On Behalf of Immigrants Fleeing Persecution Denied Bond Hearings

The suit alleges that the federal government unlawfully denies certain immigrants seeking protection from deportation the opportunity to ask an immigration judge for release on bond while their cases are completed.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules that Class of Immigrants Are Entitled To Bond Hearing In Case Brought By NWIRP and Partners

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit issued important rulings today in two class actions that will enable thousands of immigrants to request bond hearings.

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Asylum Seekers File Class Action Lawsuit Against DHS Over One-Year Filing Deadline

The U.S. Government has placed unnecessary hurdles in front of asylum seekers who are attempting to file asylum applications within the required time period. Read about our lawsuit attempting to rectify this. 

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Thousands of Children Now Covered in Lawsuit Over Lack of Legal Representation in Immigration Proceedings

A federal court has granted class-action status to a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s failure to provide children in immigration court with lawyers in their deportation hearings.

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Federal Court Rules that Somali Youth Was Unlawfully Detained by ICE at Northwest Detention Center

A seventeen-year-old boy was taken from high school by federal officials, wrenched away from his foster family, and instead locked up at an adult detention center in Tacoma, Washington.

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Civil Rights, Immigration, and Community Groups Urge Supreme Court to Let Immigration Relief Programs Go Forward

A diverse coalition of 326 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, urging the court to lift the injunction that blocked the executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November 2014.

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Former ICE Attorney Pleads Guilty in Case Triggered by NWIRP Lawsuit

A former attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Jonathan M. Love, pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges following an investigation initiated as a result of a lawsuit brought by NWIRP. 

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Immigrants with Mental Disabilities May Reopen Deportation Cases

Hundreds of immigrants with mental disabilities who were ordered deported after being forced to represent themselves in court may be able to return to the U.S. under terms of a settlement approved today in a landmark class action lawsuit.

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Attorney General Sweep to Crack Down on Fraudulent Immigration Services

Washington AG Bob Ferguson announced that his office awarded a $125,000 grant to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to address the unauthorized practice of immigration law.

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Immigrants and Their Advocates File Class Action Lawsuit Against USCIS and DHS

Two immigration service providers filed a nationwide class action lawsuit in Seattle against USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unlawfully delaying the adjudication of their applications for employment authorization.

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Federal District Court Judge Rejects Longstanding Washington Immigration Court Policy as Unlawful

A federal court today held that immigration judges in Washington state must consider releasing detained immigrants on conditions of supervision instead of requiring a money bond. 

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Federal Judge Rules Border Patrol Unlawfully Arrested Anacortes Man

 A federal district court judge has ruled that the U.S. Border Patrol unlawfully arrested an Anacortes resident in 2011.

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Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Failure of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Release Agency Files

NWIRP and 3 partner firms filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging the failure of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to timely respond to their requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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NWIRP Challenges Local Law Enforcement use of US Border Patrol Agents as “Interpreters”

Law enforcement agencies who attempt to use Border Patrol for alleged ‘interpretation assistance’ during routine matters are failing to provide meaningful access to their services to people with limited English skills.

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NWIRP Files Lawsuit Targeting Corrupt ICE Official

NWIRP filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ignacio Lanuza Torres after a government attorney successfully convinced an Immigration Judge to order Mr. Lanuza deported based on a knowingly falsified government document.

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NWIRP Expanding Statewide Efforts to Help Undocumented Youth Gain Education and Career Opportunities

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is expanding efforts to help undocumented immigrant youth gain education and career opportunities by assisting them in applying and renewing applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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NWIRP and Partners Ask Federal Court to Block Deportation Hearings for Children without Representation

NWIRP and partners have asked a federal court to immediately block the government from pursuing deportation proceedings against several children unless it ensures those youth have legal representation.

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Final Order Provides Hundreds Of Class Members In Duran-Gonzalez V. Holder With new Opportunity To Remain In US With Family

This week, the Federal District Court issued a final order approving the settlement in the case of Duran-Gonzalez, et al. v. U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, et al.

