Welcoming Immigrant and Refugee Communities to King County
Welcoming Immigrant and Refugee communities to King County
King County proudly upholds the fundamental, self-evident truth announced at our nation's founding: that all are created equal. We embrace the basic American value that we are a nation of opportunity for all. Immigrants and refugees are welcome here, and our region has acted decisively to become more inclusive, removing barriers to affordable housing, transit, health, economic opportunity and strong childhood development. We continue to uphold the same values and move forward with a strategy that sets our region apart as a leader in protecting the rights of all people in our communities.
Executive Constantine and members of the King County Council established a rapid response fund in 2017 to protect immigrants and refugees amid rising concern for communities’ safety and well-being. The intended outcome for King County funds are to ensure that immigrants and refugees know their rights, all key facilities are prepared to help those at risk and welcoming to all residents, and to increase empowerment, advocacy, and democracy in our communities. In partnership with City of Seattle and Seattle Foundation we provided $2.25 million in emergency funding to community-based partners protecting civil and legal rights of King County Residents through education and advocacy, especially to vulnerable residents and those at risk of deportation. Please click here to see a list of organizations funded in 2017.
Tools and Resources for service providers:Please click here to see this list of Know Your Rights materials and tools and resources for public health and nonprofit partners.
Immigrant and Refugee Task Force Report and Recommendations:In 2015 the King County Council and King County Executive formed the King County Immigrant and Refugee Task Force. The Task Force was charged with making recommendations on the creation of a King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission, including, but not limited to, recommendations on the commission’s membership, mission and scope of duties (see Ordinance 18085). The task force met over a period of nine months and held more than 20 community meetings where we heard the feedback and input of over 500 members of immigrant and refugee communities. The attached report reflects the process and the recommendations of this task force with the full consensus of the group. Please Download the Report here.
For questions, please contact Bgheisar@kingcounty.gov.