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The Rapid Response Section contains articles, reports, press releases and tools that support local collaboration regarding local immigration enforcement activities, deportation, Know Your Rights and current immigrant issues.  All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

AFGHANISTAN - Afghan Refugee Info & Resource List Update
Compilation of local and national lists. New!
ACTION - Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian American and Xenophobic Harassment
In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, we at Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training to meet this moment. Key Words: COVID-19, Pandemic
ACTION - SCC Rapid Response Network Training
The RRN in SCC is a community defense project developed to protect immigrant families from deportation and to provide moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations in our community. Those interested in participating as Rapid Responders can connect through this link. RRN Training will be held in-person at Sacred Heart Community Service in the outdoor courtyard and we will follow the CDC guidelines to ensure your health and safety, Classes are limited to 8 participants and 2 facilitators Hand sanitizer and masks will be available upon arrival COVID-19 has not stopped ICE from enforcing detentions in our community and your action and presence are vital. Key Words: CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19
AFGHANISTAN - 14 steps to America for Afghans
8/25/21 Afghans fleeing Kabul aren't supposed to reach America's shores until they've passed a multi-step vetting process — 14 steps, in the case of some interpreters and others who helped the U.S military. Where it stands: The U.S. has helped evacuate more than 70,000 Afghans since Aug. 14. Only a fraction are believed to have entered the U.S. — though exactly how many isn't clear. The number was estimated last week at roughly 2,000, with 800 coming soon. Neither the White House nor the Department of Homeland Security could share updated numbers Tuesday evening.
AFGHANISTAN - Afghan American Foundation Emergency Resource List
8/17/21 In this moment of humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, please consider donating directly or otherwise supporting established, vetted and reputable organizations working in Afghanistan and in support of the Afghan people. The list below has been compiled includes organizations/efforts that AAF board members and other community individuals have placed a great deal of trust into. Emergency Donations links to reputable organizations providing life-saving care in Afghanistan are included
AFGHANISTAN - Afghan Coalition
Formed in 1996, Afghan Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization. We are dedicated to strengthening Afghan families, improving their access to social services, and building a strong and united Afghan American community. Located at the Family Resource Center in Fremont, CA, the Afghan Coalition is the largest Afghan-American organization in the US. Serving over 1,000 community members per year, particularly immigrant women and children, bilingual/bicultural advocates bridge the language and cultural gaps between community members and financial and social services. Little Kabul Key Words: Refugee
AFGHANISTAN - California Democrats tell Biden to send Afghan refugees to Golden State
8/27/21 A cadre of California members of Congress, including several from the Bay Area, have told President Biden the Golden State is ready and willing to serve as a “safe harbor” for Afghan refugees and special immigrant visa applicants fleeing their home country that’s now under Taliban rule. In a letter to Biden delivered Friday, East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, along with Southern California Reps. Ted Lieu and Adam Schiff, wrote the U.S. is “indebted to our Afghan partners, many of whom aided the U.S. military and diplomatic efforts” and risked their lives during a 20-year conflict.
AFGHANISTAN - Explainer: Humanitarian Parole and the Afghan Evacuation
8/30/21 The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has prompted a refugee crisis. UNHCR reports that more than 550,000 Afghans have been displaced since January due to Taliban advances. Those most at risk include women leaders and activists, human rights workers, journalists, and tens of thousands of individuals who have assisted U.S. efforts in the country and are marked by their connection to the U.S. military. Due to the inadequacy of the SIV and P-2 programs in the context of an emergency evacuation, on August 23 the administration announced it would be using its humanitarian parole authority to process in evacuated Afghans who do not already have visas. This explainer will define humanitarian parole and describe how it is being used in the ongoing evacuation.
AFGHANISTAN - PALA (Project Afghan Legal Assistance)
8/20/21 Please use this Referral to input information for any Afghan person seeking legal assistance in the United States. This information will be used by Human Rights First to assist in securing pro bono legal assistance in collaboration with other pro bono legal services providers.
