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DACA Legal Clinics and Resources

On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as of March 5, 2018.

Current DACA beneficiaries whose benefits expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 are eligible to apply for renewal. The deadline for renewal is October 5, 2017. 

We want to inform you of upcoming free legal clinics throughout the greater Seattle community to assist with renewal applications, legal consultations and information on next steps and options for DACA beneficiaries:

Monday, September 18th, at 5pm
Cleveland High School: DACA information session, specifically for teachers & educators
5511 15th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

Sponsored by: Colectiva, NWIRP & WDC
More info here.

Thursday, September 21st, at 5 pm (call to make an appointment: 1-855-313-7326)
Perkins Coie
1201 3rd Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101
Sponsored By: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

Friday, September 22nd, at 3pm (call to make an appointment: (206) 721-8458)
ReWA (Main Office)
4008 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

Sponsored By: ReWA
More info here.

Friday, September 22nd, at 6pm
Everett Community College, Jackson Conference Center
2000 Tower St
Everett, WA 98201

Sponsored By: AILA, Colectiva, IPJC, NWIRP & WDC
More info here.

Sunday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m.
South Seattle College – Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108
Sponsored By: South Park Information and Resource Center, Washington Dream Coalition, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, Catholic Immigration Legal Services, Refugee Women’s Alliance, St. James Immigrant Assistance
More info here.

Tuesday, September 26th, at 4 pm (call to make an appointment: 1-855-313-7326)
Microsoft Building 34
3720 159th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Sponsored By: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

Friday, September 29th, at 3 pm (call to make an appointment: (206) 721-8458)
ReWA (Main Office)
4008 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

Sponsored By: ReWA
More info here.

You will need to bring the following to the clinics:

  • A Copy of your previously filed DACA application(s) that you submitted to USCIS and mail you have received from USCIS
  • Copy of work permit or copy of I-765 approval notice (greenish paper)
  • $495 money order addressed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for filing fee
  • 2 passport pictures (2 inches by 2 inches)
  • 2 photo IDs
  • Social Security Number

If you are unable to make to one of these clinics, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is also hosting several free community forums regarding the end of the DACA program where community members will be given an opportunity to briefly meet with an attorney to discuss their options. You can find a list of these forums at this link.

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the City of Seattle also have DACA webpages with current information, resources and listings of free legal clinics.

Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice sends letter to Department of Homeland Security regarding immigration enforcement activities in Washington Courts

In response to a recent uptick in immigration enforcement activities around Washington courthouses, Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst sent a letter to Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expressing concerns and possible solutions. Full text of the letter can be found by clicking here.

Citing reports from lawyers and judges about this increased presence, Fairhurst said, “These developments are deeply troubling because they impede the fundamental mission of our courts, which is to ensure due process and access to justice for everyone, regardless of immigration status.

Highlighting that the fear of apprehension, even for those with lawful immigration status, may deter individuals from accessing courthouses, Fairhurst said, “Our ability to function relies on individuals who voluntarily appear to participate and cooperate in the process of justice.”

“When people are afraid to appear for court hearings, out of fear of apprehension, their ability to access justice is compromised,” she said, adding, “their absence curtails the capacity of our judges, clerks and court personnel to function effectively…and risk making our communities less safe.” Lawyers report that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities are occurring at courthouses in Clark, Clallam, Cowlitz, King, Skagit and Mason counties.

In addition to welcoming a meeting to discuss the issue further, Fairhurst encourages the Department to designate courthouses as “sensitive locations” – a term used by the Department of Homeland Security in Policy 10029.2 to guide and limit such activities in locations such as schools and universities, places of worship, community centers and hospitals.

While a “sensitive location” designation does not preclude enforcement actions on these sites, the policy states that these venues will generally be avoided to enhance the public understanding and trust to ensure people seeking to participate in activities or utilize services are free to do so without fear or hesitation.

Designating courts as sensitive locations will, “assist us in maintaining the trust that is required for the court to be a safe and neutral public forum. It will assure our residents that they can and should appear for court hearings without fear of apprehension for civil immigration violations,” wrote Fairhurst.

 

Read the original version of this article here.


Washington Courts Media Contacts:

Wendy K. Ferrell
Judicial Communications Manager
360.705.5331
e-mail Wendy.Ferrell@courts.wa.gov
Lorrie Thompson
Communications Officer
360.705.5347
Lorrie.Thompson@courts.wa.gov