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Funding Opportunities for Organizations Supporting
Immigrants and Refugees

  1. The RESILIENCE FUND:A partnership between King County and The Seattle Foundation and supported Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation and Emerald Fund. The RESILIENCE FUND supports and strengthens community organizations that are working to increase the protections and resilience of vulnerable residents in King County. The Resilience Fund will provide grants of up to $25,000 to community-based nonprofits. In 2017, there will be two grant cycles, with deadlines of June 26 and September 29. King County’s funding will allow a minimum of $350,000 to be awarded to support immigrant and refugee led efforts.

    Q&A sessions
    • A Q&A session will be held on Wednesday, June 7, at 6-7:30pm in the Large Meeting Room at Kent Library (212 2nd Ave. N., Kent, WA 98032). RSVP here.
    • An online Q&A session will be held on Tuesday, June 20, at 10-11:30am.
    Register here.

    For more information and application please click here.

  2. The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) and King County Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) seek applications from nonprofit organizations to provide legal representation services, and Community Navigation services (i.e., guidance and referral) for legal representation, to indigent Seattle workers and King County residents who are in detention, facing deportation, or in danger of losing their immigration status.

    Up to $1.45 million will be awarded to one or more agencies for legal representation, and up to $100,000 for Community Navigation services, to one or more agencies.

    These grants will be awarded for a term of 15 months, from September 30, 2017 to December 31, 2018. The submission deadline is 5 pm, July 12, 2017. A complete schedule for these RFPs is provided below.

    For more information please click here to read the RFP for Legal Services Fund. And click here to read the RFP for Community Navigators Services.

    Please contact Katherine Cortes, Finance & Operations Manager, Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, for any questions related to the application process. Applicants may email questions until 5 pm, July 5, 2017.

    Monday, June 19

    OIRA distributes RFP

    Wednesday, June 28 (12-2pm)
    [City Hall, or by telephone]

    Thursday, June 29 (6-8pm)
    [King County Library, Renton, or by telephone]

    OIRA provides 2 optional Q&A sessions for potential applicants including:

    • Goals and objectives

    • Guidelines for submission

    Wednesday, July 5 

    Applicants may submit written questions until 5:00 pm.

    Wednesday, July 12

    Applicants submit written submissions by 5:00 pm. Applicants may submit requests for oral presentations (optional) by 5:00 pm.

    Wednesday, July 19- Thursday, July 26

    Oral presentations for organizations that requested them.

    August 10

    OIRA announces funding decisions.

    August 14-28

    OIRA conducts contract negotiation process with successful applicants.

    Before Sept 30

    Organizations begin contract period. 

  3. Strengthening Immigrant and Refugee Community Organizing through Networked Organizations The scope of work for this RFQ is to establish contracts to strengthen networked and backbone organizations that are supporting and connecting many others in our community to one another.  This includes working closely with the Equity and Social Justice team in King County on all elements of the plan. It also includes attending some meetings with the appointed staff. This support can include:  
  1. Efforts in King County towards the creation of information and resource hubs for our region to coordinate information for members of the immigrant and refugee communities as well as supporting ways for more people and organizations to be a part of this movement.  
  2. Scaling efforts to convene immigrant and refugee communities to strengthen community response to unanticipated, and emerging challenges that affect the safety, security, and rights of immigrants and refugees.
  3. Centralizing best practice materials for trainings and awareness and Know Your Rights workshops, and developing tool kits to make available for use in King County. 
  4. Support informational trainings for service providers in King county to help prepare providers to build safer and welcoming communities:  public health providers, community service organizations, elected officials and etc.  

For more information and application please click here.

Calendar of Events

Please continue to update the State's Shared Calendar with your events, workshops, and meetings.

Community Engagement

1. National ACLU launched People Power, a grassroots initiative designed to encourage people to engage in direct advocacy on civil rights and civil liberties issues in their communities. As a first step, the national program has asked people to contact elected officials and law enforcement departments about immigrant rights related topics.  The program encourages activists to ask about whether their local governments are "freedom cities," a concept meant to ensure that all of us are safe, protected, and able to access needed services in our communities without regard to immigration status. 

2. Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is working on Rapid Response efforts across the state. They organize  teams of volunteers to support neighbors and friends in the event of an ICE raid, or community emergency.  Click here to sign up.

Resources in King County

WA Immigrant Solidarity Network - Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is a coalition of organizations, and individuals across the state, unifying to fight for immigrant justice! Click here to learn more.

East King County/Puget Sound Community Resources

Know Your Rights Materials:

1.  Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles:  Has many Know Your Rights resources available on their site.  The resources include Know Your Rights (made by AAAJ-Atlanta) in the following languages:

Arabic | Bengali | Burmese | Chinese | Gujarati | Karen 

Khmer | Korean | Nepali | Urdu | Vietnamese

2.  iAmerica: More Know Your Rights resource

Spanish | Polish | Korean | Tagalog | Simplified Chinese

Vietnamese | Khmer | Hiindi | Haitian Creole

3.  The National Korean American Services & Education Consortium (NAKASEC):  24/7 immigration hotline in Korean & English:1-800-500-3222

4.  Informed Immigrant: In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, millions of documented and undocumented immigrants face increased uncertainty around their status in the United States. Immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country have banded together and pooled resources to help immigrants and their allies obtain the current best-known information and guidance. A lot of useful information can be found at:

5. Safety Plan for Youth and Children, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children:  This safety plan is meant to aid families in preparing for the potential detainment or deportation of parents with children (children with or without status):

Safety Plan in English | in Spanish | in Somali

6.  National Immigration Law Center Pamphlet: Know Your Rights at Home and At Work.  This pamphlet by the NILC in English and Spanish explains what community member rights are in regard to immigration raids, interactions with immigration officials, and more. Access the pamphlet in the languages below:

English | Spanish

7.  ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union has a number of helpful resources that addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. The booklet is for citizens and non-citizens, with information for non-citizens in a separate section. Please note that while this booklet is informative and accurate, it is not a substitute for legal advice. We've included links to this downloadable pamphlet in several languages below:

English Arabic | Urdu | Farsi | Hindi | Punjabi | Somali | Español | Français

8.  How to Protect Yourself from Immigration Raids:  The following brochure outlines how you and protect yourself if you are arrested or detained by the US Government. Remember that if you are arrested it is your right to refuse to answer any questions. Do not lie; say nothing or say "I need to speak to my lawyer."

English | Español

9.  Emergency Preparedness for Those at Risk of Deportation  
Immigrant Defense Project Resource List Power of attorney form, action plan during a raid, HIPPA form, plan for financial needs, and other resources including tips on how to avoid frauds and scams. Several of the materials are available in Spanish and English.

10.  American Friends Service Committee:  Offers materials on understanding your rights in these languages:

English and Spanish

Sanctuary Cities Explained

Click here for the video where a nonprofit attorney does a terrific job explaining the Trump executive orders on immigration, including why local law enformcement accross the country have decided not to act as customs enforcement agents.


Other Resources

1- City of Seattle resource list:

2- Muslim Community Resource Center:

3- Muslim Housing Services:

4- Welcome Home Refugees:

5- WA Law Help info on benefits available to folks applying for asylum:

6- Cities Leading for Immigrant Integration: the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), based at the University of Southern California, has produced this report about best practices and case examples of how U.S. cities address integration.

7- New American Economy: brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. NAE provides data and stories about the contributions of new Americans throughout our economy and across different sectors. Explore nationwide map and learn more about the contributions immigrants make in your city, state, or district.

Sensitive Location

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sensitive locations policies, which remain in effect, provide that enforcement actions at sensitive locations should generally be avoided, and require either prior approval from an appropriate supervisory official or exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action.  ICE and CBP have made available Frequently Asked Questions to clarify what types of locations are covered by these policies.

Here is a sample template from El Centro de la Raza establishing their offices as a sensitive location.

Considering Sanctuary?

Here is an analysis of How Much Funding for Sanctuary Jurisdictions Could Be at Risk?

Understanding Sanctuary:

Searching for Sanctuary: An analysis of America's Counties and Their Voluntary Assistance with Deportations

Expanding Sanctuary: 

Download the new report from Mijente on expanding sanctuary cities to protect all residents from criminalization and deportation.  What Makes a City a Sanctuary Now?