For Immediate Release
Contact: Jorge L. Barón, NWIRP, 206.957.8609
NWIRP to Celebrate 25 Years of Serving Immigrant Communities
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the only organization providing comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income individuals and families in Washington State, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a fundraising event at the Seattle Hilton, this coming Saturday, October 10.
Jorge L. Barón, NWIRP’s Executive Director, released the following statement: “For two and a half decades, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has been defending the rights of immigrants and refugees from every corner of the world. We are incredibly proud that, through our work, thousands of individuals and families have been able to find protection and stability in our country. Saturday’s event will not only be a celebration of our past achievements but also an opportunity to reaffirm our shared commitment to defending the dignity of all human beings regardless of where they were born.”
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project began in 1984 as the Joint Legal Task Force (JLTF), a grassroots effort to respond to the needs of Central American refugees who had fled the civil wars in that region. Over the next several years, JLTF merged with other organizations that had also been providing assistance to the immigrant community, emerging in 1992 as NWIRP. Over the period of its existence, NWIRP has provided direct representation in immigration cases to thousands of individuals and families and other forms of assistance (such as community education and advice and counseling) to tens of thousands of others. The impact of NWIRP’s work has not only had a profound impact on the individuals represented by the organization, but also helped to affect immigration law at the national and regional level.
Some examples of NWIRP’s clients over this time include:
- Sherezade Guerrero: a young survivor of domestic violence, whose life and legal status were in jeopardy due to her husband’s abuse and threats;
- Sergey Moskovkin: a refugee from Ukraine, who was placed in deportation proceedings because of a paperwork mix-up; he was facing deportation without an attorney to represent him despite the fact that one of his sons was serving on active duty in the U.S. military in Iraq; with NWIRP’s help, Mr. Moskovkin was able to successfully defend himself in court and eventually became a U.S. citizen; he now resides in the Tri-Cities;
- Martha Zuniga and Laura Pedroza, a lesbian couple from Mexico, who sought asylum in the U.S. due to abuse, harassment and discrimination through NWIRP’s pro bono referral program;
About NWIRP’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
NWIRP’s Anniversary Celebration will be a reception held at the Seattle Hilton, October 10, 2009 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to hear stories of individuals served by NWIRP, both in a speech from former NWIRP client Sherezade Guerrero and through multimedia displays showcasing 25 years of the organization’s history and community impact. Enrique Cerna, Executive Producer of KCTS Connects, will emcee the brief program, which includes live oud and baglama music by Omar Haggag and a special Flamenco show by Arte Flamenco featuring Ester Marion, Rafael Vargas and Amelia.
NWIRP will present its 2009 Golden Door award to Radio KSVR 91.7 and 2009 Amicus award to Matthew Geyman of Phillips Law Group PLLC.
Radio KSVR 91.7, created in 1997, is a community radio station in Mount Vernon, WA, owned and operated by Skagit Valley College, reaching more than 100,000 people in the Skagit Valley and northern peninsula areas. Programming on KSVR has a large focus on immigration issues, broadcasting in several languages, including Spanish, Mixteco, Canjobal, Russian and more.
Matt Geyman, this year’s Amicus award winner, is a longtime supporter and advocate for immigrant rights who has taken on large pro bono cases for NWIRP. Among other cases, Matt has won compensation for the families of Guatemalan forestry workers who died in a 2004 van accident and a class action suit for Washington farm workers, requiring medical monitoring to protect farm pesticide handlers. Matt is the Chair of the Steering Committee, Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project.
The reception will also honor the memory of Beth Peterman, a dedicated advocate for immigrant rights and a Program Officer in Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A former member of NWIRP’s board of directors, Beth lost her battle with brain cancer at age 38 this year.
Heavy hors d’oeurves and Spanish tapas will be served. With the price of admission $100, guests receive two complimentary drink tickets. To attend the event, register online at http://www.nwirp.org
What: NWIRP's 25th Anniversary Celebration!
Where: The Hilton Seattle
1301 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
When: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 5:30 - 8:00pm
NWIRP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. For tax purposes, the value of one ticket is $38.
* * *
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project 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. NWIRP is the only entity in the list of “Free Legal Services” that is given to individuals placed in removal (aka deportation) proceedings in Washington State.
