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Immigrant Rights are Human Rights

NWIRP promotes justice for low-income immigrants by pursuing and defending their legal status. We focus on providing direct legal services, supported by our education and public policy work.

With your support, NWIRP is holding state-wide presentations and community workshops to provide legal assistance to the estimated 40,000 youth in Washington State who may qualify for President Obama’s Deferred Action program. Access our DREAMer Resource Page in English or Spanish


NWIRP is hiring: NWIRP seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) VAWA Legal Advocate in our Seattle Office. Click here to see all job openings.

We're hiring a Bilingual Attorney in our Seattle Office: The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish. The position will work on the following case types: Self-petitions under VAWA, U visas, SIJS, T visas, VAWA applications for adjustment of status, and removal defense for survivors of violence. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by September 21, 2014, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled. Click here to see all job openings.

NWIRP Expanding Statewide Efforts to Help Undocumented Youth Gain Education and Career Opportunities: Program supported by recent grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read the press release.

NWIRP and Partners Ask Federal Court to Block Deportation Hearings for Children Without Legal Representation: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and partners have asked a federal court to immediately block the government from pursuing deportation proceedings against several children unless it ensures those youth have legal representation. The move comes as immigration courts are speeding up deportation hearings against children in an expedited process sometimes referred to as a "rocket docket." Read the press release.

Final Order Provides Hundreds of Class Members in Duran-Gonzalez v. Holder with New Opportunity to Remain in US with Family: After 8 years of litigation led by NWIRP, a group of nearly 1,500 community members will finally have the opportunity to remain in the United States with their families. Read the press release.

NWIRP and Partners Sue Federal Government over Failure to Provide Legal Representation for Children Placed into Deportation Proceedings: On July 9, 2014, NWIRP and partners filed a national class action lawsuit against the Federal Government challenging their failure to provide legal representation to thousands of children facing deportation proceedings in immigration court. Read the press release.

NWIRP is hiring: We seek an experienced and passionate Development and Communications Director to be a critical member of the team advancing one of the most important human rights issues of our era. The organization is stable and well-positioned for substantial growth. We seek a strong leader and inclusive team player to take the organization’s fundraising efforts and public presence to the next level... Please click here to see all openings at NWIRP.

DACA Renewal Process: On June 5, 2014, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officially announced the renewal process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Please click here for the latest updates.

Renovación de DACA: El 5 de junio de 2014, el Servicio de Ciudadania e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS) oficialmente anunció el proceso de renovación para Acción Diferida (DACA). Favor de hacer click aqui para más información.

District Court Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement and Amends Class Definition in Duran-Gonzales: On March 21, 2014, the District Court granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement, including amending the class definition, in Duran Gonzales. The court set a fairness hearing for July 11, 2014, at which the Court will consider whether to approve the settlement. Please click here to read more.

Federal Court Rules Immigrant Detainees Must Be Given Bond Hearings: A federal court ruled late yesterday that a class of immigrants detained at the Tacoma-based Northwest Detention Center must be given bond hearings. Read the press release.

Federal Judge Approves Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers: “We are very excited that after the Court’s order, we are only four weeks away from changes that will help thousands of asylum seekers, people who were placed in desperate circumstances, unable to seek employment to support themselves and their families while waiting for their asylum applications to be resolved,” said Chris Strawn, director of the asylum unit at NWIRP. Read the press release.

Federal Judge Preliminarily Approves Amended Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers: Read the notice.

Settlement Reins in Border Patrol Stops on the Olympic Peninsula: Today, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the ACLU of Washington announce a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that challenged the Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants in the Olympic Peninsula. Read the press release.

Court Rules Law Enforcement Can't Prolong Stop to Question an Individual About Immigration Status: “This case was a clear-cut example of racial profiling. We are pleased that the Court made clear that state and local law enforcement are not authorized to detain individuals to investigate their immigration status. This will help ensure that people are not subjected to unlawful detention just to investigate their perceived immigration status,” said Matt Adams, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project staff attorney. Read the press release.

Community Advisory Regarding Proposals for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation: On June 27, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to reform our immigration system. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is encouraged that our political leaders recognize some of the serious flaws with our immigration system and the urgent need for reform. Because we are aware that this and other legislative proposals can lead to confusion about what is actually happening to immigration law, NWIRP would like to remind community members of the following... Click here to read more

Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers: On May 8, 2013, a federal district court issued an order preliminarily approving a settlement agreement in a nationwide class action lawsuit that challenged the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months or more for a decision on their asylum applications. Read the notice to class members and press release.

Vulnerable Immigrants in Deportation Proceedings Unable to Represent Themselves Must Get Counsel and a Hearing: “We are so pleased that, after three years of hard-pressed litigation, we have achieved a milestone of this significance--appointed counsel for one of the most vulnerable populations detained by the government,” said Michael H. Stenberg, co-lead counsel in a case won today on behalf of people in deportation proceedings that are unable to represent themselves in court due to mental disability. Read the press release.

Class Action Lawsuit Forces Policy Change to Protect Detained Immigrants with Serious Mental Disabilities: A class action lawsuit brought on by NWIRP, ACLU of Southern California and others, saw action today in the form of protection for people held in detention facilities who have serious mental health issues. Before this time, Immigration Customs Enforcement had not even begun to develop procedures to identify detainees with mental disabilities, and such individuals were forced to defend themselves in court. "Finally all sides seem to acknowledge that persons with severe disabilities need legal representation to have any chance at a fair hearing..." said Matt Adams, NWIRP Legal Director. Read the press release.

Agreement Reached in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers: The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have agreed to settle a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months or more for a decision on their asylum applications. If approved, this agreement will help ensure that asylum seekers are not prevented from working and supporting their families while the government decides their cases. Read the press release.

UW Report: Collaboration between King County jails and ICE results in unfair and costly impact: A study released today shows that collaboration between King Co. jails and ICE results in unfair and costly community impact - community members paying a terrible human cost that cannot be quantified. Read the press release.

Border Patrol Policy Change Important Victory for Border Communities: Important victory for border communities! Read the press release.

Federal Judge Rules that Lawsuit Against Border Patrol Actions on Olympic Peninsula May Move Forward: On Monday, August 27, 2012, Federal Judge Benjamin Settle issued an order denying the government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit targeting unlawful U.S. Border Patrol actions in the Olympic Peninsula. The lawsuit, filed by NWIRP and ACLU-WA, seeks to end the Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants without legal justification. Read the press release.

Community Advisory Regarding Deferred Action for DREAMers: NWIRP has released an advisory to help community members understand President Obama's recent announcement that his administration will be granting deferred action to some undocumented youth who came to the United States when they were children. Read the advisory here.


NWIRP Presents: An Evening at Wing Luke: Join us in celebrating our accomplishments of the last year and the last 30 years on Thursday, October 16th. Learn more.

Thank You for Celebrating 30 Years with Us: On Friday, May 9th, over 550 immigrant rights supporters came together to celebrate Northwest Immigrant Rights Project's 30 years of dignity, justice, and opportunity for immigrants and refugees. Learn more.

NWIRP DREAMer Deferred Action Legal Clinics and Workshops: Attend a community legal clinic or workshop to learn about the deferred action program and the opportunity to consult with an attorney or qualified legal representative. Learn more.

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