AFGHANISTAN - Pathways to Protection for Afghans at Risk
9/1/21 from NILC (Nat Immigration Law Center) On August 31, President Biden announced the full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the conclusion of “the largest airlift in U.S. history,” a 17-day evacuation of approximately 120,000 people from Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul. In addition to U.S. citizens and citizens of other allied nations, among those evacuated were at-risk Afghans who assisted the U.S. military effort or who were otherwise under threat. The U.S. has announced three different immigration pathways that are being used to evacuate and resettle vulnerable Afghans: Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status, the Priority 2 (P2) Refugee Program, and Humanitarian Parole.
AFGHANISTAN - Refugee Council USA
The RCUSA is a coalition of 22 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Key Words: Legal Resources for displaced Afghans seeking humanitarian assistance and guidance
AFGHANISTAN - San Jose City Resource Page
9/1/21 Information and resources, including local resettlement and legal assistance and congressional assistance for relatives still in Afghanistan.
AFGHANISTAN - Steps to Protect Your Online Identity from the Taliban: Digital History and Evading Biometrics Abuses
8/17/21 We understand that the Taliban is now likely to have access to various biometric databases and equipment in Afghanistan, including some left behind by coalition military forces. This technology is likely to include access to a database with fingerprints and iris scans, and include facial recognition technology. Overall, it is very difficult to avoid recognition based on biometric data, but the following fact sheet outlines some things you can do, and some you shouldn’t. Multi-language: English, Dari, Pashto Key Words: Refugee, SIV, Evading the Misuse of Biometric Data | Evading the Misuse of Biometric Data-Pashto | Evading the Misuse of Biometric Data-Dari | IInternet Shutdowns and Blockages - English | Internet Shutdowns and Blockages-Dari | Thwarting Digital Surveillance-English | Thwarting Digital Surveillance-Dari | How to Delete Your Digital History-English | How to Delete Your Digital History-Dari | How to Delete Your Digital History-Pashto | FAQs: Protection From Digital Identification Methods By the Taliban |
AFGHANISTAN - Volunteer Legal Support for Afghans
This form is for volunteer legal workers interested in assisting with Afghan humanitarian parole applications. Volunteers will provide pro se support to Afghans and their sponsors, but will not formally represent applicants. For more information about how to file for humanitarian parole for Afghan evacuees, see our training video and step-by-step guide
AFGHANISTAN - Where Afghan refugees are expected to be resettled, by state
9/16/21 The Biden administration this week notified state authorities of the number of Afghan evacuees each state could receive in the coming weeks as part of the first phase of a massive resettlement operation that is slated to place nearly 37,000 refugees from Afghanistan in U.S. communities. California is expected to receive 5,225 Afghan evacuees, the most of any state. Texas is set to receive 4,481 Afghans, followed by Oklahoma, which is expected to host 1,800 evacuees. Washington state and Arizona are each slated to receive more than 1,600 evacuees.
AFGHANISTAN - Will the Taliban’s Takeover Lead to a New Refugee Crisis from Afghanistan?
9/2/21 The decision to withdraw U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan and the subsequent abrupt takeover by the Taliban have triggered profound concerns among Afghans, who fear for the future under the Taliban’s rule. Internationally, one key concern is that a major refugee crisis may be imminent, which could swell the numbers of Afghans previously displaced within and beyond the country’s borders during prior decades of war. Already this year, more than 558,000 Afghans have been displaced internally. Under a worst-case scenario, an estimated 515,000 refugees could be forced out of the country by the end of this year. Future flight would add to the existing 2.8 million Afghan refugees and asylum seekers around the world, who have long been among the planet’s largest humanitarian populations.
DEMOGRAPHICS - Afghan Immigrants in the United States
9/7/21 The dramatic aftermath of the U.S. military departure from Afghanistan after 20 years of war and rapid rise of the Taliban prompted a chaotic evacuation of Afghan allies and others to the United States and other countries. The U.S. government has said it expects that at least 50,000 Afghans will eventually be brought to the United States, as part of one of the largest airlifts of its kind in U.S. history. As of September 3, nearly 34,000 U.S.-bound Afghans were being housed at U.S. and NATO bases in the Middle East and Europe; another nearly 26,000 evacuees were at eight military facilities in the United States.
