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Expanded Immigration Representation for King County Defendants Detained by ICE  
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) created  a new project in  2015 to represent people detained at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma and who have either ever:  1)  been through the King County criminal justice system; or,  2) who have ever lived in King County; and,  3) who cannot afford an immigration attorney. The NWIRP project for ICE detainees with a King County connection is called the Defender Referral and Representation Unit (DRRU).  If someone detained by immigration in the NWDC in Tacoma meets the King County eligibility requirement, and does not have an attorney, DRRU will meet with him or her and may be able to provide direct representation in matters before the immigration court, the asylum office, or with other types of immigration filings.  Tacoma ICE detainees whether or not eligible for DRRU should go to the Legal Orientation Program NWIRP puts on for all detainees, after which they can speak individually with an immigration lawyer. 

The WDAIP Team

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Ann Benson: Directing Attorney           
Contact Ann for Case Assistance here
Telephone: (360) 385-2538
Enoka Herat: Resource Attorney
Contact Enoka for Case Assistance here
Telephone: (206) 623-4321 x 105
Jonathan Moore: Resource Specialist 
Contact Jonathan for Case Assistance here
Telephone: (206) 623-4321 x 104
 110 Prefontaine Pl. S, Suite 610
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 623-4321
Fax: (206) 623-5420

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