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Free Legal Defense Services Available For Immigrant And Refugees In Seattle, King County (WA)
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
- The Seattle Medium
Free Legal Defense Services Available For Immigrant And Refugees In Seattle, King County
"On Monday, officials announced that the Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network (LDN) is now available to provide legal aid and information to vulnerable immigrants and refugees.
The network is funded by both the City of Seattle and King County. As President Donald Trump heightened attacks against immigrant and refugee communities earlier this year, Councilmember M. Lorena González and then-Councilmember Tim Burgess announced their intent to pass legislation creating the Immigrant and Refugee Legal Defense Fund (LDF). This $1,000,000 from the general fund would be for community-based organizations providing legal defense and community navigation services. King County later authorized a $550,000 investment bringing the total amount of the Legal Defense Fund to $1.55 million.
The LDN consists of three nonprofit organizations acting as community navigators that can provide general information and eligibility screenings for immigrants. In addition, three nonprofit organizations in the network provide the direct legal services for qualifying applicants..."