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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"We are One Family Under God"

This reminder is particularly important when dealing with migration, as family members are too often separated from one another. Violence and a dearth of economic opportunities tear families apart. Learn more about our call to welcome immigrants and refugees here. For immigration news and resources, visit our immigration issues page at Immigration Issues.

Changing Lives!

Read our annual report to see the difference you make in the lives of refugees and immigrants.

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"Immigration reform . . . a struggle for justice, dignity and human rights"

Los Angeles Archbishop Gomez recently spoke about the humanity of immigrants--how Hispanics and Asians have been a part of the ethnic fabric of America all along--and he calls for mercy in our approach to the undocumented. Whatever your views on immigration, his remarks are worth reading. Read the full text of his remarks at

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.


Marcia Ditter / Tom FitzMacken / Marina Furtado / Jane Herrmann / Meghan Kelly-Stallings / Barbara Marcouiller / Joyce Mork-O'Brien / 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