Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) is the only organization in the West Puget Sound (Salish Sea) region offering extensive direct services to immigrant community members. KIAC offers both Immigration Legal Services and Family Services. A typical KIAC client may access support to navigate local life and various institutional systems, register for ESL classes, access medical or dental care, get a referral for domestic violence services, work directly with a trained KIAC volunteer DOJ Accredited Legal Representatives on their immigration legal case, and more.

Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center Dinner & Auction Event

On Saturday, September 8th, 2018, Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) will host a 2nd annual benefit dinner and auction at Kitsap Golf & Country Club in Bremerton, WA.

Jorge Barón, Executive Director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWRIP), will be the evening's featured speaker at this fundraiser in support of KIAC's programming to empower, educate, and integrate immigrants through advocacy and social justice. Jorge Barón has been the Executive Director of the NWIRP since 2008, having previously worked as a NWIRP staff attorney, representing immigrants detained and facing deportation at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. NWIRP is a nationally-recognized legal services organization dedicated solely to advancing and defending the rights of low-income immigrants and refugees. During Jorge Barón's time of leadership, NWIRP has grown dramatically, now serving 10,000 immigrants from over 150 countries a year through it’s four offices across the State; it is now the largest nonprofit immigration legal services organization in the country. Jorge Barón's passion to advocate on behalf of immigrants began with his own experience of immigrating to the United States from Bogota, Colombia, at the age of thirteen. He went on to graduate from Duke University, receive his law degree from Yale Law School, serve as a law clerk for Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle, and become an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow at New Haven Legal Assistance Association in Connecticut, all before moving back to the Pacific Northwest and starting his position at NWIRP.

KIAC is the only organization in the West Puget Sound (Salish Sea) region offering extensive direct services to immigrant community members. KIAC offers both Immigration Legal Services and Family Services. A typical KIAC client may access support to navigate local life and various institutional systems, register for ESL classes, access medical or dental care, get a referral for domestic violence services, work directly with a trained KIAC volunteer DOJ Accredited Legal Representatives on their immigration legal case, and more.

All of KIAC's services are rooted in a commitment to the wellbeing of immigrants and to the development of a rich, multicultural community. KIAC is seeking event sponsorships and auction item donations of all kinds for this second annual dinner and auction event. Funds raised will ensure continued KIAC Family and Legal Immigration Services.

Sponsors and auction item donors will demonstrate their solidarity with local immigrants, commitment to the essential services offered by Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, and investment in vibrant, healthy local communities.

Tickets to attend the 2nd annual KIAC fall dinner and auction event will be available for purchase until sold out. Event attendees will enjoy a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, raffle, dinner, and a fabulous "Dessert Dash"! To purchase tickets or to learn more about becoming an event sponsor or auction item donor, advertising in the event program, or volunteering for the event, visit http://kitsapiac.org.

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