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Immigrant & Refugee Ministry

Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Immigrant & Refugee Ministry fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for immigrants, refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.

Share the Journey
Archdiocesan "Share the Journey" Web Page
Official Share the Journey Website
Look here for tool kits and resources to launch "Share the Journey" efforts in your own parish/school.
Share the Journey
Together, you and Pope Francis can lead the world in helping migrants and refugees.
Comparte el Camino
Juntos, el Papa Francisco y tú pueden liderar al mundo para ayudar a los migrantes y refugiados.

Legal Assistance
Washington Attorney List
A list of private immigration attorneys assembled by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). Services available in several languages.
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
Immigration Attorney List - Lista de Abogados de Inmigracion
Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network
In April 2017, the City of Seattle and King County passed legislation authorizing a total $1.5 million to fund a network of community-based nonprofit organizations to provide FREE legal aid to immigrants and refugees in detention, facing deportation/removal, or in danger of losing their immigration status. Click on this link to learn more about how to access legal services.
WA State, Office of the Attorney General, Immigration Services
Immigration law is one of the most complicated areas in the legal field. Washington State offers a trustworthy web site that includes how to locate legitimate legal services, how to check a person's credentials, how to report fraud, etc. Be especially careful to work only with an immigration attorney; people using "notario publico" on their business cards are NOT authorized to provide legal assistance.
Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS)
Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) of Catholic Community Services of Western Washington provides quality legal immigration assistance to low-income residents of Washington.


Know Your Rights & Mental Health Care for Immigrants
· Protect yourself and your family
· How to interact with enforcement agents
· How to develop an emergency family plan
· How to care for your family’s mental health
Conozca Sus Derechos y Cuidado de Salud Mental
· Protéjase a sí mismo y a su familia
· Cómo interactuar con agentes de inmigración
· Cómo desarrollar un plan familiar de emergencia
· Cómo cuidar la salud mental de su familia
Your Dream is God's Dream
With the cancellation of DACA, we stand with our young people who are affected. As people of faith in times of difficulty and uncertainty, we gather to place our trust in God. Together we discern His calling, and rejoice in His invitation to action. The day will feature Bishop Elizondo
and several peer leaders, who will co-facilitate the process. Join us to See - Judge - Act! Saturday, May 12th 9 AM - 5 PM in Isaac Orr Conference Room.
Protégé a tu Familia! Protect Your Family!
The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center will host a Spanish workshop featuring attorneys who will help develop emergency family plans for immigrant community members. Saturday, June 2nd at Delridge Community Center in Seattle. 10:00 AM - Interactive Workshop. 1:30 PM - Individual Consultations in Spanish.
Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor: Laudato Si Summit
A summit marking the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si’. Saturday, June 2nd at Seattle University from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Register by May 29th to assure a spot! There is no cost to attend.

Archdiocesan Statements
Statement from Seattle Bishop's regarding DACA Cancellation - September 5th, 2017
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, and Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg respond to the alarming cancellation of the DACA program.
Statement from Seattle Bishop's regarding DACA Cancellation [Spanish]
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, and Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg respond to the alarming cancellation of the DACA program.
Statement from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Feb. 2, 2017
A response to the recent Executive Order regarding refugees.
Statement from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo [Spanish]
A response to the recent Executive Order regarding refugees.
Letter from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Dec. 8, 2016
A letter of support for immigrant and refugee community members.
Letter from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo [Spanish]
A letter of support for immigrant and refugee community members.

Groundwork for Solidarity on Immigration
Bishop Elizondo's Letter Regarding Groundwork Project
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo offers a letter announcing the completion of our listening project with the Catholic Hispanic community and outlining some of our tailored response efforts.
Carta del Obispo Elizondo
Obispo Elizondo explica un proyecto titulado "Trabajando para la Solidaridad con los inmigrantes."
Groundwork for Solidarity on Immigration - Project Report
A concise report on the stated needs of the Catholic Hispanic community during the current immigration crisis. Small groups of Hispanic Catholics gathered in 12 parishes and programs outside of King County to offer input. Our archdiocesan Immigrant & Refugee Ministry is seeking to respond to these needs.
Trabajo Preliminar Solidaridad Con La Inmigracion - Reporte del Proyecto

Know Your Rights
Know Your Rights Videos from Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities produced these Know Your Rights videos to help educate the community.
JFI Know Your Rights Videos [English & Spanish]
Know your rights with immigration enforcement officers. Conozca sus derechos frente a oficiales de inmigración.
Know Your Rights: A Collection of Resources
Resources from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Enforcement Resources, including Sensitive Locations FAQs
On this page, you will find various downloadable informational resources to use as handouts or for your general information.
Nine Ways to Protect Yourself [English]
Nine Ways to Protect Yourself [Spanish]
Prepárese y Protéjase Nueve maneras de protegerse

Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration
The Catholic Church in the United States is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance and pastoral care to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and people on the move. Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to “welcome the stranger among us,” for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
JustFaith Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey
JustFaith Ministries’ new 8-week program invites participants to formulate a personal response, inspired
by their Christian beliefs, to the 21st-century reality
of migration.

