We are a network fighting for immigrant justice!
Washington is home to over 943,000 immigrants and receives the 8th most refugees among states. Many groups of, by and for immigrants and refugees have been working around the state for decades. But in the face of the proliferating threats unleashed on us by the Trump administration, we have decided to coalesce to form the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network.
The Network is a coalition of immigrant and refugee rights organizations and individuals in Washington that strive to protect, serve and strengthen communities across the state. The role of the Network is to provide support, capacity and resources to organization’s efforts to build power and a united voice in Washington.
Members of our network speaking about the Bond Fund at the WAISN West Side regional gathering.
In November 2016, in the wake of the election, a state meeting of immigrant and refugee organizations convened to unite and fight against the unAmerican and unconstitutional rhetoric and legislation that resulted. The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network has evolved into a diverse coalition of groups with backgrounds and specialization in education, policy, direct services, labor, and more.
The working groups in the Network are focused on developing community response teams and reporting tools to galvanize support and mobilize resources in response to ICE activity.
Over time, we have been able to expand our capacity as a network by hiring full time coordinating staff that are leading this work with the support of the many member organizations, volunteers and most recently, summer fellows.
First and for most, we are a peoples movement. Our organization, leadership and decision making model reflects the vision we had as a coalition working together to build community power.
Staff: Coordinators are responsible for carrying out the day to day deliberables of our network.
Steering Committee: Rotating member organization that guide the decision making of our network.
Members: Organizations and individual stakeholders that engage and extend our capacity across the state of Washington.
Committees: Working groups that carry out specific tasks of the network such as communications, IT, etc.