Equity Corps of Oregon is a publicly-funded program that seeks to end unjust deportations by providing free legal aid to people without representation
at the Portland immigration court. Equity Corps aims to achieve universal representation in immigration court through a collective effort of community-based
organizations and legal service providers. Learn more at https://equitycorps.org.
Pueblo Unido PDX is a nonprofit organization that provides legal navigation services to immigrants at risk of deportation in the Pacific NW.
Pueblo Unido has been selected as the Navigating Community Organization (NCO) to support statewide expansion of the Equity Corps program, by
- Training and accreditation of volunteer community navigators;
- Targeted outreach to immigrant communities across the state; and,
- Trauma-informed legal navigation services to people in removal proceedings in Oregon.
Pueblo Unido PDX intends to hire a 1 FTE Statewide Navigation Coordinator and a 0.5 FTE Administrative Assistant, as well as to
subcontract with another organization to host a 1.0 FTE Statewide Navigation Coordinator outside the Portland metro area. This Navigation
team will collaborate with Pueblo Unido’s Executive Director to provide navigator trainings, outreach presentations, and navigations
throughout the state. Together, the Equity Corps Navigation Team aims to exceed the following deliverables:
- Deliverable No. 1: Conduct no fewer than 30 linguistically-specific outreach presentations to affected immigrant populations.
Outreach presentations will include, at a minimum, information about the Equity Corps program and how to get connected with legal services.
At least 20 presentations must take place outside of the Portland metro area. and presentations must occur at, but are not limited to,
locations within 15 miles of Salem, Eugene, Tillamook, Medford, The Dalles, Hermiston and Bend. The exact number of outreach presentations
will be set by the final contract.
- Deliverable No. 2: Ensure the completion of no fewer than 200 navigations of program-eligible immigrants. Navigations may be completed by
Pueblo Unido staff or by volunteers trained by Pueblo Unido and under Pueblo Unido’s supervision. Navigations are legal screenings conducted on
Innovation Law Lab software that identify program eligibility and basic facts about an immigrant’s legal case. At least 125 of these navigations
must be of program-eligible immigrants who reside outside of the Portland metropolitan area.
- Deliverable No. 3: Conduct no fewer than 20 navigator training sessions wherein new navigators will be accredited and qualified to submit
navigations to the clearinghouse thereafter. At least 14 presentations must take place outside of the Portland metro area, and presentations
must occur at, but are not limited to, locations within 15 miles of Salem, Eugene, Tillamok, Medford, The Dalles, Hermiston and Bend. Pueblo
Unido will clearly define the scope of navigation services to participants, and will clearly state that Equity Corps navigation is for legal
services and does not include case management. The exact number of navigator training sessions will be set by the final contract.