KIAC's Fall Dinner & Auction Event
Saturday, September 8th, 2018
5 p.m. at Kitsap Golf & Country Club, Bremerton
As a friend of Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, you’ve shown that you care about the rights of immigrants. Through your support, you’ve helped us assist local immigrant as they adjust to life in the United States. For well over a decade, KIAC has been doing on-the-ground work here in Kitsap County, providing family and legal services to hundreds of families in our region.
In the past months, this work has become more difficult than ever. This is a challenging political climate that seems to only get worse. As we write this letter, families are being separated on the border, and children are being housed behind wire cages. The Attorney General has announced that women facing domestic violence in their home countries can no longer claim asylum in the United States. It’s enough to make your head spin—or worse, grow numb.
KIAC will continue to update you in the months to come. We’ve had some victories, but the challenges keep coming. We want you, as a KIAC supporter, to be informed, and we ask for your help as we continue our work on behalf of our immigrant neighbors.
Here is a recent report from KIAC Legal Services Accredited Rep, Althea Paulson:
I’ve been doing volunteer legal representation and advocacy for KIAC since the [2016 Presidential] election. I had no idea when I started how overwhelming the assaults on immigrants would be. Or how overwhelmed all of us would become by the daily violation of laws, norms, and human decency.
KIAC has been pressed to keep up with the urgent need in the West Sound immigrant community. We’ve helped people get their green cards, become citizens, or obtain a special visa for victims of crime in the US. We have represented detained people at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma, and won their release. We’ve represented people with their asylum claims and helped them get out of detention through a bond.
One of our clients is a young mother who fled her home country of after being raped. She had both an asylum claim and a claim for a specialized visa because she was a victim of another crime after she arrived in the United States. I went with her to her first ICE check-in. The ICE agents treated her as if she was the one who had committed a crime. For a few horrifying moments during the check-in, I had to consider what I would do if they locked her up, and I was left with her children—a sobering and realistic possibility.
Luckily, instead of being taken into detention she was told she had to report for regular check-ins. A month later, after multiple conversations and emails with her ICE officer, we learned that she will be allowed to stay here until her crime-victim petition is decided. She was overjoyed to be able to stay in this country, without being separated from her children.
Althea is just one of many KIAC volunteers. You’ll hear from others in the months to come. KIAC’s volunteers and staff want you to know that, in the face of political uncertainty and turmoil, our work continues. Every day, we meet with clients-- hard-working, loving, and warm people who want what we all want: safety, a better life for their children, and hope.
To do this work, KIAC relies on our community - that's you. Please consider supporting this annual dinner and auction event by becoming an event sponsor, serving as a table captain, attending, donating an auction item and/or volunteering for the event. You can get started today via the various pages of this event website. Thank you for whatever support you can offer, and than you for joining KIAC in doing everything you can to push our federal government to stop its cruel treatment of immigrant families.
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KIAC Family Services: email@example.com, 360-440-2376
KIAC Immigration Legal Services: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-616-0479