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Get Involved

How you can support immigrant communities in the Yakima Valley through the Yakima Immigrant Response Network:

  1. Educate yourself about the current realities of immigration law and enforcement in this country.
  2. Seek out opportunities to learn more about the diverse communities of people living in the Yakima Valley.
  3. Attend a Know Your Rights Training or ask us to present to your community group.
  4. Attend a Raid Response Training.
  5. Invite YIRN to give a presentation to your business or community group on ICE Actions n the Workplace.
  6. Accompany local immigrants as they attend ICE Check-ins or City/Count Judicial Proceedings. Accompaniment Training is provided.
  7. Through your faith community or community group, discuss how you can support immigrants in tangible ways
  8. Explore the possibility of becoming a sanctuary for people at risk of deportation.

Past Events

Accompaniment Training

November 14, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima
225 N 2nd St, Yakima, Washington 98901
Download the flyer  –   English | Español

Thank you to our fabulous partner, the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund, for their support in putting on the Accompaniment Training on November 14th.

And a tremendous shout out of appreciation to our fantastic trainer:

Brenda Rodriguez, Eastern WA Network Coordinator
Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)

News coverage of the event:

Yakima Immigrant Response network to host accompaniment training Thursday

Yakima’s Role in the Detention and Deportation Pipeline
October 23, 2019

Yakima Valley College
Alex Deccio Bldg. (Bldg 8), Parker Room
more info

News coverage:

ICE would prefer King County to Yakima for flights, especially in winter – Yakima Herald, October 25, 2019

Thank you to our fabulous partner the YVC Diversity Series for their partnership in putting on the “Yakima’s Role in the Detention and Deportation Pipeline” event.

And a tremendous shout out of appreciation to our fantastic presenters:

Phil Neff, Project Coordinator
University of Washington Center for Human Rights

Brenda Rodriguez, Eastern WA Network Coordinator
Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)

Alfredo Gonzalez Benitez
Attorney, Columbia Legal Services


Verifier/Observer Training
Central Lutheran Church
Thursday, August 29, 2019

ICE raid verifier training – KNDO,  August 29, 2019



Vigil for Immigrant Justice, Keeping Immigrant Families Together
Yakima County Jail
Wednesday, August 28, 2019




Immigration Forum
St. Joseph Parish, 212 N. 4th St. in Yakima
Tuesday, July 9 from 7 to 10 p.m.

This forum is open to the public to bring awareness of Immigration rights and family services.

Panelists who will be answering questions include: David Morales, Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs; Michele Besso, Yakima Immigrant Response Network whose task force has been reviewing ICE flights into Yakima; Sandra Aguilar, Catholic Charities Housing Services; Kathy Coffey, Mayor of Yakima; Cliff Moore, Yakima City Manager; Matthew Murray, Yakima Police Chief; Laura Contreras, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project NWIRP (Granger); Fr. Felipe Pulido, Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Yakima; and Bishop Joseph Tyson, chair of the USCCB Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees and member of the USCCB Bishops Working Group on Immigration.

Spanish translation will be provided. Organized by the Diocese of Yakima.

Lights for Liberty
July 12, 2019 – 8:00pm
Yakima County Jail

More info on Facebook

At 8pm, please join us in front of the Yakima Detention Center for speakers and at 9pm hold a candle and share a moment of silence. Together we will light up the world (and social media) to demand an end to human detention camps.

Public Charge Discussion
January 22, Unitarian Universalist Church, Yakima
Speaker: Alma Zuniga, Northwest Justice Project
Organized by the Yakima League of Women Voters
Download the Flyer

Know Your Rights and Raid Verification Training

Heritage University – October 18, 2018

12:00 pm – Smith Family Hall

Co-Sponsored by M.E.CH.A, Nuestra  Casa and YIRN.







Learn About US Immigration

History of Immigration to the US– IPJC

How you can Get Involved – Immigration Continuum of Action English | Spanish – IPJC

US Immigration: Trends, Events and Migration Factors– IPJC