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Tacoma requests proposals for Deportation Defense Fund

Mar 12, 2018 - 05:06 PM

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights is requesting applications from qualified organizations to offer legal representation to low-income immigrants living in Tacoma who are facing deportation, in detention centers, or in danger of losing their immigration status.

The Tacoma City Council formed the Immigrant and Refugee Task Force to support immigrants and refugee communities by making recommendations to council and city staff. The creation of a Deportation Defense Subfund was one of the task force’s recommendations.

In 2017, the City of Tacoma passed Resolution 39849, which set up the Deportation Defense Subfund in the amount of $50,000.

Immigration court and criminal court differ in many ways, but the major difference is that criminals are constitutionally guaranteed legal counsel if they can’t afford it. Undocumented immigrants are not.

The Office of Equity and Human Rights is accepting applications from organizations who “have a federal 501 ©(3) tax exempt status or evidence of fiscal agent relationship with a 501 ©(3) organization or be a private entity that is partnering with a 501 ©(3) organization or be a private entity that is mobilizing pro bono legal services.”

The deadline to submit is 11 a.m., Mar. 13, 2018. More information can be found here.


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