We are a network fighting for immigrant justice.

Washington is home to over 943,000 immigrants and our state receives the 8th highest quantity of refugees. Many groups of, by, and for immigrants and refugees have been working throughout the state for decades, but the proliferating threats unleashed on us by the Trump administration require more urgency. In response to that urgency, we’ve coalesced to form the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN).

WAISN 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 organizations whose efforts build power and a united voice in Washington.



Members of our network speaking about the Bond Fund at the WAISN West Side regional gathering.

Our Mission
WAISN’s mission is to protect and advance the power of immigrant and refugee communities through a multiracial, multilingual and multi-faith coalition and organizing strategy that educates and mobilizes statewide to uphold and defend the rights and dignity of all immigrants and refugees, centering the voices of impacted communities.
Our History

In the wake of the November 2016 election, a statewide meeting of immigrant and refugee organizations convened to unite and fight against the un-American and unconstitutional rhetoric and legislation expected from a Trump administration. From that initial meeting, The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network has grown into a diverse coalition of groups specializing in education, policy, direct services, labor, and more.

The working groups within the network focus on developing community response teams and reporting tools. These resources work to galvanize support and mobilize resources in response to ICE activity.

To support our rapid expansion, we’ve hired full-time coordinators to lead this work and collaborate with the many member organizations, volunteers, and summer fellows.

Our Structure

First and foremost, we are a people’s movement. Our organization, leadership, and decision-making model reflect the vision we have as a coalition working together to build community power.

Staff: Coordinators are responsible for managing the day-to-day deliverables of our network.

Steering Committee: Rotating representatives from our member organizations who guide the strategy and larger decisions of our network.

Members: Organizations and individual stakeholders who engage and extend our capacity across Washington state.

Committees: Working groups who carry out specific tasks for the network such as communications, IT, rapid response, etc.

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