Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project strives for justice and equity for all persons, regardless of where they were born.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is a nationally-recognized legal services organization founded in 1984. Each year, NWIRP provides direct legal assistance in immigration matters to over 10,000 low-income people from over 150 countries, speaking over 60 different languages and dialects. NWIRP also strives to achieve systemic change to policies and practices affecting immigrants through impact litigation, public policy work, and community education. NWIRP serves the community from four offices in Washington State in Seattle, Granger, Tacoma, and Wenatchee.

Seattle Mom Sues Trump To Stop Travel Ban And Bring Her Son Home

Thank you to our client Juweiya Ali for sharing her courageous story of challenging the President of the United States in today's story on national NPR. We are proud to fight along Juweiya in her case, Ali v. Trump, to ensure she's reunited with her 7-year-old son soon. One of the many plaintiffs challenging President Trump's travel ban is a U.S. citizen who's trying to get a visa for her Somali-born son.

Immigration arrests spike in Seattle and Northwest under Trump

"We're creating a situation where many community members are afraid to have any contact with law enforcement," NWIRP's Tacoma Directing Attorney, Tim Warden-Hertz said. "That creates dangers across the board. I also think an enforcement regime that tears apart families doesn't create a better country." President Donald Trump is following through on his promise to crack down on illegal immigration. Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on


The court has ruled in NWIRP's favor and granted our request for temporary restraining order on a nationwide basis! This means that organizations that help immigrants throughout the country can not receive similar sanctions from the government for doing their work.

From Executive Director Jorge L. Barón:

"We are pleased by today's ruling from Judge Jones and pleased that he issued this temporary restraining order on a nationwide basis so other non-profit organizations can continue their work without the threat of being sanctioned."

We are so grateful for the support of this community and thrilled that we are able to continue providing legal assistance to immigrants facing deportation as we pursue this case. We are especially thankful for the support of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for their hard work on this case, as well as for the many organizations who submitted amicus briefs in support of NWIRP.

Abused and neglected immigrants gain new protections in Washington

Directing Attorney Tim Warden-Hertz speaks with KUOW about the new WA law which will allow vulnerable youth access to important immigration protections Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill this week that bolsters legal protections for young, undocumented immigrants who have been neglected, abused,

CWU panel: More immigration raids likely under Trump

Directing Attorney Laura Contreras discussed the new Immigration Raid Report hotline at a CWU panel on immigration last week ELLENSBURG — Ashley Garcia remembers hearing the helicopters flying over her Ellensburg home on the morning of Jan. 20, 2011.

Hotline set up to share rumors and reports of immigration raids in Northwest

We are thrilled to announce a new hotline (844-RAID-REP, or 844-724-3737) for reporting enforcement activity that will allow “rapid response” teams to check out rumors of immigration raids as they’re happening, and provide referrals to lawyers and other services when people are detained.

The hotline, launched by WA Immigrant Solidarity Network -Red de Solidaridad de Inmigrantes en WA will also track allegations of improper behavior by immigration officials, such as arrests made at churches, schools and other “sensitive locations,” as designated by the federal government.

DIAL 1-844-RAID-REP (1-844-724-3737) Immigration advocates have set up a hotline for reporting raids and other enforcement activity as they brace for President Trump to make good on his promise to crack down on those illegally here. More “rapid response” efforts are on the way.

Human Rights Lawyers Are Fighting a Justice Department Order to Stop Legal Aid for Immigrants

NWIRP Legal Director Matt Adams discusses our lawsuit challenging the DOJ order instructing us to cease and desist offering legal assistance to undocumented immigrants in deportation proceedings.

From Matt's interview:

"What they (the Department of Justice) are saying is that if we encounter someone who doesn’t have legal representation, that we are unable—we are being ordered to not—to refrain from assisting those individuals, unless we take on their case for full representation. But, of course, what this means is the vast majority of individuals will not receive any legal assistance. So, for example, just 40 minutes south of Seattle is a detention center where 1,500 individuals are locked up. Of those 1,500 people, 90 percent of them do not have an attorney. Our organization represents as many as we can, but that’s just a small portion of the 1,500 individuals who are locked up." A federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, heard arguments Monday over President Trump’s second travel ban, which sought to ban all refugees and citizens of six majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States. The panel of 13 judges appeared to be divided. As we broadcast from Seattle, w...


A BIG thank you to the 337 people (and counting!) who have donated to NWIRP through GiveBIG! Your generosity has helped raise nearly $50,000 to defend and advance immigrant rights. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.

Today, NWIRP and Columbia Legal Services staff was present at the signing of House Bill 1988, which will allow young adults in Washington State under the age of 21 to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. This important piece of legislation gives vulnerable young adults the opportunity to access safety, stability, and a bright future.

A client who is now eligible to apply for this protection had this to say, "I am so thankful for the law that they passed, which will help a lot of people like me who are alone in this country and feel defeated. I am very happy for this new protection."

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Tomorrow is your chance to Give BIG to NWIRP!

At this pivotal moment for immigrant rights, it takes all of us standing together to continue to create change. A gift to NWIRP helps keep families together, protects people from violence, and ensures that a person's ability to access justice and protection doesn't depend on where they were born or how much money they have. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.

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