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Deportation Defense Fund

Deportation Defense Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 24, 2017

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Rebecca Boydston, Office of Council Member Keith Blocker, rboydston@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 219-0679

 

City Allocates $50,000 to Assist Residents Facing Deportation

-- Residents Also Provided Avenue to Contribute to Deportation Defense Fund --

In response to growing community concerns about Tacoma residents facing deportation, the Tacoma City Council has authorized the creation of a Deportation Defense Fund to assist with their legal defense services. Basing the fund’s establishment on one of several recommendations provided by the Immigrant and Refugee Task Force, the City of Tacoma has made an initial allocation of $50,000 towards this fund. 

“We have been asked what more we can do as a city to ensure Tacoma residents facing deportation have the legal representation they need to protect their rights,” said District 3 Council Member Keith Blocker. “The establishment of this fund is a small step we can take to show our immigrant and refugee residents that they are valued in Tacoma. We have set up the fund so that the people of Tacoma can contribute to it as well.”    

Community members can contribute to the Deportation Defense Fund by sending a check to the City of Tacoma Treasurer’s Office (747 Market St., Room 246, Tacoma, WA 98402) with the subject line “Deportation Defense Fund” or by submitting a donation online at https://payment.cityoftacoma.org/donation.

Once the Deportation Defense Fund has reached $100,000 through matching funds from the community, or three months have passed, the City’s Office of Equity and Human Rights will issue a Request for Proposals for an external entity to administer the contracts for legal services.

Individuals will be eligible for legal assistance if they are able to prove they resided in Tacoma prior to facing deportation, and they meet income standards to be considered indigent and unable to obtain private legal counsel.  

“With limited funds, we have chosen to serve the neediest members of our community who are facing immediate deportation first,” said Blocker. “We want to do our best to keep families together.”  

Additional information on this initiative is available here, or by contacting Rebecca Boydston at rboydston@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 219-0679.

 

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