The Starter-Ally Toolkit: A Community Resource for Anyone Who Supports Undocumented Students and Families

Visit the official website for the K-12 Coalition to Protect Undocumented Students.

Read the press release announcing the formation of the coalition.

The Starter-Ally Toolkit: A Community Resource for Anyone Who Supports Undocumented King County K-12 Students and Families

This toolkit is intended as a resource for anyone who supports undocumented King County K-12 students and families. These tools were contributed by members of the K-12 Coalition to Protect Undocumented Students and cover a range of topics pertinent to the needs of undocumented students. This resource is a starting collection of materials, trainings, and informational handouts contributed by over 10 community based organizations across King County who are serving immigrants and students. It is a collection of our most powerful tools, built by and in service of undocumented students and families.

While this toolkit primarily serves communities and allies in the King County region, the kit includes national and state-wide resources. It is our greatest hope that this toolkit can be a source of power to all people who are undocumented and those who serve them, however we recognize that some services are highly regional.

A Living Resource:

This document is the first release of what will maintain as a living document. We plan to continually update the resource list with the most current versions and the most critical information, especially as the political / social climate and the needs of our communities shift.

How To Use This Resource:

Each resource below is a link to a document or website. The information included is the type of resource (an informational sheet, a presentation, a training kit, etc), the audience, and available languages. All resources are available in English, and if it is available in an additional language, it is indicated in the description.

If you have any feedback about any of our resources or would like to contribute to the toolkit, please email us at info@21progress.org.

A Note To Those Who Are Undocumented: Our community is resilient and we will continue to fight, because we are here to stay! Our voices and lived experiences are our most powerful resource of them all. With our stories, we will continue to fight for the liberation of all the 11 million undocumented people in our community. We hope that in this toolkit, you find the resources that you need to protect and empower our community and yourself.  This resource also has many tools for allies, to continue to support our undocumented led work.

A Note To Those Who Are Documented: This toolkit is meant to be a starter, meaning a resource collection that is accessible to allies and community members of varying experience levels. Our coalition believes transformational allyship, the type of allyship powerful enough to shift cultural norms, cannot exist solely on resources and tools. Rather, transformational allyship emerges when resources and tools intersect with community and connection.

We believe that the documented community recognizes their responsibility to create change. We hope this toolkit offers the knowledge needed to empower you and your work. But, most importantly, we encourage you to connect with your local community immigrant rights leaders or immigrant rights serving organization with the understanding that true undocumented allyship and solidarity work comes when undocumented folks lead and show us the way.

Disclaimer:

The following information is presented in good faith and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is subject to change without notice.

This guide is not meant to be a substitute for legal advice. We strongly encourage you to seek legal counsel from an immigration attorney in the event of any questions.

Audience Key:
A = Anyone
D = DACA Eligible Youth
E = Educators & Administrators
U = Undocu Students & Families


About the K-12 Coalition To Protect Undocumented Students  

Our Mission

The coalition serves to ensure the physical safety and emotional well-being of King County K-12 children and youth who are undocumented. We work in collaboration to ensure our schools are a safe and inviting space for all students and their families because we know this is paramount to students being able to achieve. We will do this by sharing crucial information and resources in the form of trainings and and a toolkit with schools, districts, teachers, and school administrators when applicable.

Learn more by visiting www.UndocuStudentCoalitionWA.org

Our Work – Core Priorities

All students, regardless of immigration status, have a constitutional right to attend public K-12 education (Plyler vs. Doe, 457 U.S. 202, 1982). When students are faced with hostile school environments it greatly affects their academic success as well as their physical and mental health. Students who face victimization and discrimination at school have worse performance outcomes.

Thus, we urge Washington State school districts to support their school staff, undocumented students, and families through the following 3 recommended actions:

1. Release a Public Statement:
   – Vowing to create safe spaces for undocumented students and their families.
2. Reaffirm commitments to students’ education and human rights:
   – Restriction of ICE agents’ access to your schools and districts
– Protection of student information and their families under FERPA
– Transparency of hate crime and/or hate language reporting process and incidents
3. Provide Resources and Trainings:
   – Train teachers, staff, and administrators on supporting undocumented students and families
– Provide spaces where students and families can learn about their rights

This Statement of Protection is an effort by the members of this coalition to explain our stance regarding the rights of all students regardless of documentation status and to urge Washington State educators to join us in our declaration of support. Signing the statement demonstrates to those who would threaten our students and communities that undocumented students are protected and their rights will be exercised.

This toolkit is an extension of the Statement of Protection. These are concrete resources available for anyone to use to put words into action. We encourage anyone who has signed the statement to take advantage of the resources herein.


