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.
One-pager (English | Spanish) to share with families in your school district
Fact sheet for families and school staff - explains limitation on DHS Immigration enforcement actions at sensitive locations.
Education & the US Court System
OneAmerica Community Resource Directory
Immigration Legal Services:
General Legal Services:
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:
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:
If you have any questions about these resources, contact Dr. Dana Anderson, Capital Region ESD 113 Superintendent by email or at 360-464-6701.