St. James Immigrant Assistance
formerly the St. James ESL Program

Our Mission

The St. James Immigrant Assistance mission is to advance justice for refugees and immigrants through education, advocacy, and by helping the most isolated refugees and immigrants to learn English, become citizens and connect to community resources.
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Changing Lives!

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Announcements & Events

Volunteer Information Session

Monday, Oct 20th, 6:00 - 7:30pm
St. James Pastoral Outreach Center, Mother Cabrini Room. Enter through the courtyard on the corner of 9th &  Columbia. Current openings: Advisory Board, ESL Tutors, and Multi-lingual Office help
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Celebrate Citizenship and Constitution Day

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is a combined event that is annually observed on September 17, commemorating the signing of the Constitution. It also recognizes all people who have become US citizens. Which founder are you? Can you pass the test to become a U.S. citizen?


You can help an immigrant realize their dream of becoming a citizen. Find out how at Be a Citizenship Sponsor


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About St. James Immigrant Assistance

St. James Immigrant Assistance (formerly the St. James ESL Program) is a 501(c)(3), non-sectarian, volunteer and community-based organization that provides free English instruction and Citizenship assistance to low-income adult refugees and immigrants in Seattle and King County, Washington. Founded in 1975 with one tutor and one Vietnamese client, SJIA has grown to serve clients from 37 countries in all parts of the world. In 2011-2012, along with our 83 volunteers, we served 481 immigrants and refugees in King County.

SJIA ADVISORY BOARD

Fawziah Al-Hlaly / Marcia Ditter / Tom FitzMacken / Jane Herrmann / Meghan Kelly-Stallings / Barbara Marcouiller / Joyce Mork-O'Brien / Michelle Strah / Surab Vadachkoria / Joe Varano

"While we do not support illegal immigration we are committed to helping all persons in need regardless of their legal status...Our goal as a community of disciples is comprehensive immigration reform to provide legal pathways for family reunification, guest workers and those seeking citizenship.

We will reach out to all persons in need, including immigrants, regardless of their legal status.

This is nothing new. The Archdiocese of Seattle has a consistent and longstanding commitment to justice based on our belief in the dignity of all persons."

-- Archbishop Brunett