The module is designed for small groups of 8 -
12 and explores some of the central questions
related to the reality of migration on a global level
and in the U.S. context.
FREE ESL & Citizenship Tutoring
(one teacher to one student)
Tutoring location and time: any public place and time convenient for both tutor and student weekdays, weekends, day time, & evenings
Rapid Response Tools & Reporting Hotline 1-844-714-3737
Rapid response tools from the Immigrant Solidarity Network.
Resource for Red Cards to Assert Rights
Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Knowing and asserting rights can make a huge difference in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights.
Cards to Assert Rights
Cards provided by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC)
Plan de Inmigrantes para la Seguridad de Jóvenes y Niños
La información a continuación se reunió para ayudar a familias que están enfrentando una posible detención o deportación de padres con hijo/as (hijo/as que tengan o no estado de ciudadanía). Este documento es un recurso colectivo para la comunidad; **ESTO NO ES CONSEJO LEGAL**.
Immigrant Safety Plan for Youth and Children
This information was gathered to help families who are facing potential detainment or deportation of parents with children (children with or without status). This document is a collective community resource, **THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE**.
Family Preparedness Plan
Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. This packet will help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status. However, because of the additional challenges immigrant and mixed status families face, we also have additional advice for immigrants.
Develop an Emergency Plan [Spanish]
Proteje a tu familia! Prepara un plan de emergencia. Un recurso de IPJC.
Plan Familiar En Caso de Emergencia
Cada familia debe tener un plan en caso de emergencia. Aunque nuestro deseo es que usted nunca tenga que usar este plan, es buena práctica tener uno a la mano para reducir el estrés de lo inesperado. Este paquete le ayudará a crear un plan familiar sin importar su estatus migratorio. Sin embargo, debido a los retos adicionales que enfrentan las familias inmigrantes y las compuestas de miembros con diferentes estatus migratorios, también tenemos consejos adicionales para los inmigrantes.
Anti-Trafficking Toolkit
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month & Day of Prayer Toolkit
Ideas for Parish Groups
A list of ideas for parishes seeking to respond to local immigrant & refugee needs.
A Guide for Allies of Refugees and Immigrants
Learn * Volunteer * Donate * Advocate
Discerning How To Welcome Your Neighbor
Each of us wants to be part of a welcoming community, but we often find ourselves at a loss as to where to start. We know the Lord calls on us, but how? What if I don’t have the space or the means to provide shelter? What if there are no immigrants in my community? What if those around me are reluctant to learn about immigration? Addressing these questions requires careful discernment. Instead of listing what you don’t have, turn inward and allow God to illuminate your community’s strengths.
How Can We Assist Immigrants and Refugees?
Suggestions from the USCCB Justice for Immigrants Campaign.
St. James Immigrant Assistance Resource List
A comprehensive list of resources and information for immigrants, refugees, and allies.
Immigration 101 Training Video
Jorge L. Barón gives a training for social service providers interested in learning more about how they can better serve the immigrant community.
Syrian Refugee Crisis: 7 Things You Can Do to Help
CRS action items in support of Syrian refugees.
Justice for Immigrants Website
We are one family under God.

Northwest Detention Center Information
A Guide to the Northwest Detention Center
This pamphlet has been prepared by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to provide useful information to friends and family of detainees at the Northwest Detention Center.
Este panfleto fue preparado por el Proyecto Para los Derechos del Inmigrante para proveer información útil a la familia y amigos de detenidos en el Centro de Detención.

