Recent News

In light of the news about the “new” Public Charge Rule, we want to assure residents of NE, East, and SE King County that we will continue to provide free civil legal aid to those who need it. We are concerned about the detrimental effect it will have on families who will stop using public benefits to which they are entitled out of fear of possible immigration consequences. No one should have to make a choice between access to food or medical assistance and their immigration status.What is important to remember is that this rule goes into effect in 60 days, which would make that day 10/13/19.

There are several ways to learn more about what this means to families and service providers.  The Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition (ERIC) did a great job sending out a list of calls, webinars and events that anyone can join to learn more about the new rule and what it means for families and the community overall.  Here is a summary:

  • Public Charge Rule Finalization – Campaign Webinar WEDNESDAY, August 14, 2019 at 12:00pm ET (9:00am PT). For this webinar, we will provide a deeper dive into content of the rule and provide updated talking points, including what to tell immigrant families.
  • MomsRising & PIF Campaign Facebook Live Events TUESDAY, August 13, 2019 at 4:00pm PT in English and at 4:30pm PT in Spanish. Join MomsRising and the PIF Campaign for an informational session on the final rule. Please share widely with you networks. ENGLISH – Click here to share with your networks. SPANISH – Click here to share with your networks.

ELAP will explore with our partners a plan to hold a public information session.  So please stay tuned.

Finalización de la regla de carga pública

Debido a las noticias sobre la “nueva” Regla de Carga Pública, queremos asegurar a los residentes del NE, el Este y el SE de Condado King que continuaremos brindando asistencia jurídica civil gratuita a quienes la necesiten.

Es importante recordar que esta regla entrará en vigencia en 60 días, lo que haría que ese día 13/10/19.

Este no es el momento para reacciones instintivas. Necesitamos datos y un plan sobre cómo apoyar a las familias más afectadas por esta decisión.

Hay varias formas de aprender más sobre lo que esto significa para las familias y los proveedores de servicios. La Coalición Eastside para Refugiados e Inmigrantes (ERIC) hizo un gran trabajo al proporcionar información sobre llamadas, seminarios web y eventos a los quien puede unirse para obtener más información sobre la nueva regla.

Aquí hay un resumen:

  • Finalización de la regla de carga pública: seminario web de la campaña MIÉRCOLES, 14 de agosto a las 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT). Para este seminario web, brindaremos una inmersión más profunda en el contenido de la regla y proporcionaremos puntos de conversación actualizados, incluido qué decirle a las familias inmigrantes.
  • MomsRising & PIF Campaña Facebook eventos en vivo, MARTES, 13 de agosto a las 4:00 pm PT en inglés y a las 4:30 pm PT en español. Únase a MomsRising y a la Campaña PIF para una sesión informativa sobre la regla final. Por favor, comparta ampliamente con sus redes. INGLÉS – Haga clic aquí para compartir con sus redes. ESPAÑOL – Haga clic aquí para compartir con sus redes.

ELAP explorará con otros proveedores de servicios un plan para tener sesiones de información pública.  Por favor estad atentos.

ELAP- ICHS MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP HAS LAUNCHEDStatement issued by International Community Health Services:International Community Health Services and Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) today announced a Medical-Legal Partnership that will give low-income patients free legal services. Patients referred from ICHS’s Bellevue Clinic can meet with ELAP’s attorneys for advice on issues impacting their ability to stay in good health.“ICHS cares for patients holistically. There are many factors that impact whether someone can access and benefit from quality, preventative health care,” said Vanja Knezevic, ICHS Bellevue health center manager. ”Often, low-income and marginalized patients face social issues that can exacerbate health issues. For example, a person who is facing eviction is more likely to be stressed or depressed. Someone who is wrongfully denied public benefits might be prevented from providing healthy nutrition for their family. We’re seeking to lessen these potential health impacts.”

The health care teams at ICHS’s Bellevue Clinic will work closely with ELAP’s legal aid attorneys to identify patients who qualify. Referred patients will meet with an attorney for sessions that will be scheduled at ICHS’s Bellevue Clinic.

“We are excited to move forward with ICHS,” said Gerald Kroon, ELAP executive director. “This innovative partnership will increase access to much needed civil legal aid, addressing legal issues that adversely affect a person’s medical wellbeing.”

The new partnership is being announced as a six-month pilot program, initially only available by referral through ICHS’s Bellevue Clinic, with the possibility of being extended to include ICHS’s three other full service clinics as future funding and interest allow. Services will be available to qualifying King County residents who fall below 200% of the federal poverty level, which was $50,200 for a family of four in 2018.


Statement from ELAP Executive Director, Gerald Kroon:

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) vehemently opposes the policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.‒Mexican border. As a nonprofit committed to justice for all – particularly society’s most vulnerable ‒ we cannot sit back and idly watch as the moral fiber of our country is ripped apart.

The Executive Order signed by the President – as numerous legal experts have pointed out – does nothing to help the families already torn apart by the Administration’s cruel and misguided policies. It also raises serious concerns about the impact of future actions on innocent children and families fleeing unbearable situations.

We are also deeply troubled by the President’s recent assertion that immigrants should be denied due process, which suggests an outrageous disregard for what this country stands for and what our organization champions.

ELAP pro bono attorneys work tirelessly to meet the civil legal needs of low-income residents – including the increasing numbers of immigrants and refugees now living in King County. We will do everything in our power to unite with other decent people working to ensure that humane treatment and legal protection is available to everyone, no matter where they came from or how they got here.

2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Volunteer Attorney of the Year- Jay Stratton Each year ELAP is pleased that over 150 attorneys volunteer at our clinics, workshops and other pro bono events. Over the past two years, Jay Stratton of Stratton Immigration has gone above and beyond as our guest speaker at numerous “Know Your Rights” workshops, helping at immigration clinics and […]