Know Your Rights
A collection of lessons to help teachers educate all students about immigration and create inclusive school communities
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NYLAG provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney.
Free, safe, comprehensive, and confidential legal screenings to determine eligibility for immigration benefits and access legal help.
The hotline provides live assistance in more than 200 languages. Anyone can call for information and referrals, regardless of citizenship or documented status. Calls are confidential and anonymous.
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Free, confidential connection to mental health care, in more than 200 languages, any time of day.
Staff are trained and experienced in working with survivors of trauma and violence from diverse cultures, and are able to provide services in 200 languages. Services provided to clients regardless of current immigration status.
New Yorkers have the right to be free from unlawful discrimination, retaliation, and harassment in the workplace, housing, and public places.
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The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families envisions a future where Latino children, youth, and families have equitable access to opportunities to succeed, are empowered to realize their full potential, and are affirmed in their culture. This vision manifests for the organization through our education, capacity building, and advocacy and policy efforts in the early care and K-12 education sectors. We recognize that in the current political climate our child care professionals, students, and families are in more vulnerable positions.
The work that we do continues to bring to the forefront the impact of systemic issues that our communities are confronted with. We have put together this immigration resource guide to respond to a noticeable shift in our communities. We thank all of our partners for sharing their wisdom and expertise, which allowed us to put this together for you. It includes links to many of the immigration resources and documents that we have come across.
Please pass this resource guide on and/or feel free to share with us additional resources that we may have missed.
Always in Service,
Diana Noriega, Chief Program Officer
The CHCF Team
Know Your Rights
Everyone has rights in this country, regardless of immigration status. Please use the resources or reach out to known advocacy and ally organizations to begin having conversations about your rights and how you can protect yourself, your family, and fellow community members against instances of injustice.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the immigration enforcement agency that can arrest and detain undocumented individuals or Lawful Permanent Residents who are deportable. Refer to the New York Legal Assistance Group’s “Know Your Rights PDF” for what to do if ICE comes to your home. Click HERE for a rights card to carry with you.
As a sanctuary city, NYPD is limiting their cooperation with federal agents. However, in any interaction with law enforcement you should Know Your Rights. Most importantly, police should not inquire about your status. It is best to carry an ID that does not state your citizenship, such as IDNYC.
New York City is a known sanctuary city, meaning that city leaders are limiting their cooperation with the federal government and working to ensure all have access to social services and protections, regardless of immigration status. In line with this, city leaders and community based organizations are working to connect undocumented and mixed-status families to free or affordable legal services for a range of cases, such as (but not limited to):
It is important that you are getting help from a trusted, licensed attorney or accredited representative. Please refer to the provided resources for guidance regarding legal services.
Protecting Your Family
Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. It is our sincere hope that you will never have to use the plan; however, we believe that having one in place and sharing it with all members of the family will reduce the level of stress that you might experience in the face of uncertainty.
Please use the attached Family Preparedness Plan packet from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to begin your family plan.