USCCB & CRS Responses to Executive Orders
U.S. Bishops Migration Chairman Responds to New Executive Order
The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says that President Trump’s latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk. In a statement issued after the announcement of today’s travel suspension, Bishop Vásquez says that while we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in assisting and continuing to welcome the stranger.
U.S. Bishops Chair on Migration Responds to Immigration Enforcement and Border Security
On February 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two memoranda implementing Executive Orders 13768 and 13767, relating to border and interior immigration enforcement. In response to the memoranda, the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement:
USCCB Statement on 1st Executive Order Regarding Refugees
President and Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees
USCCB Position on Executive Order Regarding Border Wall
Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Administration’s Announcement to Build a Wall at U.S.-Mexico Border, Increase Detention and Deportation Forces.
USCCB Position on Executive Order Regarding Sanctuary Cities
USCCB Committee On Migration Chair Responds To Trump Administration Sanctuary City Executive Order
USCCB Position on Executive Order Regarding Refugees
USCCB Committee On Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee And Immigrant Families
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo's USCCB Letter
USCCB Migration Chairman Calls Upon Elected Officials and All Americans to Work Together to Welcome Refugees and Immigrants without Sacrificing Our Core Values and Security
CRS Response to Executive Orders
Head of CRS reacts to Executive Order banning refugees.
CRS Calls for Refugee Ban to be Suspended; More Humane Approach Needed
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) urges the Administration to suspend implementation of the January 27 Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, until a more focused, targeted, and humane approach can be developed in consultation with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders.

Homilies & Pastoral Reflections
Pope Francis offers a message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018

“Welcoming, protecting, promoting and
integrating migrants and refugees”
St. James Cathedral Addresses the Immigration Ban from the Pulpit
Father Michael G. Ryan's Homily on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sacred Heart, Lacey Bulletin Reflection
Fr. Tim Ilgen reflects on immigration issues.
Immigration: Some Cases to Consider
A blog post by Fr. Bryan Ochs. This is not intended to be a thorough discussion of National Security and immigration. It is only to raise awareness of how certain deportations could negatively effect our community.

Justice for Immigrants Advocacy Toolkit
A toolkit for people to set up in-district meetings with their representatives. It provides comprehensive information including the JFI legislative agenda regarding appropriations.
Phone-in Fridays
An advocacy resource from JFI. Use the following scripts to voice your support for immigrants and refugees during Lent.
Advocacy Actions for Responding to Recent Migration-Related Executive Orders
Action steps from the Justice for Immigrants Campaign
Please urge Congress to help Syrian refugees
The plight of Syrian refugees is great. Ask Congress to support these sisters and brothers of ours by welcoming them, offering assistance and seeking an end to the war. You can send an email and you can call your members of Congress: 888-562-8232
Please Support the BRIDGE Act and Protect DACA Youth
Send this JFI action alert in support of immigrant youth

DACA & BRIDGE Act Materials
What is DACA?
Explanation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
BRIDGE Act Letter to the House
The USCCB offers a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives supporting the BRIDGE Act (S.128/H.R. 496), which protects DACA-eligible youth from deportation.
BRIDGE Act Talking Points
Suggestions from the USCCB for letters and legislative visits that advocate for the BRIDGE Act (S.128/H.R. 496).

In the News
Rejecting refugees defies 'God's Word' -- growing religious resistance to President Trump
The rising Seattle-area religious resistance to President Trump's immigration/refugee order was joined from the St. James Cathedral pulpit Sunday, as the Very Rev. Michael Ryan depicted the crackdown as contravening both "God's Word" and America's values.
Western Washington’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the Trump administration’s entry ban on refugees and Muslims.
Seattle Times Article on Christian Response to President Trump's Immigration Ban
Seattle-area worshippers mourn, denounce President Trump's immigration ban.
An Encounter with Dreamers Article
Northwest Catholic covers a recent event that sought to connect people with "Dreamers" from our area and around the country.
Northwest Catholic Article on Immigrant Dignity
As Trump talks deportation, bishop sends message on immigrants' dignity

National Migration Week
National Migration Week Toolkit 2018
Many Journeys, One Family

The theme for National Migration Week 2018 draws attention to the fact that each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. Regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another.
Pope Francis' Special Video Message
A Message from the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Response to Pope Francis’ Video Message During National Migration Week.
Message from the President and Vice President of USCCB
Memo from Rev. Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, General Secretary highlighting message from the President and Vice President of USCCB on National Migration Week [English and Spanish]
USCCB National Migration Week 2017
Resources from the USCCB, including the National Migration Week Toolkit
National Migration Week Insert
Learn facts and information about National Migration Week!
A Letter from the Heart of an Undocumented Immigrant
In recognition that this is National Migration Week and at the invitation of the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Voice of the Poor Committee, for the first time I am telling my story of coming to the United States as an undocumented immigrant.

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