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Applying is easy. Get started by using the attached form, or download it here. ¿Habla espanol? Haga clic aquí o descargar.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Your personal details such as your name and date of birth
  • Your Alien Registration Number, which can be found on most immigration documents

 

How it works:

All of the money in the Fund comes from community-driven fundraising initiatives and donations.

We are not a bond company or bail bondsman. In the case that we pay a bond, released individuals will NOT be required to repay the bond nor do we require payment of any percentage of the bond amount in order to be eligible for assistance.

We CAN support with paying a bond for persons currently detained by immigration authorities.

We CANNOT provide legal advice or legal support.

We CANNOT support with paying bail in criminal pre-trial detention.

We CANNOT support with making payments related to bonds paid by private bond companies.

To request support from our fund, please complete the following application form. Information provided to us will be kept confidential. Completing this form is NOT a guarantee that we will pay this bond.

Please complete as many fields as are applicable and return this form to the case, following the instructions provided for each question. Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required and the form cannot be submitted without such information. Please write “N/A” for questions you do not have the answer to.

We will follow-up as soon as possible. In general, we try to respond within two weeks. Please allow one week from the date of submission before contacting us about request.

Decisions about which requests we can support with are informed by the Fair Fight Bond Fund Advisory Committee—a group of impacted community members and allies.

 

Who can apply:

Anyone detained by United States immigration authorities in any part of the country who has had a bond set that they do not have resources to pay is eligible to receive support from the Fair Fight Bond Fund.

We will consider all applications received but will give priority to people detained in Washington State or who have connections to Washington State.

We believe that nobody should be detained and that detention is unjust and dangerous. However, due to limited resources, we cannot cover every request that we receive. We will give priority to people who face exacerbated vulnerabilities in detention due to any of the following situations:

  • Serious physical or mental health disabilities, chronic illnesses, or in need of urgent medical attention
  • Primary caretakers of dependents—particularly minors, elders, and/or people with serious disabilities or chronic illnesses—who are facing immediate hardship due to the applicant’s detention
  • Identify as queer or transgender
  • Face exacerbated vulnerabilities in detention based on their gender, sexuality, language, faith, or other identity factors
  • The length of time detained by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency

In general, applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. However, a request will be reviewed sooner if there is a deadline or situation of urgency. We will consider the following situations when determining urgency:

  • a final immigration court hearing
  • urgent illness or health concerns
  • family emergencies
  • exacerbated hardship in detention
  • immigration case deadlines
  • deadlines or urgency in other situations, such as criminal or civil court, housing, or employment.

We do not have a limit of how much we will pay for any individual bond, but we can only pay up to $50,000 total in bonds each month.

Because there is such a high need to support with immigration bonds, we ask that you please consider contributing as much as you can with the bond amount so that we can have the opportunity to support with bonds in more cases. However, it is not a requirement to contribute in order to recieve support from us.

If someone can contribute with the bond amount, please provide that information and we will get in contact to discuss the process. If and when the amount of the bond is returned to us by the immigration authorities upon the resolution of the immigration case, anyone who contributed would be eligible to receive a refund of their contribution.

Money paid by the Fair Fight Bond Fund to secure the release of a detained community member will be returned to the Fund once there is a resolution in the immigration case and will be used for others in need of bond support.

 

Get in touch:

If you have any questions, please email bond@waisn.org or call the WAISN Hotline at 1-844-724-3737.

Need funds?

844-724-3737