About Defensa de la Dignidad
Defensa de la Dignidad is a local giving circle raising funds to make legal representation possible for our neighbors in Western Washington County facing unjust deportation.
Giving circles empower small donors to make big impacts through pooled resources and collaborative grant making. Each member has a vote!
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According to the American Immigration Council, Nationally only 37% of people facing deportation are able to secure an attorney. The court does not appoint attorneys for immigration violations while the government is always represented. This grossly inequitable situation leaves our immigrant neighbors at a distinct disadvantage in their bids to remain in the U.S. and keep their families together. However, when immigrants are fairly represented they are 5 times more likely to achieve positive outcomes.
CommonChange.com is our non-profit sponsor. That means that all contributions are tax deductible and since Common Change does not charge a fee for its administrative services 100% of the money raised by Defensa de la Dignidad is used to fund immigrant legal services in our community.
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How It Works
Defensa de la Dignidad is a giving circle established to help western Washington County residents afford the cost of legal representation in Immigration Court proceedings.
Giving circles are a grassroots form of philanthropy based on a common community goal and participatory decision making. Circle members pool their money, propose recipients in need of help, discuss and vote on the proposal and if the proposal is accepted, make the gift.
Defensa de la Dignidad’s non-profit sponsor is Common Change. Through their sponsorship all donations to the circle are tax deductible. Common Change is an online platform established to support giving circles in all aspects of the process. All money donated to the circle, with the exception of bank processing charges, are made available to Defensa de la Dignidad for the purpose of helping our neighbors.
Gifts will be paid either directly to an immigration attorney representing a community member or as a reimbursement to the beneficiary upon presentation of a receipt.
Gifts will be made on behalf of non-violent individuals. Before a gift is made a letter from the representing attorney stating that the client has not at any time been charged with a violent crime is required.