Updated June 29th, 2017
For those seeking legal aid, travel advice, citizenship support services, interpreters, and general support on immigration matters, the Lt. Governor’s Office has compiled the following non-profit, independent, and government resources:
Immigration Legal Aid Resources
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 asylum cases, family visa services, citizenship, and deportation.
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 or 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.
Airportlawyer.org is a website for connecting newly-arriving immigrants with volunteer lawyers, who will be on-site at airports, or available by phone. The Airportlawyer.org app is available in Arabic and Farsi, as well as English.
Washington Law Help is a good starting-place for navigating Washington’s free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington.
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”
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.
Do 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.
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.
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 and protect basic rights for everyone.
For ACLU advice on airport encounters with law enforcement, click here.
OneAmerica is Washington’s largest immigration rights advocacy organization. OneAmerica.org has a large database of immigrant services here, searchable by language and category.
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.
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.
Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty using policy reform, litigation, and partnerships to reduce harm to communities and its members.
While the Attorney General’s Office cannot represent individuals, they are collecting evidence about the impact the Executive Order has had for Washington residents and their families. If you have an experience you would like to share with the legal team, please call (844) 323-3864.
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.
Provides guidelines for travelers coming to or leaving the United States, questions about specific travel restrictions would best be directed to their email and call centers as this agency handles all immigration process and inspections at ports of entry.
Provides updated statements from the ports and offers advice about what to do if potentially impacted by the executive order.
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.