Immigrant Accompaniment

Accompaniment is the practice of walking with one another side-by-side through challenges, moments of uncertainty, and fear. In this way we seek to provide moments of relief that there is a community here to alleviate the burden of navigating fearsome and unknown systems alone by acting as a support system and serving as a community. 

Our Accompaniment network connects community members with resources, community support, and knowledge of the US Immigration and criminal justice systems, and equips volunteers with skills training and basic knowledge of immigration and criminal law. 

Together, we aim to bear witness to the injustice and the dehumanization of migrant people by the U.S. immigration and criminal justice systems firsthand, hold these systems accountable, and fight for the dignity, respect, and safety of all migrant people.

Accompaniment centers the voices of community, is built on the foundation of community relationships, and is steered by community need. We strive to be deeply present through listening, learning, walking together, and reflection.

Our participation in the wider immigrant rights movement is grounded in the values of mutual accompaniment, convivencia (coexistence), and solidarity in action.

The Church Council encourages and walks alongside congregations and members of faith communities in the process of offering accompaniment, refuge, and welcome for all.

Read our article, “What is Accompaniment?” for more.


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Below are resources from local and national organizations.

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) is a Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee rights organizations and individuals that strive to protect, serve, strengthen and support the capacity and resources to build power and a united voice in Washington. The Church Council of Greater Seattle is an active member of WAISN.

  • Hotline to report active raids & ICE activity: 1-844-RAID-REP (1-844-724-3737)
  • Subscribe to the text alert system by texting JOIN to: (253) 201-2833. Language options in: English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.
Legal Services
Northwest Immigration Rights Project (NWIRP)

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo  

  • Legal Representation at little or no cost to those in immigration and deportation proceedings in Western & Eastern Washington. Call (206) 931-1514 for more information on other programs or to make an appointment.
  • Trainings and workshops to demystify the immigration system and to learn know-your-rights material. Colectiva also does family preparedness for those who may be at risk of deportation.

City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs (OIRA) 

  • Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network: Free legal defense assistance for immigrants in detention, facing deportation or in danger of losing immigration status that live or work in Seattle or live in King County AND have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Know Your Rights (KYR) and Family Preparedness

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has powerpoints and handouts in many languages on how to interact with law enforcement.

ACLU Know Your Rights videos: Several short videos on what to do if questioned about immigration status by law enforcement, if ICE comes to your home, DACA status, what to do at airports, anti-Muslim discrimination, and more. You can also order KYR cards in various languages.

NWIRP: What to do in Case of a Raid in English and Spanish.

Colectiva Legal- How to Support a Detainee

Family Preparedness: Immigrant Safety Plan for Youth & Children by Legal Counsel for Youth & Children (LCYC) in English, Spanish and Somali.

Community Resources

Sin Fronteras Resource Guide: Church Council and Puentes partnered together to compile this list of services and resources of immigrants in King and Pierce counties in 2015. It is available in English and Spanish.

National Legal and Advocacy Resources
National Immigration Law Center (NILC) 

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has policy and resource guides for a variety of topics and issues.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)   

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has resources on understanding recent Executive Orders, Legislation in Congress, Enforcement and Due Process, and Humanitarian Protections.

Informed ImmigrantResources include a family preparedness video and a list of immigrant rights organizations across the U.S.

Accompaniment Hotline

Our Accompaniment Hotline is currently on pause. Please stay tuned for more information.

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