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Please continue to update the State's Shared Calendar with your events, workshops, and meetings.

Report Immigration Activities


As the new federal administration steps up efforts to threaten and terrorize immigrant families, community members across Washington continue to respond by developing innovative solutions to protect vulnerable immigrant communities.

The recently formed Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network ( has unveiled a new text message system to alert families of confirmed federal immigration enforcement activity that may be happening in their community. This text message alert system is the expansion of the network’s existing hotline for people to report ICE activity throughout the state. Since early May, bilingual volunteers have been staffing this hotline (844-RAID-REP or 844-724-3737), which runs 7 days a week, from 6am to 9pm.


Callers to the hotline are asked questions about the incident, including location, the uniforms worn by the enforcement agents, and individuals who have been detained. These dispatchers will then send other volunteers to the location to confirm Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity. Upon confirmation, the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network then utilizes social media to alert community members of the activity. And legal observers and other volunteers will provide family members with legal information and resources to help whoever has been detained.

Nonprofit Organizations and Social Service Providers

Advisory developed by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project for non-profit partners, social service providers and others on how they can protect their clients if immigration agents come to their building or otherwise tried to detain their clients. Please click here to read the advisory.    

Public Health Organizations

  1. King County has developed a training video for public health providers to provide guidance on how they can protect their clients if immigration agents come to their building. Please click here to watch.

  2. King County has developed a tool kit for community health centers and clinics:
  3. National Immigration Law Center has developed several important tools:        
  4. Read the 13-page guide titled: Public Health Actions for Immigrant Rights:  A Short Guide to Protecting Undocumented Residents and Their Families for the Benefit of Public Health and All Society.

Sanctuary Cities Explained

Click here for the video where a nonprofit attorney does a terrific job explaining the Trump executive orders on immigration, including why local law enformcement accross the country have decided not to act as customs enforcement agents.


Other Resources

1- City of Seattle resource list:

2- Muslim Community Resource Center:

3- Muslim Housing Services:

4- Welcome Home Refugees:

5- WA Law Help info on benefits available to folks applying for asylum:

6- Cities Leading for Immigrant Integration: the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), based at the University of Southern California, has produced this report about best practices and case examples of how U.S. cities address integration.

7- New American Economy: brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. NAE provides data and stories about the contributions of new Americans throughout our economy and across different sectors. Explore nationwide map and learn more about the contributions immigrants make in your city, state, or district.

Educational Institutions

Support for Educators: K-12 Coalition to protect Undocumented Students: Coalition Partners:21 Progress, Asian Counseling and Referral Services, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP), One America, Power to Define, Storytellers for Change, Washington Dream Coalition The Starter-Ally Toolkit: A Community Resource for Anyone Who Supports Undocumented King Count K-12 Students and Families. 

Community Engagement

1. National ACLU launched People Power, a grassroots initiative designed to encourage people to engage in direct advocacy on civil rights and civil liberties issues in their communities. As a first step, the national program has asked people to contact elected officials and law enforcement departments about immigrant rights related topics.  The program encourages activists to ask about whether their local governments are "freedom cities," a concept meant to ensure that all of us are safe, protected, and able to access needed services in our communities without regard to immigration status. 

2. Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is working on Rapid Response efforts across the state. They organize  teams of volunteers to support neighbors and friends in the event of an ICE raid, or community emergency.  Click here to sign up.

Travel Support

A group of lawyers and technology advocates worked to build Airport Lawyer. This free web app allows community members to securely share information about nationals arriving from Travel Ban countries. The arrivals information can then be securely passed along to the huge groups of volunteer attorneys that have been organized to monitor arrivals. The hope is that this will make it easier to assess when Travel Ban nationals encounter issues at secondary.

Sensitive Location

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sensitive locations policies, which remain in effect, provide that enforcement actions at sensitive locations should generally be avoided, and require either prior approval from an appropriate supervisory official or exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action.  ICE and CBP have made available Frequently Asked Questions to clarify what types of locations are covered by these policies.

