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Profiles of local and regional immigrant rights organizations

Strengthening Sanctuary: Strengthening Sanctuary was formed after our City Council declared Olympia a sanctuary city. We support immigrant rights and strive to create a safe, welcoming community for everyone. We declare our solidarity with all community members, regardless of immigration or documentation status. We make decisions by consensus and practice a rotating facilitation structure. Our work groups have focused on: Know Your Rights; Education; Law Enforcement and ICE; Building Social Movements; Faith Group Support and Sanctuary; Family Safety Planning and Fundraising. We meet twice a month on the first and third Mondays, from 6pm to 8pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church with an orientation at 5:30 for new members.

Project CIELO: CIELO provides educational, mental health and counseling services, information/referrals, and social/cultural activities for the Spanish-speaking and immigrant communities of South Puget Sound in Olympia and Shelton. Olympia students can enroll in free English classes, citizenship preparation classes, computer classes, a homework club for teens or a sewing collective. Volunteers are welcome. CIELO in Shelton offers counseling and support services, particularly through our Project Esperanza program for those who have experienced sexual assault. Staff members speak English, Spanish, Mam and Q’anjob’al.

Elevate Mason County: We work to make Mason County a sanctuary for all people who call this community home; to feel safe, welcome and hopeful for the future. We recognize that by elevating those of us who are marginalized and/or at risk we all rise up. We have sponsored immigrant rights marches and educational forums for our community. We meet four times a month; all are welcome:

Sound Learning: Sound Learning is dedicated to providing alternative education opportunities in Mason and Thurston counties to help adults gain self-sufficiency, improve literacy, and develop essential skills needed to succeed in today’s world. We offer evening English language classes at CHOICE High School in Shelton from Monday to Thursday, and programs for those needing a high school diploma.

Pacific County ACLU People Power and Pacific County Immigrant Support: We provide support for immigrants and families facing the threat of detention and deportation. We sponsor Know Your Rights workshops, visit detainees at the Northwest Detention Center, support their families, and work to educate our community about immigrant rights and needs. Email:  Web:

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: NWIRP promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.

Northwest Detention Center Resistance: NWDC Resistance is a grassroots undocumented–led movement that works to end the detention of immigrants and stop all deportations. Under the umbrella of the national #Not 1More campaign, NWDC Resistance supports and follows the leadership of those detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, demanding better treatment and conditions and the stop to all deportations.

Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest: AID NW serves detained immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC). When immigrants do not have anyone able to visit them, we end that isolation. When detained immigrants are identified as eligible for release from detention, we work to obtain their release. When immigrants are released from the NWDC, our Welcome Center and Housing Network provide a safe, supportive environment until reunification can happen.


Reforzando Santuario: Reforzando Sanctuario se formó después de que el…