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NWIRP and Partners Sue Federal Government Over Failure to Provide Legal Representation For Children Placed Into Deportation Proceedings

NWIRP and partners filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit today on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government’s failure to provide them with legal representation as deportation hearings are carried out against them.

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Federal Court Rules Immigrant Detainees Must Be Given Bond Hearings

The court’s decision comes at the same time that hundreds of immigrant detainees are participating in a hunger strike at the facility.

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Federal Judge Approves Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

The settlement will help ensure that asylum seekers, who have fled persecution in their home countries, are not unlawfully prevented from working and supporting their families while the government adjudicates their cases.

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Federal Judge Preliminarily Approves Amended Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

The federal district court for the Western District of Washington held a fairness hearing and approved a settlement agreement in a nationwide class action lawsuit, B.H. et al v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, et al.

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Settlement Reins in Border Patrol Stops on the Olympic Peninsula

Today, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the ACLU of Washington announced a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that challenged the Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants in the Olympic Peninsula.

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Court Rules Law Enforcement Can’t Prolong Stop to Question an Individual About Immigration Status

In a victory for fair treatment of immigrants, Pierce County Superior Court has found that local law enforcement cannot prolong a detention to question individuals about their current legal status.

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Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

A federal district court issued an order approving a settlement agreement in a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months or more for a decision on their asylum applications.

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Vulnerable Immigrants in Deportation Proceedings Unable to Represent Themselves Must Get Counsel and a Hearing

The ruling in the class-action lawsuit is the first of its kind for immigrant detainees, who often languish in detention facilities for years without legal representation.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project To Recognize Regional Leaders

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will celebrate 29 years of fighting for justice for immigrants and refugees at an anniversary dinner and fundraiser Friday, April 26, at the Westin Seattle.

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Class Action Lawsuit Forces Policy Change to Protect Detained Immigrants with Serious Mental Disabilities

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and partners all represent the class of detained immigrants who have brought the Franco action.

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Agreement Reached in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have agreed to settle a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months or more for a decision on their asylum applications.

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UW Report: Collaboration between King County jails and ICE results in unfair and costly impact

“Now is the time for the King County Council to enact an ordinance that will set a clear standard for county employees to not submit to ICE’s request to detain an individual unless the individual has a serious or violent felony conviction”

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Widespread Abuse by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Documented in National Wave of Complaints

This week, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and partners filed complaints targeting abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) across the country. 

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Legal Groups to Announce Wave of Cases Highlighting Nationwide Abuses By U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On Wednesday, an alliance of immigration groups, private attorneys and a law school clinic will announce ten cases targeting abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) across the country.

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Granger Community Legal Workshop: Get Free Attorney Help With DREAMer Deferred Action Forms

NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and apply for the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program on Saturday, February 9th.

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Seattle/Des Moines Community Legal Workshop: Get Free Attorney Help With DREAMer Deferred Action Forms

NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and apply for the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program on Saturday, February 2nd.

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NWIRP places two members on key Shriver Center Leadership Program

Two members of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) have been selected to join the inaugural class of the Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy.

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Border Patrol Policy Change Important Victory for Border Communities

This policy change helps safeguard the rights and safety of immigrant communities residing in border regions throughout the country.

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Granger Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action

NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, December 1st

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Omak Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action

NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, December 8th.

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Bellevue Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action

NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, November 17.

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Spokane Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action

NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, October 27.

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Yakima Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action

NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, October 13th.

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Everett Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action

NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, October 6th.

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NWIRP Presents: An Evening at Wing Luke Celebrating 28 Years of Reuniting Familes

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) presents its final fundraiser of the year, AnEvening at Wing Luke on Thursday, October 11, 2012 (10-11-12!).

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10 Members of Congress Join Northern Borders Coalition Demand for Civil Rights Audit of Border Patrol

Racial, Religious Profiling, Abuse, Spark Calls for Investigation.

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Federal Judge Rules that Lawsuit Against Border Patrol Actions on Olympic Peninsula May Move Forward

Federal District Court Judge Benjamin Settle issued an order denying the government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit targeting unlawful U.S. Border Patrol actions in the Olympic Peninsula.

