Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition Is Looking for Volunteers
Please consider attending accompaniment training so you can support immigrants who are required to go to court. You will learn how to offer emotional support and how to respond if ICE agents try to make an arrest. You will learn how to determine when ICE is making a legal arrest and when they are attempting to trample on immigrants’ rights to arrest them. You will learn about the responsibilities of accompaniment, but you will also learn that the responsibilities are divided among several people so that everyone’s role is clearly defined with simple tasks. If you have empathy (and all of you do) and a cell phone (and all of you do), you can do this, and the people TCIC has accompanied are always so grateful for the help! You don’t even need to speak Spanish to accompany immigrants to court. Also to note is that ICE has not been present at any of the accompaniments TCIC members have helped with to date. This is not to suggest that there’s no risk, but at this time, ICE is active in other parts of the state.
Training details are:
Date: This Friday, November 22
Time: 12 noon
Place: Shalom Library (505 McMurray St, Richland)
Questions: Donna (509-947-4419)