• Immigrant & Refugee Support Services

     Diverse hands holding the world

    On behalf of the Kent School Board and our entire staff, we want you to know every student is welcome in the Kent School District (KSD). We understand that, due to recent political developments in our country, our students may be experiencing fear, stress, and unhappiness. Because these emotions can negatively affect a student’s ability to learn in class, it is important for our teachers, school administrators, and district office staff to create safe environments that offer care, compassion, and mutual respect. In the interest of supporting the needs of Kent School District, our new Strategic Plan, The Blueprint, includes three (3) core values: Equity, Excellence, and Community. So, how will KSD continue to align our core values in support of our students and families who may be experiencing undue stress during this time?

    • We will maintain a welcoming environment for all children with celebrations such as KSD Welcomes the World Day held on Monday, March 20.
    • We will uphold our practice that a child’s immigration status has no impact on her/his educational program in KSD.
    • We will maintain a student’s constitutional right to equal access to education, regardless of a student’s or parent’s immigration status.
    • We understand that a student’s rights are protected by the Constitution and a student’s right to access public education cannot be taken away by the president, the state, or federal legislators.
    • KSD will continue to enroll students regardless of immigration status, and without discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin. We will not ask about a child’s immigration status at school. 
  • Click the links below for resources to help immigrant and refugee families in these uncertain times. 

    Immigration Legal Services  General Legal Services   Discrimination Resources   Citizenship Resources   Public Benefits Resources  General Immigration Policy  School Resources   Resettlement Agencies   Community Resources

     
    Immigration Legal Services
     
    American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Referral Service
    AILA is the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys. More than 14,000 immigration lawyers are members of AILA.
    Website: ailalawyer.com
    Email: ils@aila.org

    Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
    Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is a non-hierarchal collective organization founded for and by undocumented immigrants working to build community leadership and power for migrant justice through legal advocacy and education.
    Website: colectivalegal.org
    Phone: 206.931.1514

    Immigration Advocates Network National Legal Services Directory
    The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them.
    Website: immigrationadvocates.org
    Email: directory@immigrationadvocates.org

    List of Organizations Recognized by Board of Immigration Appeals
    The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) adjudicates immigration cases in a careful and timely manner, including cases involving detained aliens, criminal aliens, and aliens seeking asylum as a form of relief from removal, while ensuring the standards of due process and fair treatment for all parties involved.
    Website: justice.gov
    Phone: 703.305.0289

    National Immigration Law Center
    Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
    Website: https://www.nilc.org/about-us/what_we_do/
    Phone: 240.314.15001 or 1.800.898.7180

    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)
    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
    Website: nwirp.org
    Phone: 206.587.4009
                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    General Legal Services
     
    Columbia Legal Services
    Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. They seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities they serve.
    Website: columbialegal.org
    Phone: 800.542.0794
     
    Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC)
    Legal Counsel for Youth and Children provides specialized, holistic legal advocacy for children in child welfare proceedings and other juvenile court matters.
    Website: lcycwa.com
    Phone: 206.494.0323
     
    Northwest Justice Project CLEAR Hotline
    NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.
    Website: nwjustice.org
    Phone (In King County): 211
    Phone (Outside of King County): 888.201.1014
     
    Washington LawHelp
    Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington. This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court.
    Website: washingtonlawhelp.org

    Discrimination in Employment, Housing and Other

    City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights
    The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) advances civil rights and removes barriers to equity.
    Website: seattle.gov
    Phone: 206.684.4500
     
    King County Office of Civil Rights
    The King County Office of Civil Rights aims to eliminate unlawful discrimination through education, mediation, and enforcement that is responsive to a diverse King County.
    Website: kingcounty.gov
    Phone: 206.684.4500
     
    WA State Human Rights Commission
    The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to prevent and eliminate discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community.
    Website: hum.wa.gov
    Phone: 800.233.3247 
     
    Resources on Obtaining U.S. Citizenship
     
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    The USCIS assists families with applying for citizenship, prepare for the test and provided educational materials.
    Website: https://www.uscis.gov/
    Phone: 1.800.375.5283
     
    Washington New Americans program (run by OneAmerica)
    The Washington New Americans Program (WNA) connects immigrants and refugees in Washington State to the information and legal services needed to successfully naturalize and exercise their civic voice. In the interest of changing a flawed system, we also advocate to reduce the structural barriers that keep many from achieving U.S. citizenship.
    Website: wanewamericans.org
    Phone: 877.926.3924
     
    Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Naturalization Program
    The Naturalization program provides citizenship services to legal immigrants who receive public assistance through cash, medical, or food assistance programs administered by DSHS.
    Website: dshs.wa.gov
    Phone: 206.568.5609
     
    World Relief Seattle
    World Relief Seattle assists refugees and immigrants in applying to become citizens. We also offer assistance with other immigration forms, such as: Adjustment of Status, Replacement of Green Card, Employment Authorization, Refugee travel passport, Children Citizenship, Petition to remove conditional residency.
    Website: http://worldreliefseattle.org/citizenship
    Phone: 253.277.1121
     

    Resources on Public Benefits for Immigrants

    Centro Rendu (St. Vincent de Paul)
    Centro Rendu is a new program started by St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County to communicate with and provide services to the Hispanic Community in King County.
    Website: http://svdpseattle.org/centro-rendu/english/
    Phone: 253.499.4245
     
    King County Health and Human Services
    2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs.
    Websitehttp://win211.org/
    Phone: 211
     
