Updated September 5th, 2017
For those seeking legal aid, citizenship support services, interpreters, and general support on immigration matters, the Lt. Governor’s Office has compiled the following resources:
Immigration Legal Assistance
Seattle; Granger; Wenatchee; Tacoma
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) provides “direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education” to advance the rights of immigrants.
NWIRP’s direct legal services include deportation cases, asylum cases, citizenship and family visa services.
NWIRP is also hosting a series of community forums in Granger, Wenatchee, Seattle, and Des Moines, to help answer community questions.
Northwest Immigration Rights Project Offices:
Western Washington or Seattle
The Western Washington office serves individuals in Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum & Whatcom counties.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30AM – 12:00PM and 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Toll Free: 800.445.5771
Eastern & Central Washington
Serving individuals in Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Kittitas, Klickitat, Walla Walla Whitman & Yakima counties
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30AM – 12:00PM and 1:00PM – 4:30PM
Toll Free: 888.756.3641
Serving individuals in Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane & Stevens counties.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Toll Free: 866.271.2084
Please note: The Wenatchee office does not have a receptionist. In order to reach them, leave a detailed message with your NAME and PHONE NUMBER as well as a BRIEF EXPLANATION of your immigration issue, and a staff member will return your call.
If you or a family member is detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma
Tacoma Office – Serving Northwest Detention Center
Note: This office is only available for those detained at the NWDC
Please leave a voice message with the detained person’s name and, if possible, the “A number” on the bracelet at the detention center.
Northwest Justice Project is an organization that provides civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, and other fundamental issues.
If you live in King County, and need legal aid, call:
2-1-1 from your personal phone, or call 1-800-621-4636 from a public/pay phone. 211 will identify and refer you to the appropriate legal aid provider.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired callers can call CLEAR or 211 using the relay service of their choice. 211 and CLEAR will conference in interpreters when needed at no cost to callers.
By appointment, King County Legal Clinics offer free legal assistance and referrals in 34 locations in King County. Interpreter services are available on request.
Tacoma-County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services is a clearinghouse of Pierce County-based pro bono legal services.
Tacoma-County Bar Association – Free Interpreter Services
This service is for people who may have a civil legal issue, and need an interpreter (including ASL) for a legal advice clinic appointment. To make an appointment, or to get more information, call (253) 572-5134.
Tacoma-County Bar Association – Tacoma Immigration Clinic
Tacoma Immigration Clinic provides counseling services and legal advice on immigration matters. Call (253) 572-5134 to make an appointment.
The Legal Council for Youth and Children (LCYC) provides direct legal assistance to immigrant youth and manages deportation cases.
LCYC has also created a detailed Immigrant Safety Plan for Youth and Children, which includes suggested documentation for families facing potential detainment or deportation.
KIND provides pro bono legal services for children, conducts public education and outreach in the U.S., Central America, and Mexico, and provides reintegration support for children returning alone from the U.S. to their home countries.
For a direct link to KIND’s legal services, click here.
Mt. Vernon; Seattle
Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) provides legal immigration assistance to low-income residents of Washington. Currently, CILS provides free citizenship/N-400 application assistance to people who are currently on public benefits or living in the city of Seattle, and free citizenship and green card assistance to refugees and asylees who have been in the U.S. less than five years.
OIRR helped fund and establish the Seattle and King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network, who will be partnering with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), NWIRP, and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo to provide legal defense against removal/detention cases for people seeking immigration relief. OIRR also provides navigation assistance for legal and social services in the county, and offers an immigration resource page translated into over 20 languages.
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo offers low cost and free legal services for deportation and immigration status cases, and provides legal assistance in DACA cases, consular processing, adjustment of status, naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, T-Visas, and more.
Provides legal help on immigration status issues, and offers a list of suggested documentation to prove identity.
Hand in Hand Legal Services offers free, in-person assistance with immigration paperwork and free citizenship classes.
La Casa Hogar is a non-profit organization accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals that provides citizenship education and naturalization classes.
Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSN) is the only Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited immigration counseling program in Vancouver. LCSN provides comprehensive immigration legal assistance for immigrants living in Washington and Oregon.
Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) offers a variety of services to refugees and immigrants, including naturalization services/citizenship training, Green Card Application Assistance, and low-cost immigration services. ReWA has on-site staff fluent in English, Somali, Vietnamese, Burmese, Russian, and Ukrainian.
Washington Legal Assistance Databases
Washington Law Help is a good starting-place for navigating Washington’s low-cost and free civil legal service providers.
Click here for Washington Law Help’s introductory legal information guide on rights and responsibilities associated with immigration, and how to get additional help in Washington.
Click here for Washington Law Help’s page on “Immigrant Rights Under a Trump Administration.” Available in Spanish, English, and Chinese.
Immigrant Legal Resources Center is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights. The Immigration Legal Resources Center does not provide direct legal services.
The National Immigration Legal Services Directory provides one of the most comprehensive databases of free or low-cost immigration legal services, and can be searched based on state, county, or detention facility.
Immigration Advocates provides a searchable database for specific immigration-related services in Washington state.
This page contains links to several potential resources that can serve immigrants and refugees who are impacted by the implementation of the executive order.
Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, administered by the City of Seattle, offers immigrant community engagement programs, as well as a resource page for immigration legal services, airport advice, law enforcement advice, etc.
Office of US Senator Patty Murray’s website has an immigration tab that outlines the work that Senator Murray is doing on a national level to benefit immigrants to Washington state and the US at large. Her website also has a FAQ tab about the specific issue of citizenship and immigration.
Office of US Senator Maria Cantwell’s website lists her contact information for all district offices in Washington state and her D.C. office. Senator Cantwell has been active in efforts to introduce legislation to reverse the executive order and block its implementation.
United States House of Representatives—Find Your Representatives is a tool that helps locate congressional district representatives based upon zip code, and each respective representatives contact information. Contacting legislators is a way to express concerns about issues and gain access to resources that might be of help.
Community Outreach & Advocacy
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a civil rights and civil liberties organization that works with courts, legislatures, and communities around the country to advocate for certain rights. On its Know Your Rights page, the ACLU has compiled advice on handling potentially sensitive immigration situations, including ICE visits, encounters with police, and inquiries regarding immigration status. Available in Spanish and English.
WDC is a coalition of Washington state undocumented immigrants and allies aimed at community organizing, education, and advocacy.
OneAmerica is Washington’s largest immigration rights advocacy organization. OneAmerica has a large database of immigrant services here, searchable by language and category.
21 Progress is an equity and social justice advocacy organization aimed to provide leadership training. 21 Progress’ Build Your Dream Program offers civic engagement, leadership training, and micro-loans to DACA-eligible youth.