Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network launches

Written by on November 1, 2017 in Local and National News - Comments Off

By Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

The Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network is now available to provide legal aid and information to vulnerable immigrants and refugees.
To qualify for free LDN assistance, one must:

  • Be an immigrant in detention, facing deportation or in danger of losing their immigration status;
  • Live or work in the City of Seattle or live in King County; and
  • Have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that amount would be $24,600 or less per year.

The LDN consists of three nonprofit organizations acting as community navigators that can provide general information and eligibility screenings for immigrants. In addition, three nonprofit organizations in the network provide legal services for qualifying applicants.

Immigrants wanting to see if they are eligible for free legal services should first call one of these community navigators:

  • Filipino Community of Seattle: 206-280-8406
  • South Park Information and Resource Center: 206-767-7445
  • West African Community Council: 206-349-0892

Legal services are provided by the following:
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (for adults and families): 206-816-3870
Kids in Need of Defense (for unaccompanied children): 206-359-3266

Earlier in 2017, both Seattle and King County passed legislation authorizing $1.5 million to fund a network of community-based nonprofit organizations to provide free legal aid to immigrants and refugees in detention, facing deportation or in danger of losing their immigration status.

For more information about the Legal Defense Network and its purpose, go to www.seattle.gov/iandraffairs/programs/legal-defense-fund.

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