Here is a sample template from El Centro de la Raza establishing their offices as a sensitive location. 

Know Your Rights Materials:

1.  Please see link for a series of KYR videos in Spanish and English, including what to do if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes to an agency, workplace, house, etc.

2.  Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles Has many Know Your Rights resources available on their site.  The resources include Know Your Rights (made by AAAJ-Atlanta) in the following languages:

Arabic | Bengali | Burmese | Chinese | Gujarati | Karen 

Khmer | Korean | Nepali | Urdu | Vietnamese

3.  iAmerica: More Know Your Rights resource

Spanish | Polish | Korean | Tagalog | Simplified Chinese

Vietnamese | Khmer | Hiindi | Haitian Creole

4.  The National Korean American Services & Education Consortium (NAKASEC):  24/7 immigration hotline in Korean & English:1-800-500-3222

5.  Informed Immigrant: In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, millions of documented and undocumented immigrants face increased uncertainty around their status in the United States. Immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country have banded together and pooled resources to help immigrants and their allies obtain the current best-known information and guidance. A lot of useful information can be found at:

6. Safety Plan for Youth and Children, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children:  This safety plan is meant to aid families in preparing for the potential detainment or deportation of parents with children (children with or without status):

Safety Plan in English | in Spanish | in Somali

7.  National Immigration Law Center Pamphlet: Know Your Rights at Home and At Work.  This pamphlet by the NILC in English and Spanish explains what community member rights are in regard to immigration raids, interactions with immigration officials, and more. Access the pamphlet in the languages below:

English | Spanish

8.  ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union has a number of helpful resources that addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. The booklet is for citizens and non-citizens, with information for non-citizens in a separate section. Please note that while this booklet is informative and accurate, it is not a substitute for legal advice. We've included links to this downloadable pamphlet in several languages below:

English | Arabic | Urdu | Farsi | Hindi | Punjabi | Somali | Español | Français

9.  How to Protect Yourself from Immigration Raids:  The following brochure outlines how you and protect yourself if you are arrested or detained by the US Government. Remember that if you are arrested it is your right to refuse to answer any questions. Do not lie; say nothing or say "I need to speak to my lawyer."

English | Español

10.  Emergency Preparedness for Those at Risk of Deportation  
Immigrant Defense Project Resource List Power of attorney form, action plan during a raid, HIPPA form, plan for financial needs, and other resources including tips on how to avoid frauds and scams. Several of the materials are available in Spanish and English.

11.  American Friends Service Committee:  Offers materials on understanding your rights in these languages:

English and Spanish

Understanding the Executive Orders

International Refuge Assistance project - KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Travel to the U.S. After the March 6, 2017 Executive Order

Summary of Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States or “Refugee/Muslim Ban 2.0” (Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic for American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee)

Latest Developments on the Executive Orders (Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic) 

American Immigration Lawyers Association:  has provided summary and analysis of the two DHS memos signed by Secretary Kelly dated February 20, 2017, which implement President’s Trump’s Executive Orders on interior enforcement and border enforcement issued on January 25. These, along with the memos are posted on AILA's Immigration 2017 Featured Issue page.

AILA Summary and Analysis of the DHS Memorandum on Interior Enforcement
AILA Summary and Analysis of the DHS Memorandum on Border Enforcement

DHS Memo Implementing President Trump's Executive Order on Interior Enforcement
DHS Memo Implementing President Trump's Executive Order on Border Enforcement 

AILA/American Immigration Council: Summary and Brief Analysis of Trump Executive Order on Interior Enforcement
AILA/American Immigration Council: Summary and Brief Analysis of Trump Executive Order on Border Security and Enforcement

Considering Sanctuary?

Here is an analysis of How Much Funding for Sanctuary Jurisdictions Could Be at Risk?

Understanding Sanctuary:

Searching for Sanctuary: An analysis of America's Counties and Their Voluntary Assistance with Deportations

Expanding Sanctuary: 

Download the new report from Mijente on expanding sanctuary cities to protect all residents from criminalization and deportation.  What Makes a City a Sanctuary Now?