Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) (Washington State)

Founded 1984. Pursues and defends legal status of low-income immigrants in Washington State.
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Primary geographic focus: Washington
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: NWIRP
Tags: Immigration Process

NWIRP promotes justice for low-income immigrants in Washington State by pursuing and defending their legal status. We focus on providing direct legal services, supported by our education and public policy work. Founded in 1984, NWIRP serves low-income immigrants and refugees from more than 100 countries across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa.


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How America’s Bond System Keeps Immigrants Behind Bars

Max Rivlin-Nadler
April 19, 2016
Immigrants, over 30,000 of whom are in custody right now, are regularly denied bail bonds or offered bond that's too expensive, forcing them to stay in jail while they wait for authorities to process their case.

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Seattle Judge Rules Justice Department Can’t Limit Legal Assistance to Immigrants

Melissa Hellmann
YES! Magazine
May 18, 2017
In siding with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the ruling also prevents the department from issuing cease-and-desist letters to similar organizations around the country.

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The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack

Rachel B. Tiven
Nation, The
May 19, 2017
The Department of Justice is perverting a rule to shut down immigrant-rights lawyers.

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Judge: Nonprofit legal groups can keep helping immigrants

Associated Press (AP)
July 24, 2017
In April, the Justice Department told the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project that it cannot provide certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it undertakes full, formal representation of them in court.

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A Growing Lawyer ‘Army’ Is Banding Together to Protect Immigrants

Tania Karas
Nation, The
November 23, 2017
Immigrants with attorneys are four times more likely to be released from detention.

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Apelarán caso que negó abogado a menores en procesos de deportación

Pilar Marrero
La Opinión (Los Angeles)
January 31, 2018
Aún hay esperanza de una decisión diferente que de la oportunidad a jóvenes que escaparon de las maras.

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Detained Immigrant Parents in Washington Could Soon Be Transferred to Texas

Heidi Groover
Stranger (WA)
July 13, 2018
Parents detained in Washington state after being separated from their children at the southern border may now be moved to facilities in Texas, where they will be reunited with their kids but remain locked up.

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Lawyers welcome U.S. court order to slow deportations of separated families

Reuters News Service
July 17, 2018
The families had been separated amid a broader crackdown on illegal immigration by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, sparking an international outcry. The president ordered the practice stopped on June 20.

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Yakima County to Stop Detaining Individuals Based on ICE Warrants

Janine Loutzenhiser
February 7, 2019
In a press release sent out by Columbia Legal Services the Yakima County entered a settlement resolving claims brought on by previous cases, Sanchez-Ochoa and Olivera.


Refuge-seeking kids face deportation hearings alone

Martha Bergmark
September 4, 2014
Voices' ED Bergmark spotlights the work of civil legal aid attorneys, and calls for more resources so thousands of unaccompanied migrant children do not face complicated, high-stakes legal proceedings alone.

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