IMMIGRANTS - CA Local Rapid Response Hotlines
From Ready California, a list of County RRN Hotlines. Please use these numbers ONLY if you need assistance during an immigration raid and use the associated websites for informational inquiries. Key Words: KYR, ICE
IMMIGRANTS - ILRC Family Preparedness Plan for Immigrants (English-Spanish-Chinese)
Every family should have a Preparedness Plan in case of disruption of their routines for any reason. The dramatic expansion of ICE activities makes it even more important that immigrants consider the potential impact that detainment or deportation would have on their families. ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) has prepared this packet with information, forms, and additional information for families that include immigrants. Spanish | Chinese |
IMMIGRANTS - Know Your Rights (KYN) - ILRC Multi-language Red Cards
All people in the US, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights. These cards can be ordered free by non-profit service providers in English/Spanish. Also available on line in: | Spanish | Chinese | Tagalog | Arabic |
IMMIGRANTS - Living in Limbo: Your Rights, Benefits, and Obligations With No Immigration Status
7/20/18 Every year, millions of people wait for Congress to advance a solution that would provide stability for undocumented persons and their families. The numbers left waiting and worrying without a pathway to citizenship, protection from deportation, or the ability to work under the Trump Administration has only increased with the limitations on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain countries. Without a solution, many are left with questions about how they can survive, resist, and thrive as an undocumented person in the US. If you are undocumented, this guide will help you answer some of those questions by informing you of your continuing rights, benefits, and obligations while you wait for federal legislation.
IMMIGRANTS - NYC preschools are training teachers what to do if immigration authorities come knocking
9/11/19 In this climate of fear, misinformation and rumors can spread in online messages and through word of mouth. But preschool centers are in a unique place to pass along information to families, who may be more likely to trust the advice they get from staff who take care of their children all day. That’s why the Chinese-American Planning Council, a social services provider that enrolls about 300 children in publicly subsidized preschool programs in New York City, is making sure all of its school staffers are ready with information, and even step-by-step plans in the unlikely event immigration agents come knocking.
IMMIGRANTS - New Comienzos Help for Deportees in Mexico
Volunteer program with support, free services and assistance for people deported to Mexico. Al llegar a México después de un largo periodo de tiempo o por primera vez. Nuestros, Dreamers, Personas Repatriadas y familias binacionales se encuentran con muchos problemas para re-adaptarse a la vida en México. Tenemos varios servicios gratuitos para ellos. Queremos asistirlos en la reintegración a la sociedad mexicana y ayudarles a que persigan y cumplan sus metas y objetivos. Queremos demostrar de que el sueño americano también en México se puede lograr empoderandolos un paso a la vez.
IMMIGRANTS - Preparing for Immigration Raids: What Child and Youth Advocates and Service Providers Can Do
7/22/19 Massive enforcement actions also take a major toll on the organizations that serve children, youth, and families, including child care providers, schools, churches, food banks, and others. These organizations are forced into crisis mode to meet families’ immediate needs and to ensure that families are reunited. Over time, direct service providers bear the added responsibility of mitigating long-term harm to children whose families were needlessly torn apart. CLASP can support children’s and youth organizations in preparing for and responding to immigration enforcement actions in their communities. Key Words:
IMMIGRANTS - SCC Rapid Response Network Hotline (RRN)
The Santa Clara County RRN is a 24/7 hotline that community members can call to report ICE operations and receive help in real life time! When you call the RRN line: The dispatcher that receives the call will support the community member in asserting their rights, and will dispatch trained Rapid Responders to the impacted site. If immigration enforcement is confirmed, the Rapid Responders will conduct legal observation, collect evidence that may support the immigration case of the impacted family, and provide moral support and accompaniment to the impacted family. If a community member is detained, we will connect them with immigration attorneys for legal counsel and provide accompaniment support. We want to make sure no community member has to go through this on their own. To report a raid,Call (408) 290-1144 This is not a general information hotline. Key words: RRN, Deport Spanish
LEGAL - Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Based in Santa Clara, CA, CAIR-SFBA is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide. Our mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. The CAIR-SFBA office is now offering low-cost or pro bono legal assistance for citizenship, adjustment of status, family petitions, asylum, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), T-Visas, U-Visas, and Violence against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions, Asylum, Afghan SIV Request Legal Assistance | Report an Incident of racial or religious discrimination or Request Legal Services Key Words: KYR, Hate Crime, Muslim,
LEGAL - USCIS Online Detainee Locator System
Use this page to locate a detainee who is currently in ICE custody. Cannot look for records of persons under the age of 18. Search by A-Number or Biographical Information.