Sign the Statement of Protection here


Coalition Partners

21 Progress
Asian Counseling and Referral Services
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
LEAP
OneAmerica
Storytellers For Change
Washington Dream Coalition

Special Thanks To The Following Toolkit Contributors & Editors:

Angela Ballasiotes
Michel Baños Garcia
Reginald B. Cole
Larissa Cunningham
Gabriella Ibanez-Dacruz
Maha Jahshan
Wendy S. Martinez Hurtado
Victoria Mena
Maribel Montes de Oca
Monica Ng
Alejandra Pérez
Keith Stier-Van Essen
Marissa Vichayapai


The Starter-Ally Toolkit: A Community Resource for Anyone Who Supports Undocumented King County K-12 Students and Families

Last updated: January 20th, 2017


Toolkit Contents:

General
     Resource Directory
Safety
     Creating Safe Schools
     Know Your Rights: Defense Against Deportation
     Family Safe Action Planning
     Directory & Legal Resources
Resources for Serving Undocumented Students & Families
     Federal & State Policies
     For Educators
     Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
     Higher Education & Financial Success
     Asian and Pacific Islander Support
     Undocu Student Empowerment
     Other


General


Directories 

K-12 Coalition To Protect Undocumented Students Partner Directory
Directory | English | A

Community Resource Directory – City of Seattle
COMING FEBRUARY 2017


Safety


Creating Safe Schools

National Institutions Coming Out Day Toolkit – United We Dream
Training | English | E

Documenting and Reporting: Hate Speech, Hate Crimes and Bullying – OneAmerica
Presentation | English & Spanish | E, U

Here To Stay: How to Become a Sanctuary City/County/State – United We Dream
Training | English | E

Resources on Positive School Discipline – American Educator
Training | English | E

Systems for Consequences – College Access Now
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Creating Safe Spaces – LEAP
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Creating Safe Spaces – College Access Now
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Self-Advocacy – College Access Now
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Students: Who To Talk To – College Access Now
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Know Your Rights: Defense Against Deportation

Know & Exercise Your Rights Toolkit – 21 Progress & OneAmerica
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Know Your Rights Presentation Slides – OneAmerica
Workshop | English, Spanish | A, U

Know Your Rights Presentation Slides – 21 Progress
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Know Your Rights Presentation Facilitation Notes – 21 Progress
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Know Your Rights Workshop – 21 Progress and Washington Dream Coalition
Workshop | English | A, U

Know Your Rights – Colectiva Legal
Presentation | English | A, U

Family Safe Action Planning: In the event that an arrest occurs.

Migra Watch Toolkit – United We Dream
Toolkit | Multi | U

     Know Your Rights Presentation: English | Spanish
     Know Your Rights One-Pager: English | Spanish | Chinese | Korean
     Know Your Rights Flyer: English | Spanish
     Know Your Rights Wallet Cards: English | Spanish
     Purpose Statement: English | Spanish

Create a Safety Plan – OneAmerica
Worksheet | English | U

Preparing for a Raid / Preparandonos Para Una Redada – Colectiva Legal
Worksheet | Spanish (English Coming Soon) | U

Derechos De Inmigrantes Bajo La Presidencia De Trump – Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Info Sheet | Spanish | U

Immigrant Rights Under a Trump Presidency – Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Info Sheet | English | U

Rights No Matter Who Is President – National Immigrant Law Center
Info Sheet | English | U

Further Resource List – Washington Dream Coalition
Info Sheet | English | U

Directory & Legal Resources

Legal Partners / Attorney Referral List – OneAmerica
Directory | English | A

Sin Fronteras Resource Guide (King & Pierce County) – Puentes
Directory | English | A


Resources for Serving Undocumented Students & Families


Federal & State Policies

What is a DREAMER? – College Success Foundation
Info Sheet | English | E, U

Federal and State Legislation Impacting Undocumented Students: Undocu Ally Training – 21 Progress
Training | English | E

For Educators

Here to Stay: Toolkit for Educators – United We Dream
Training | English | E

Post-Election: What Educators Can Do to Support Undocumented Students – Educators for Fair Consideration
Training | English | E

Creating a Safe Space: Do’s and Don’ts for Teachers – LEAP
Info Sheet | English | E

My Undocumented Life: For Educators/Counselors – My Undocumented Life
Training | English | E

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA 101 + Success After Daca – 21 Progress
Workshop | English | D

DACA Community Advisory: Post-Election – Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Info Sheet | English | D

DACA Instructions – College Access Now
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Higher Education & Financial Success

College Readiness: WASFA Workshop – 21 Progress
Workshop | English | U

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students – Alejandra Pérez
Training | English | E

Beyond Dreaming: Washington State Scholarship List for Undocumented Students – Beyond HB 1079
Info Sheet | English | E, U

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students – College Access Now
COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Asian and Pacific Islander Support

Supporting Undocumented Students: Asian Pacific Islander Focus – 21 Progress
Training | English | E

Immigrant Justice: Undocu Asian Pacific Islanders – 21 Progress
Workshop | English | A, U

DACA & DAPA Community Forum: Asian Pacific Islander Focus – 21 Progress
Workshop | English | A, U

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Educational Resources – Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Training | English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Gujarati | E

ACRS Basic Services – Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Directory | English | A

ACRS Legal Clinic – Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Directory | English | A

Undocu Student Empowerment

UndocuPeers Liberating Campus Climate Toolkit – United We Dream
Training | English | E

UndocuPeers Liberating Campus Climate Presentation – United We Dream
Training | English | E

Undocumented Movement in Washington State – Alejandra Pérez
Presentation | English | E

Other

Life After College: Empowering Future Professional Leaders  – 21 Progress
Workshop | English | U