- Federal Judge Approves Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
- Federal Judge Preliminarily Approves Amended Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
- Settlement Reins in Border Patrol Stops on the Olympic Peninsula
- Court Rules Law Enforcement Can't Prolong Stop to Question an Individual About Immigration Status
- Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
- Vulnerable Immigrants in Deportation Proceedings Unable to Represent Themselves Must Get Counsel and a Hearing
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to Recognize Regional Leaders
- Class Action Lawsuit Forces Policy Change to Protect Detained Immigrants with Serious Mental Disabilities
- Agreement Reached in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
- UW Report: Collaboration between King County jails and ICE results in unfair and costly impact
- Widespread Abuse by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Documented in National Wave of Complaints
- Legal Groups to Announce Wave of Cases Highlighting Nationwide Abuses By U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Granger Community Legal Workshop: Get Free Attorney Help With DREAMer Deferred Action Forms
- Seattle/Des Moines Community Legal Workshop: Get Free Attorney Help With DREAMer Deferred Action Forms
- NWIRP places two members on key Shriver Center Leadership Program
- Breaking News: Border Patrol Policy Change Important Victory for Border Communities
- Granger Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Omak Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Bellevue Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Spokane Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Yakima Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Everett Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Mattawa and Yakima Community Legal Workshops: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Olympia/Lacey Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- NWIRP Presents: An Evening at Wing Luke Celebrating 28 Years of Reuniting Families
- Walla Walla Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Pasco Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Seattle/Des Moines Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- Wenatchee Community Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
- 10 Members of Congress Join Northern Borders Coalition Demand for Civil Rights Audit of Border Patrol
- Federal Judge Rules that Lawsuit Against Border Patrol Actions on Olympic Peninsula May Move Forward
- Granger Community Workshop: Do you qualify for DREAMer Deferred Action?
- Tacoma Community Workshop – Do you qualify for DREAMer Deferred Action?
- Wednesday: Press Conference - The DREAMer Deferred Action Program Unveiled
- Immigrant Rights and Civil Rights Leaders React to SB1070 Decision and Announce Renewed Efforts to Fight
- Federal Agency Rules Against Use of Border Patrol Agents as Interpreters
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Presents: 28th Anniversary Celebration
- NWIRP Challenges Local Law Enforcement Use of U.S. Border Patrol Agents as “Interpreters”
- Lawsuit Challenges Unconstitutional Stops and Interrogations by Border Patrol Agents on Olympic Peninsula
- Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Asserting Right to Counsel for Immigrant Detainees with Mental Disabilities
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Partners Target “Asylum Clock” in Class Action Lawsuit
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Presents: An Evening at Wing Luke, Celebrating 27 Years of Reuniting Families
- Minor Changes to "Secure Communities" Do Not Address Inherent Problems with the Program
- Man Nearly Deported Awaiting Asylum Decision for Sixteen Years
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Celebrates 27 Years of Service to Washington State Immigrants and Refugees
- DHS Agrees to Pay $400,000 to U.S. Citizen, Army Veteran, Unlawfully Detained by Immigration for Over Seven Months
- Federal Court Rules in Favor of NWIRP Client, Reaffirms Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
- Immigrants Win Right to Representation
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Center for Justice Achieve Settlement in Case of Immigrant Detained Unlawfully
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Partners File First Class-Action Lawsuit On Behalf of Immigrants with Mental Disabilities
- United States v. Arizona racial profiling law
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Legal Voice, Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, National Employment Law Project and ACLU of Washington Unite to Praise Washington Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Integrity of the Court System
- NWIRP to receive national recognition
- NWIRP to Celebrate 25 Years of Serving Immigrant Communities
- NWIRP E.D. Jorge Baron on KUOW 94.9
- NWIRP Wins "Moving Mountains" award from Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
- NWIRP wins City of Seattle Human Rights Award
- Federal Appeals Court Rules For Jamaican Gay Man and NWIRP Client, Finds “Pattern or Practice” of Persecution Against Gay Jamaican Men
- Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Challenging Unreasonable Delays Granting Citizenship
- U.S. Citizen and Army Veteran Spends Nine Months In Detention While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Denies Detaining Citizens
- NWIRP Expresses Its Opposition to Planned Expansion of DHS Detention Center
- Matt Adams Wins National Excellence in Litigation Award