MENTAL HEALTH - Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI)
9/15/21 Hiring Dari/Pashto speaking Therapist to serve arriving Afghan Refugees. Founded in 2005 by a group of bilingual/bicultural mental health professionals, CERI provides culturally-relevant mental health and other social services. We are dedicated to transforming the lives of refugees and immigrants and their families, many of whom suffer from weakening intergenerational relationships, layers of complex needs, and exposure to violence and trauma both in their current environments and in their native countries.
MENTAL HEALTH - How to talk to a Child Worried About Deportation
Patient education handouts for families coping with fear of deportation. From the Florida State University Center for Child Stress and Health - part of the Immigrant Child Health Toolkit. Multi-language: Patient Handout English | Patient Handout - Spanish | NAME | Patient Handout - Creole Affect Expression Tool - Spanish | Affect Expression Tool - ENGLISH Key Words: Mental Health, Children, Undocumented, Trauma
RESOURCE - Don't be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks
A simple primer on how to interrupt racist attacks in public from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). This video suggests how we can all support a victim without involving police (unless the victim asks). If you are an educator, we strongly encourage you to share this video in your classrooms. Key Words: Islamophobia, Hate Crimes, Advocacy, intervention
RESOURCE - IRC (International Rescue Committee) in Northern California
IRC staff members and volunteers believe that refugees greatest resources are themselves. We help them translate their skills, interests and past experiences into assets that are valuable in their new communities. IRC Northern California's Emergency Response Fund for new Afghan arrivals 25 offices in the US, including Oakland and San Jose, CA. Multi-lingual: Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Assyrian, Arabic. French, Laotian, Persian, Farsi, Thai, Vietnamese, BIA Accredited., RIF, Key Words: SCC Language Bank
RESOURCE - InformedImmigrant.com
InformedImmigrant.com is dedicated to increasing access to resources and knowledge for the undocumented immigrant community across the U.S. We understand that these times are especially hard on immigrant communities dealing with the unique challenges of coronavirus and immigration status. Regularly updated national and state by state resource guides plus where to get legal help and DACA renewal. Multi-lingual: Spanish Key Words: COVID-19, health, financial, mental health, education
RESOURCE - Somos Mexicanos - Help at Mexican Consulate for Mexicans Planning to Return
An initiative of the Mexican government, to provide Mexicans who have voluntarily and involuntarily returned to Mexico with comprehensive care, through an inter-institutional and coordinated model to assist with short term to their social integration. Spanish Un Iniciativa del INM que tiene como objetivo brindar a los mexicanos que han retornado voluntaria e involuntariamente una atención integral, a través de un modelo interinstitucional y coordinado que contribuyan en el corto plazo a su integración social.
EDUCATION - Guidance and Model Policies to Assist California’s Colleges and Universities in Responding to Immigration Issues
10/2018 This advisory to CA Community Colleges provides information regarding recent California “sanctuary” jurisdiction legislation that prohibits state and local agencies from using resources to further certain federal immigration enforcement efforts. Senate Bill 54 eliminates state and local law enforcement discretion to use money and personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons, or to conduct other activities for immigration enforcement purposes. (Govt. Code, § 7284.6.) The legislation applies expressly to community college police.
