ALL MEANS ALL
All children have a right to a free public education, regardless of their actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status or that of their parents. Article IX, Section 1, of the Washington State Constitution says, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.”
As public school educators, we have a constitutional duty to educate all school-age children who live within the boundaries of our school districts.
ALL MEANS ALL. Capital Region ESD 113 is committed to supporting immigrant families and the teachers and administrators at the schools they attend. Below are resources intended to help answer questions that have been raised as a result of recent actions taken by the federal government.
Fact sheet for families and school staff - explains limitation on DHS Immigration enforcement actions at sensitive locations.
OneAmerica Community Resource Directory
Immigration Legal Services:
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project - promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
- Colectiva Legal del Pueblo - a non-hierarchal collective organization founded for and by undocumented immigrants working to build community leadership and power for migrant justice through legal advocacy and education.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Referral Service - the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys.
- List of Organizations Recognized by Board of Immigration Appeals - organizations help in immigration proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), or both.
- Immigration Advocates Network National Legal Services Directory - nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services, listed by state, county or detention facility.
General Legal Services:
- Washington Law Help - a guide to free civil legal services for low-income people and seniors in Washington.
- Northwest Justice Project CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral) Hotline - a publicly funded statewide legal aid program for low income people and groups in Washington.
- Columbia Legal Services - advocates for people who face injustice and poverty, to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington - coaches people about how to assert their rights, and shares information about other organizations and agencies that can help.
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) - for victims of hate crimes, harassment or targeting, or discrimination for being Muslim, or seen as being Muslim.
Discrimination in employment, housing, others:
- WA State Human Rights Commission - addresses discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community.
Obtaining U.S. citizenship:
- Washington New Americans Program - connects immigrants and refugees in Washington State to the information and legal services needed to successfully naturalize and exercise their civic voice.
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Naturalization Program - provides citizenship services to legal immigrants who receive public assistance through cash, medical or food assistance programs administered by DSHS, including immigrants who are barred from federal benefits because of their immigration status and who are eligible to naturalize, or are within one year of being eligible to naturalize.
Public benefits for immigrants:
- Northwest Health Law Advocates - the consumer voice in the health care debate; improves access to health care for all Washington residents in furtherance of health as a human right.
- National Immigration Law Center – Economic Support - information about eligibility and other rules governing immigrants’ access to federal and state economic support programs.
Educational opportunities for undocumented students:
- Latino/a Educational Achievement Project - advocates for educational policies to close the opportunity gap for all historically under-served and underrepresented students.
- United We Dream - DREAM Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) educates, connects and empowers immigrant students, parents and educators to close the opportunity gap and engage in local efforts to improve educational equity.
- Educators for Fair Consideration - helps ndocumented young people confront inequities and fears imposed by political, legal and education systems that constrain their educational success and limit their career opportunities.
- American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Immigrant and Refugee Children Toolkit - a guide for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States.
General immigration policy/advocacy:
- American Immigration Council - a nonprofit that seeks to shape a 21st-century vision of the American immigrant experience through research and policy analysis, litigation and communications, and international exchange.
- Immigration Forum - a leading immigrant advocacy organization with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.
- National Immigration Law Center - dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants to achieve their full potential.
- Detention Watch Network - a network of advocates and activists around the country fighting for the dignity and rights of immigrants in detention.
- Fair Work Center - empowers workers to achieve fair employment by helping them understand and exercise their legal rights, improving working conditions and connecting with community resources.
- National Employment Law Project - fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed.
- National Day Laborer Organizing Network - works to unify and strengthen its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights.
Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes:
- Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) - mobilizes their member programs and allies to end domestic violence through advocacy and action for social change.
- Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates - a group of individuals, agencies, and organizations that work together to improve services for victims of crime and strengthen victims’ rights in the state of Washington.
- Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs - provides information, training and expertise to program and individual members who support victims, family and friends, the general public, and all those whose lives have been affected by sexual assault.
- YWCA Sexual Violence Legal Services - the only legal program in Washington focused exclusively on providing legal assistance to address the unique needs of victims of sexual violence.
If you have any questions about these resources, contact Dr. Dana Anderson, Capital Region ESD 113 Superintendent by email or at 360-464-6701.