Success For Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity

Supporting our Immigrant & Refugee Students

Hands Together

Every day, PSESD stands with our immigrant and refugee families.

The Puget Sound Educational Service District has a board approved End or vision of Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity. In the wake of executive orders issued restricting immigration in 2017, and subsequent policies and actions, we recognize many students and families have been impacted. We also recognize that many more students may be fearful for the safety of their families and may come to their teachers and administrators seeking support or answers to questions. Below you will find resources to help you support students and families. While we recognize that some staff members may also be impacted and have questions, we encourage district employees to first contact their central office staff for support.

Additionally, in September 2017, the PSESD Board of Directors passed a Resolution in Support of Immigration and Refugee Students and Families.  In 2018, the PSESD shared with Congress its position paper on Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students and Families, including opposition to the Public Charge Proposal.

Statements in Support of Immigrant and Refugee Families

Public Charge Information

Statements Against Proposed Public Charge Rule Change

Immigration Legal Services

​​​​​​​General Legal Services Resources

Reporting Harassment/Bullying/Discrimination

  • ACLU collecting information about instances at schools: https://aclu-wa.org/about-getting-help
  • Hate crimes/Harassment/Discrimination against Muslim community members: http://cairseattle.org/get-help
  • Seattle Times Immigrant Rights Hotline
    • A new hotline for reporting enforcement activity, allows “rapid response” teams to check out rumors as they are happening. This hotline will also track improper behavior by immigration officials.
      • 1-844-RAID-REP or 1-844-724-3737
    • Seattle Times article

Discrimination in employment, housing, others

Resources on Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

Resources on Public Benefits for Immigrants

Resources on Educational Opportunities for Undocumented Students

Resources on General Immigration Policy / Advocacy

Resources on Workers’ Rights

Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Other Crimes

Resources for ICE Policies on Sensitive Locations

California Equity Leadership Alliance

  • A toolkit of resources for educators to support immigrant students and families: https://west.edtrust.org/undocumented-students-toolkit/This toolkit was created in consultation with various groups and organizations and it is not meant to be comprehensive. Within the toolkit one can find classroom tools and strategies, fact sheets, guides and legal resources, sample resolutions, and social/emotional support resources. This toolkit is intended to help educators, school support staff, administrators, school board members, and other education stakeholders better understand, talk about, and support California’s immigrant students and families.