    National Immigration Law Center – Economic Support
    The resources on this page provide information about eligibility and other rules governing immigrants’ access to federal and state economic support programs.
    Website: nilc.org
    Phone: 213.639.3900
     
    Northwest Health Law Advocates
    Northwest Health Law Advocates is the consumer voice in the health care debate. We aim to improve access to health care for all Washington residents in furtherance of health as a human right.
    Website: nohla.org
    Phone: 206.325.6464
     
    Open Doors
    The mission of our organization, Open Doors for Multicultural Families, is to ensure that diverse families who have family members with developmental disabilities and special health care needs have equal access to culturally and linguistically appropriate information, resources, and services.  We promote culturally competent services through community collaboration, training and partnerships.
    Website: http://multiculturalfamilies.org/wordpress/
    Phone:  253.216.4479
     
    Resources on General Immigration Policy / Advocacy
     
    American Immigration Council
    The American Immigration Council is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants.
    Website: americanimmigrationcouncil.org
    Phone: 202.507.7500
     
    Detention Watch Network
    Detention Watch Network is a national membership organization that brings together advocates from diverse backgrounds to unify strategy, build partnerships and strengthen the movement to end immigration detention.
    Website: detentionwatchnetwork.org
     
    National Immigration Forum
    The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.
    Website: immigrationforum.org
    Phone: 202.347.0040
     
    National Immigration Law Center
    The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
    Website: nilc.org
    Phone: 213.639.3900
     
    OneAmerica
    OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies.
    Website: http://weareoneamerica.org/know-your-rights
    Phone: 206.723.2203


  • School Resources 

     

    Refugee Services

    Kent School District staffs two Refugee Support Liaisons to assist the Refugee students and families in successful school integration and ensuring refugee students are successful in reaching high academic performance.  This program focus is on supporting the recent arrivals and assisting in strengthening the skills, knowledge and competence of refugee parents, schools, and community-based organizations for the benefit of the refugee students.

     
    Free/Reduced Lunch Application

    To apply for free and reduced price meals:
    Free and reduced-price meals are available to students who qualify based on USDA household income guidelines. Subsidized meals must be applied for each school year; students who were on the program in the previous school year have 30 days to re-apply for benefits to avoid any gap in their benefits.
     

    Grades

    Do you want access to your student's grades?
    https://www.kent.k12.wa.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=179
     

    Kent School District Transportation

    For information regarding school buses:
    Our goal is to safely transport your child to and from his or her school in a timely manner. This site is your tool to locate information you may need throughout the school year. Our office is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and we are here to serve you. Please call 253-373-7442.
    https://www.kent.k12.wa.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=390
     

    Lunch Menu

    What is for lunch? Menus for all schools are available here.
    https://www.kent.k12.wa.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=139
     

    School Calendar

    Kent School District Student Calendar 2016-17
    Includes no school days, holidays and conference dates.
    https://www.kent.k12.wa.us/studentcalendar
     
     

  • Resettlement Agencies

    World Relief (WR)

    World Relief Seattle has come alongside refugee families since 1979, providing support and basic orientation through their first months of transition.
    Volunteers and staff welcome these vulnerable families from the moment they arrive at SeaTac airport. They help the newcomers move into apartments furnished with donated supplies and teach them everyday skills, like how to use the stove and pay phone bills.
    Caseworkers assigned to each family guide them through mounds of paperwork and connect them to essential social services, helping refugees start on the path to self-sufficiency.
    http://worldreliefseattle.org/refugee-resettlement
     

    International Rescue Committee (IRC)

    The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
    http://www.rescue.org/page/ircs-impact-glance
     

    Lutheran Community Services (LCSNW)

    Lutheran Community Services Northwest is a non-profit human services agency serving communities throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our caring staff provides a wide variety of services to adults, adolescents, children, families, schools, businesses, congregations, neighborhoods and communities. We are privileged to touch the lives of people of all ages, cultures and faiths.
    http://www.lcsnw.org/index.html
     

    Jewish Family Services (JFS)

    JFS helps vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region achieve well-being, health and stability. Jewish history and values guide our work; therefore, we provide effective services to people of all backgrounds and have a responsibility to meet the particular needs of Jewish individuals and families in the region.
    http://www.jfsseattle.org/
     

    Refugee Resettlement Office (RRO)

    The Diocese of Olympia's Refugee Resettlement Office helps refugees and Asylees achieve economic self-sufficiency. Our mission is accomplished through resettlement, job placement activities, and business development programs that promote self-employment.
    http://www.dioceserroseattle.org/
  • Community Resources 

     

    ESL Class Schedule

    Instructor: Rodrigo Barron
    ESL Class Schedule (English) ESL Class Schedule (Spanish)
    All classes are taught using a bilingual method, using Spanish to learn English. All classes are free. All those who have children in the Kent School District are welcome.
     

    Kent Food Bank & Emergency Services

    Welcome to the Kent Food Bank & Emergency Services
    We provide assistance to families and individuals living within the boundaries of the Kent School District with food and clothing. Learn how to get help, how you can help, and ways to donate today!
    http://kentfoodbank.org/
     

    King County Library ESL & Citizenship Classes

    English as a Second Language (ESL) Class
    Learn English grammar, reading, writing, and conversation skills with an experienced instructor. Classes are free.
    Citizenship Class
    Learn how to become a United States Citizen. Study for the naturalization test, including civics and government questions, reading and writing English, and practicing your interview skills. Classes are free, join anytime!
    https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=esl%20classes/event/57c9845ebe1e0a2960b9d9c4