LEGAL - How California's Law Enforcement Agencies Continue Working with ICE
10-8-20 TWO YEARS AFTER THE SIGNING OF THE CALIFORNIA VALUES ACT - Following the 2016 presidential election, California passed SB 54 (2017), the California Values Act, (“the Values Act”)—the strongest anti-deportation law in the country. The previous year, California passed AB 2792 (2016), the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds Act (“the TRUTH Act”), ensuring that immigrants in local law enforcement custody know their rights and provide consent before being subject to an interview with an ICE officer. Key Words: RRN, KYR
LEGAL - What AB 60 License Holders Need to Know About Real ID
10/2/20 Report from CA Immigration Policy Center (CIPC) - REAL ID is one type of identification that can also function as a driver’s license. The REAL ID Act was a law passed by Congress in 2005. It created a new standard for state-issued driver’s licenses and identity cards to meet federal requirements. REAL ID driver’s licenses and identity cards can be used as ID to board domestic flights within the United States or to enter some federal facilities like federal courthouses and military bases. If you, or someone you know, is an AB60 license holder, this is what you need to know.
MENTAL HEALTH - Video- Consejos para combatir el estres y la ansiedad
El aislamiento durante la crisis del coronavirus ha creado una situacion estresante y llena de ansiedad. Escuche unos sencillos consejos de una psicologa familiar para hacer mas llevadero este periodo. From the American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast Multi-Language: Spanish Key Words:
RESOURCE - What to Know About Immigration Raids
March 2017 99 page booklet created by the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations, that compiles information and resources that should help you respond if ICE conducts raids in your community, including a documents check list, multi-language Know Your Rights (English, Spanish and Arabic) preparing a family plan, Plan for Children's care, legal forms, contact information and more. Key Words: SCC
DEMOGRAPHICS - Not Just a Latino Issue: Undocumented Asians in America
3/21 Of all migrants to the U.S., 40% come from Asia, and out of 18 million Asian Americans in the country, 1.7 million are undocumented. Undocumented status in the U.S. is a civil, not criminal, violation. Comprising nearly 6% of the total population, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing racial group in America. At the same time, Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders are deported at a rate of three times more than that of immigrants as a whole.
EDUCATION - My Undocumented Life
Our mission is to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented students, their families, and allies (including educators, counselors, and administrators). We post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system while undocumented, information on how to apply for DACA, key upcoming immigration-related events, news on immigration policies, and much more. Most importantly, we want to provide a sense of community to our diverse group of readers. Multi-language: Key Words: Financial Aid
IMMIGRANTS - DHS Sensitive Locations Fact Sheet
Fact sheet from CLASP -The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has longstanding policies that restrict immigration enforcement actions in “sensitive locations.” This means that, except in limited circumstances, immigration agents should not conduct arrests, apprehensions, or other enforcement actions in the following locations: schools, child care programs, school bus stops, health care facilities, places of worship, Religious or civil ceremonies or observances, during public demonstrations. Key Words: ICE, deportation, Multi-language - Spanish
IMMIGRANTS - Detained or Deported: What About My Children? Parental Rights Toolkit
4/20 The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) publishes a guide to help asylum seekers maintain custody of their children, available in English and Spanish, in every immigration detention center in the United States. Key Words: KYR, Informed Immigrant
IMMIGRANTS - Forms of Identification for Undocumented Immigrants
Alternative identification cards can enable immigrants to enjoy great benefits other residents also enjoy and they can help facilitate their abilities to cooperate with local law enforcement in resolving crimes and other safety concerns. Description of various types of ID available and accepted in different cities and states. Provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
IMMIGRANTS - ICE is reportedly using fake Facebook accounts to track undocumented immigrants
10/3/19 ICE agents have used fake Facebook accounts to monitor suspected undocumented immigrants and lure them into raids in 2019, according to multiple reports. Most recently, a New York Times report detailed how ICE agents used Facebook and other social media to carry out a series of arrests in Oregon this summer. The practice violates Facebook's rules, which prohibit "inauthentic behavior" including running accounts with fake names or accounts that mislead people. Key Words: Deportation, Detention
