Immigration

Volunteers unpack donations at a food bank in California. (Photo from Flicrk by OC Foodbank)

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Seattle's international population is especially vulnerable to hunger — but they're often unable or afraid to access food aid.

Protestors mimic force-feeding detainees at an August 2nd demonstration at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo from NWDC Resistance Facebook Page )

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Immigrant detainees in the Northwest are caught between an antagonistic federal agency, a profit-hungry corporation and a dysfunctional do-nothing Congress.

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Preparations are underway for local organizations to provide support for the 600 minors who may arrive in Washington in coming weeks.

Seattle's new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director Cuc Vu (center) flanked by Mayor Ed Murray and outgoing Interim Director Aaliyah Gupta. (Photo by Kamna Shastri)

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Tuesday morning, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray introduced Cuc Vu as the new acting director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). Vu will be taking the place of Interim Director Aaliyah Gupta.

Walid Alkheyat, of the new Iraqi Community of Washington State leads a group of children, women and men to Seattle City Hall during a protest in June asking for US intervention in Iraq. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

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Iraqi refugees in the Northwest are quick to downplay the sectarian divisions that are causing fault lines in their home country.