Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – Washington Immigration Solidarity Network Hotline Volunteers, Spanish-speaking, open until filled

Position: Volunteer
Open to: All law students
Time commitment: 3 hours/week. Volunteers must attend a 2-hour orientation webinar April 27 or view a recording.
Location: Remote
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: Spanish-speaking
Application Process: Sign up online here
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Gerhard Letzing at gletzing@844raidrep.org 

In collaboration with the Washington Immigration Solidarity Network, NWIRP are working to build a volunteer-run phone hotline that community members can access to report situations in which immigration agents have detained or are detaining individuals in Washington State. We are currently looking for individuals who might be interested in being part of the pool of volunteers willing to take a weekly shift to respond to calls to the hotline. Volunteers can answer the hotline from home or wherever you have cell phone service. A full description of the duties associated with the hotline can be found at this link:

http://bit.ly/2o6NTSM

We are looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers willing to be trained and to commit to a weekly 3-hour shift of your choice. Volunteers do not have to be attorneys or have prior knowledge of immigration law and can be located anywhere in the state.

If you or someone you know might be interested, we are asking potential volunteers to sign up at this link:

http://bit.ly/2op1dTi

After signing up, you will have the opportunity to attend a webinar scheduled for April 27 at noon (or to view the recording after). At this time, we are anticipating the hotline to go live during the week of May 8.

The links above should answer any questions you may have. If you have any further inquiries, please contact Gerhard Letzing at gletzing@844raidrep.org who is helping coordinate the volunteer recruitment process.

About the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network
The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is a coalition of immigrant and refugee rights organizations, ally groups and individuals in Washington who are demanding justice, value and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in the Evergreen State and beyond.

About the Reporting Hotline
The new Washington reporting hotline is a safe, confidential service offered to people in Washington to document, corroborate, and respond to immigration enforcement activities. The Reporting Hotline was created and is managed by the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, and run by a team of multilingual volunteers trained to triage and assist in responding to reported incidents.

About the Hotline Volunteer Role:
Hotline Advocates play a crucial role in responding to enforcement activities. Operating from 6am to 9pm PST daily, Hotline Volunteers answer calls on a self-selected shift, from any confidential, quiet location with Internet connection.

Commitment
A Hotline Volunteer commits to the following:

  • Review and agree to the Confidentiality Agreement & Volunteer Commitment;
  • Communicate with Spanish proficiency;
  • Participate in a 2 hour training orientation for the reporting hotline;
  • Dedicate 3 hours every week to be available to answer and document calls, maintaining reliable access to the internet during the shift;
  • Commit to answering hotline calls for a minimum of 6 months;
  • Communicate with hotline callers to accurately document emotional and potentially confusing situations, and escalate incidents, following established procedures;
  • Be flexible with evolving procedures, and maintain open communication with Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network staff and volunteers;
  • Share in the desire to protect Washington communities from injustice;
  • Where possible, participate in lessons learned meetings with the volunteer group;

How to Apply
To apply, please register your interest at 844RaidRep.org/844RaidRep/register.html and plan on attending the next orientation webinar. April 27th at 10am.

Sign up for the WA Immigrant Solidarity Listserv at: bit.ly/WAISNlistserv

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