Blocker to host deportation defense fund kickoff on April 5


Tacoma City Councilmember Keith Blocker is hosting a community kickoff for the Deportation Defense Fund on Thursday, April 5, from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (4851 S. Tacoma Way).

In response to growing community concerns about Tacoma residents facing deportation, the Tacoma City Council authorized the creation of a Deportation Defense Fund to assist with their legal defense services. Basing the fund’s establishment on one of several recommendations provided by the Immigrant and Refugee Task Force, the City of Tacoma made an initial allocation of $50,000 towards this fund. Through local community efforts, an additional $2,000 has been raised as well.

“The need for services far outweighs present resources and my hope is that this kickoff promotes a deeper level of understanding about this important issue,” said Council Member Blocker. “Every little bit counts and, hopefully, those who are able to are compelled to take that next step and contribute to the Deportation Defense Fund.”

Community members can contribute to the Deportation Defense Fund by sending a check to the City of Tacoma Treasurer’s Office (747 Market St., Room 246, Tacoma, WA 98402) with the subject line “Deportation Defense Fund” or by submitting a donation online at

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