Deportation Defense: Seeds of Resistance

We use community organizing and legal services to defend against deportation and to transform the immigration system.

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo

Migrant Communities

Our story

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is seeking funding for our legal services and organizing work with immigrants and their families who are facing deportation. Our community’s biggest problem is deportation and criminalization based on immigration status. Our work focuses on building deportation defense strategies within the community, by organizing, educating and empowering the undocumented communities. We want to make sure our community knows what to do when a loved one is picked up by ICE or if a loved one is facing deportation.

Why is this important?

The root cause of deportations is our broken immigration system. Our government has failed millions of undocumented immigrants by not granting us a humane immigration reform with a quick path to citizenship. Our current government puts people in detention centers, taxes them, and allows private detention centers to profit from their suffering and from family separation. Our undocumented community is being attacked and dehumanized because of their status. Corporations are allowed to cross borders but people are not allowed to cross borders.
As undocumented immigrants we have been told to be silent about our status, to fear the police and ICE, to let our allies do the work for us and to speak for us because it is too risky to fight for our community ourselves. We want to make sure our community feels empowered and to make sure they lose the fear of breaking the silence. Our work will help end the fear created by ICE within the undocumented community, by empowering our community with knowledge about their rights, and the strength of their collective power.

How will the funds be used?

Funds will cover legal services for immigrants who are fighting their deportation while organizing to challenge detention, deportation and exploitative working/living conditions of detained migrants.

Why it matters?

The root cause of deportations is our broken immigration system. Our government has failed millions of undocumented immigrants by not granting us a humane immigration reform with a quick path to citizenship. Our current government puts people in detention centers, taxes them, and allows private detention centers to profit from their suffering and from family separation. Our undocumented community is being attacked and dehumanized because of their status. Corporations are allowed to cross borders but people are not allowed to cross borders.
As undocumented immigrants we have been told to be silent about our status, to fear the police and ICE, to let our allies do the work for us and to speak for us because it is too risky to fight for our community ourselves. We want to make sure our community feels empowered and to make sure they lose the fear of breaking the silence. Our work will help end the fear created by ICE within the undocumented community, by empowering our community with knowledge about their rights, and the strength of their collective power.

How will the funds be used?

Funds will cover legal services for immigrants who are fighting their deportation while organizing to challenge detention, deportation and exploitative working/living conditions of detained migrants.



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Updates

12/07/2016

Thank you for your support! Colectiva Legal del Pueblo has supported more than 1,000 Washington community members with crucial legal support and Know Your Rights presentations. We have seven more clinics and workshops scheduled before December 16th! Your support is crucial! Please contribute today!



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myriam jane edera

This gift is given on behalf of the Edera family.

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andrew c gill

CARW informed me about your work. Thank you for it!

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Alexander Bacon

thank you for the opportunity to support your work!

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Christina Ellis

We have to protect EVERYONE who lives here.

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laura b roth

A donation for all your good work in honor of Mara Dauber and her good work!!

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Leah Montange

solidarity!

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Joanna M Donea

Thank you for your vital work.

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Sean M. Phelan

I stand with you in defending immigrants' rights!

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The team

Sandy Restrepo

Sandy Restrepo is an immigration attorney and co-founder of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo. She represents individuals in various stages of the immigration process including family-based petitions, deportation defense, naturalization and non-immigrant visas. Sandy is committed to working with immigrant populations individually and collectively, in a capacity that empowers and informs them of their rights.

Before becoming an attorney, Sandy focused on grassroots campaigns and organizing with migrant communities for education, immigration and worker’s rights.

Sandy grew up in Santa Ana, California and is the proud daughter of immigrant parents. She obtained a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a minor in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Sandy graduated from Seattle University School of Law. She is the first in her family to graduate college and obtain a professional degree.

Norma Gonzales

Resource Development & Legal Advocate

Norma Gonzalez joined Colectiva Legal in August 2015 while still in law school. Norma provides assistance to attorneys in various stages of immigration relief for clients. Also, Norma works to engage and educate families and individuals in the community on their rights despite their immigration status.

Prior to attending Law School, Norma was employed as an Advocate in Salem, Oregon where she worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. Norma also volunteered with Legal Aid Services of Oregon to assist survivors of abuse in applying for U-Visas.

Alma Gutierrez

Alma Gutierrez became a co-founder of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (CLP) after bearing witness to the power of community organizing. Alma worked together with the hunger strikers at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in 2014 providing support to legal cases. Her position is the Director of Operations and Legal Advocacy within the collective, spearheading administrative duties, and providing assistance to clients and CLP attorneys in various stages of immigration relief. Alma also works to engage and educate families and individuals in the community on their rights despite their immigration status.

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Alma migrated to the United States from Mexico in 1998, with her three small children, seeking a better life for herself and her family. Before becoming involved in the migrant justice movement and the co-founder of Colectiva, Alma supported her family while working two, sometimes, three jobs as a waitress and hotel worker.

Alma was propelled into a leadership role with an immigrant rights organization in Seattle, Washington, after her partner of six years was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the NWDC. Following her passion to assist other families in the same horrible situation, Alma has dedicated herself to the movement, providing support to numerous individuals and families subjected to the immigration detention system.

Victoria Mena

Policy Director & Development Strategist

Victoria Mena joined Colectiva in September 2016 to focus on policy, advocacy and development. Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Evans School at the University of Washington, and will coordinate community partnerships, participate in policy discussions and expand Colectiva’s overall capacity.

Victoria brings nearly 10 years of valuable experience as a community organizer and social justice advocate in Florida, California and Washington, with a background in grassroots mobilization, deportation defense, immigration detention and privatization research.

For fun Victoria enjoys cooking, creating art, and is learning how to play guitar.



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