Welcoming Immigrant and Refugee Communities to King County
King County proudly upholds the fundamental, self-evident truth announced at our nation's founding: that all are created equal. We embrace the basic American value that we are a nation of opportunity for all. Immigrants and refugees are welcome here, and our region has acted decisively to become more inclusive, removing barriers to affordable housing, transit, health, economic opportunity and strong childhood development. We continue to uphold the same values and move forward with a strategy that sets our region apart as a leader in protecting the rights of all people in our communities.
Your Rights When Stopped by ICE:
- Know Your Rights Handouts: AILA provides Know Your Rights handouts in different languages for various situations: ICE worksite raids (for employers), home visits, and ICE public stops.
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: NWIRP offers a variety of legal resources including Know Your Rights, attorney lists and guidance around DACA.
- iAmerica:More Know Your Rights resources, including useful infographics available in several languages:
- ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union offers helpful resources that address 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. This downloadable pamphlet is also available in the following languages:
Preparing for Potential Detainment or Deportation:
- How to prepare for ICE raids in Washington State: An article by local publication, The Stranger, with resources and information by the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN).
- Making a Safety Plan for Youth and Children, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children: This safety plan template is meant to aid families in preparing for the potential detainment or deportation of parents with children (children with or without status):
- Tacoma Detention Center Information: NWIRP provides very useful guides for families and detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. These guides are available in:
Tools and Resources for service providers:
- Please click here to see this list of Know Your Rights materials and tools and resources for public health and nonprofit partners.
- Mapping of organizations
Please see a list of 173 community based organizations that are immigrant and refugee led and are serving immigrant communities: Immigrant and Refugee Organization Locations
For help and edits and additions to the map please contact:
Toni Carpenter, GISP
GIS Analyst / Client Services
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
King County GIS Center
Immigrant and Refugee Task Force Report and Recommendations:
In 2015 the King County Council and King County Executive formed the King County Immigrant and Refugee Task Force. The Task Force was charged with making recommendations on the creation of a King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission, including, but not limited to, recommendations on the commission’s membership, mission and scope of duties (see Ordinance 18085). The task force met over a period of nine months and held more than 20 community meetings where we heard the feedback and input of over 500 members of immigrant and refugee communities. The attached report reflects the process and the recommendations of this task force with the full consensus of the group. Please Download the Report here.
For more information, please contact:
Hannelore Ferber Makhani
Office of Equity and Social Justice
King County Executive Office
401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104