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Wednesday: Press Conference – The DREAMer Deferred Action Program Unveiled

Today the Obama Administration released the much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process, which will remove the threat of deportation for as many as 30,000 youth in Washington State who meet the program’s requirements.

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Immigrant Rights and Civil Rights Leaders React to SB1070 Decision and Announce Renewed Efforts to Fight

The Supreme Court issued its decision today on the constitutionality of SB 1070, Arizona's notorious anti-immigrant law.

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Federal Agency Rules Against Use of Border Patrol Agents as Interpreters

The Department of Agriculture’s civil rights office said that the U.S. Forest Service discriminated against Latinos on the Olympic Peninsula by using Border Patrol agents as interpreters and as law-enforcement support in routine matters.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Presents: 28th Anniversary Celebration

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will celebrate twenty-eight years of defending immigrants’ rights at its largest fundraiser of the year, the 28th Anniversary Celebration this Friday, May 4, 2012.

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NWIRP Challenges Local Law Enforcement Use of U.S. Border Patrol Agents as “Interpreters”

Today, NWIRP and cooperating attorneys filed a civil rights complaint challenging the practice of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies calling in “interpreters” for routine matters.

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Lawsuit Challenges Unconstitutional Stops and Interrogations by Border Patrol Agents on Olympic Peninsula

Three residents of the Olympic Peninsula today filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the U.S. Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants without legal justification.

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Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Asserting Right to Counsel for Immigrant Detainees with Mental Disabilities

In the latest victory on behalf of unrepresented immigrants with mental disabilities held in immigration detention facilities, a federal judge has ruled that NWIRP and partners have been assigned to represent detainees in a three-state region as a class.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Partners Target “Asylum Clock” in Class Action Lawsuit

Today NWIRP asked a federal court to certify as a class action a suit filed last week alleging widespread problems with the “asylum clock”.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Presents: An Evening at Wing Luke, Celebrating 27 Years of Reuniting Families

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) presents its final fundraiser of the year, An Evening at Wing Luke this Thursday, October 20, 2011. 

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Minor Changes to “Secure Communities” Do Not Address Inherent Problems with the Program

NWIRP again voiced its strong opposition to the so-called “Secure Communities” program of U.S. ICE, despite the changes announced by them last week.

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Man Nearly Deported Awaiting Asylum Decision for Sixteen Years

Mr. Chay Ixcot will have the opportunity to present his asylum claim after waiting for sixteen years, thanks to NWIRP’s representation and a decision issued earlier this month by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Celebrates 27 Years of Service to Washington State Immigrants and Refugees

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s 27th Anniversary Celebration will take place this Friday, May 13, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the Experience Music Project’s dramatic Sky Church.

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DHS Agrees to Pay $400,000 to U.S. Citizen, Army Veteran, Unlawfully Detained by Immigration for Over Seven Months

It took more than seven months for the government to finally admit it had made an error and release him.

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Federal Court Rules in Favor of NWIRP Client, Reaffirms Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

The decision by the federal court reaffirmed that protections for domestic violence survivors in the immigration system are to be read generously and broadly.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Center for Justice Achieve Settlement in Case of Immigrant Detained Unlawfully

Spokane County has agreed to pay $35,000 to a Mexican citizen, Enoc Arroyo-Estrada, for incarcerating him in the county jail for 20 days based on suspicion of lack of lawful immigration status.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Partners File First Class-Action Lawsuit On Behalf of Immigrants with Mental Disabilities

The suit asks U.S. government to create a system for determining which non-citizens lack the mental competence to represent themselves and to appoint legal representation for those who do.

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United States v. Arizona racial profiling law

NWIRP applauds the decision announced today by the U.S. Department of Justice that it is filing a lawsuit challenging the recently-enacted Arizona law known as “S.B. 1070.”

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Legal Voice, Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, National Employment Law Project and ACLU of Washington Unite to Praise Washington Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Integrity of the Court System

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