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Prepare for Presidential primary March 10

Washington State starts voting for president in the Presidential Primary Election on March 10.  

What is a primary election?  During this election, Washington residents choose their favorite Democratic or Republican candidate for president to help the political parties choose their nominee later this year. We will vote again on November 3rd in the general election to choose the president.  What is different this year?  This year the whole primary process has changed for Washington State….

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Two men with arms around their shoulders, for Census 2020: for our present and our future

ReWA partners with Census 2020 so refugee communities get counted!

In the last Census, the under-count cost King County hundreds of millions in federal funding. This year, ReWA is partnering with Census 2020 to make sure historically under-counted refugee and immigrant communities get their fair share of resources for education, housing, transportation, and more. On March 12, the Census 2020 form will be available online in Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean,…

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ReWA client consults with their case manager

Who’s afraid of the Public Charge rule? ReWA helps clients get the facts and overcome fear.

In late January, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced that the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) public charge rule  would go into effect while legal challenges are heard in lower courts.   Most of ReWA clients are refugees and asylees and therefore exempt from the public charge rule. However, the steady stream of anti-immigrant policies from the…

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ReWA joined Washington Immigrant Solidarity network in Olympia

Immigrant and refugee advocates urge lawmakers to ban private prisons, keep courthouses safe, and call for a moratorium on face surveillance technology.

On February 5 ReWA gathered with hundreds of activists for Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day in Olympia. With policy flyers in hand, women and men, immigrants, refugees and native-born, met with their legislators and urged them to support several bills in the state Legislature, including: a ban on private prisons in Washington State (SB 6442/HB 2576) the Keep Courthouses Open…

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ReWA lawyer and client who received his Green Card after 4 years of delays

A green card changes everything

After four years of delay, “Abdi” (left) finally received his Green Card. Pictured with his ReWA attorney, Oksana Bilobran. “Congratulations on receiving your Green Card!” “Abdi” had waited four years to hear these words, anxiously checking his mail box and repeatedly meeting with his ReWA immigration attorney, Oksana. Abdi and his family arrived from Somalia as refugees in 2014 and…

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