Washington Immigrant Defense Network (WIDEN) Celebrates Launch with Sold-Out Removal Defense Training and $25,000 Grant
SEATTLE - 02-20-2019 (PRDistribution.com) — Washington Immigrant Defense Network (WIDEN) celebrated its launch this month with a sold-out training on removal defense for lawyers and announcement of a $25,000 grant from FWD.us, an organization devoted to applying policy, advocacy and technology towards creating "a stronger America."
At the event, which took place at Seattle University on Tuesday, January 29th, FWD.us President, Todd Schulte, and keynote speaker, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, spoke to the nonprofit’s potential to increase the capacity and quality of legal services available to immigrants in Washington state.
“The deportation protection network that is being setup here can really revolutionize the way in which we are protecting the vulnerableimmigrant populations” said Schulte.He added, “We are really excited to be able to directly help WIDEN get off the ground. We cannot imagine better partners and are thankful for the leadership being shown here” when announcing FWD.us grant to WIDEN: a new organization dedicated to training Washington lawyers in immigration and detention/removal law.
As of today, an estimated 90% of immigrants held in detention centers receive no representation; however, the presence of a lawyer makes deportation 10 times less likely in such cases.
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