Educating and advocating for all students
Our schools need concrete policies and procedures in place to be prepared in the event of an immigration law enforcement action. Use K-12 this sample resolution or this Higher Ed resolution to get your school board to designate your school as a Safe Zone. Then add your school district to the list of Safe Zones across the country. Here's an FAQ about safe zones.Add your school
- Use this NEA fact sheet for a list of things you can do as an educator to advocate for your students.
- Check out NEA's DACA Resources for Educators Supporting Dreamers page that provides resources for educators, students and families.
- Everyone living in the US has legal rights, regardless of immigrant status. Check out this "Know Your Rights" sheet from NEA. Also available here in Arabic: باللغة العربية
- Cualquier persona que viva en los Estados Unidos tiene derechos legales, con independencia de su situación de inmigración. Consulte esta ficha "Conozca sus derechos" de la Asociación Nacional de Educación de los Estados Unidos.
- Email NEA to get a Supporting Immigrant Youth and Families presentation template so you can hold a "Educators United for Immigrant Rights" training in your community.
- Read 5 questions educators are asking about ICE raids.
Other immigration guidance
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson prepared this guide to answer questions that local organizations, including schools, may have about changes to immigration and enforcement by the federal government.
Governor Inslee's webpage with resources for for immigrataion and refugees.
Character reference letters are part of the packet immigrants compile for naturalization process. Students or their families who are in the process of becoming US citizens should seek advice of an immigration attorney. WEA doesn't endorse specific companies, but there are many that can be found online to help inform what should be in a character reference letter. Search "immigration character reference letters."