IMMIGRANTS - Mexican Consulate - Protecioón Consular
It is the function of the Mexican Consulate to protect and defend the rights of Mexican Citizens outside of Mexico, regardless of their immigration status. Links to resources and information for unaccompanied minors and families, problems outside of the country, and preparation for travel. (Conoce el trabajo que realizan nuestros consulados para proteger y defender tus derechos como mexicano, fuera del pais, sin importar tu situacióon migratoria) Multi-lingual - Spanish
IMMIGRANTS - Profiling Who ICE Detains - Few Committed Any Crime
6/30/18 The vast majority (58%) of individuals in ICE custody June 30 had no criminal record. An even larger proportion—four out of five—either had no record, or had only committed a minor offense such as a traffic violation. This left just one out of five who had been convicted of what ICE classified as a felony. Of these only 16 percent were what ICE defines as a serious, or Level 1, offense. Even among Level 1 offenses ICE included crimes such as "selling marijuana" which many states have now legalized. Key Words: Research, demographics
IMMIGRANTS - Top 6 Digital Safety Tips for Undocu Folks
6/2/20 From UnitedWeDream for immigrants, Black and indigenous people of color, our families, and our friends, it is important to keep our personal information out of the hands of those who want to harm us. Remember, we are in the work of protecting people, not property. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Technology, privacy, undocumented
IMMIGRANTS - Uno x Uno Deportation Defense Project Fillable Form for Deportation Case Evaluation
Jan 2016. The Uno x Uno Deportation Defense Project Intake Form is created to document cases and support people in deportation proceedings in understanding their case and evaluating their options. Please fill out the information in the intake to get an evaluation of your case. Multi-language: Spanish
IMMIGRANTS - Untangling The Immigration Enforcement Web
9/17 Basic Information for Advocates About Databases and Information-Sharing Among Federal, State, and Local Agencies. Report from NILC. We hope that the following questions and answers will give immigrants and their advocates a better understanding of (1) how the exchange of data occurs currently,(2) how to evaluate the potential immigration-related risks and benefits of interacting with federal and state authorities, and (3) how to forge strategies and measures that will protect immigrants more effectively. (National Immigration Law Center). Key Words: Privacy, ICE, DHS,
IMMIGRANTS - We Have Rights: Video When ICE is Outside our Doors
5/5/18 In direct response to expressed community need, ACLU has joined forces with Brooklyn Defender Services to create and distribute a series of powerful and informative videos based on true stories to provide real life action points for what to do when ICE is outside our doors, is in our homes, stops us in our communities, and/or arrests us. Multi-language: View in Spanish | Urdu | Arabic | Haitian Creole | Russian | Mandarin
LEGAL - Legal Aid at Work
COVID-19 Update - If you are having work-related issues due to the coronavirus, call our Work & Family helpline: 800-880-8047 or general helpline: 415-864-8848. Multi-language: English, Spanish, Chinese, Urdu, Vietnamese and Farsi English Coronavirus FAQ | Vietnamese Coronavirus FAQ | Spanish Coronavirus FAQ | Chinese Coronavirus FAQ Key Words: Employment
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Legal Aid at Work offers free information online, including our selection of more than 100 detailed and up-to-date fact sheets about specific provisions of the law related to employment. Also English, Spanish and Chinese manuals for employers to protect the rights of their workers.. Spanish | Chinese Workers' Rights Clinic, helplines 415-864-8208 or 866-864-8208 (toll-free) Key Words: ALLIES1, RRN, Rapid Response
LEGAL - Promising Alternatives to Detention in the Era of COVID-19
Oct/2020 The impacts of COVID-19 have been far-reaching for people in migration-related detention or at-risk of being detained. Amidst the many issues of concern that have been highlighted by the IDC (International Detention Coalition), there are also a number of promising responses and practices that demonstrate how alternatives to detention (ATD) can be utilized to reduce public health concerns, while supporting compliance with human rights standards and the provision of, and access to essential services. This Briefing Note was informed by data made available between April-August 2020. Multi-language: Spanish | French | Arabic |
LEGAL - Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners
Designed for immigrants and those who work with them: the host of attorneys, nurses, social workers, financial services professionals, and religious workers who are stepping up in challenging times. Appleseed’s Manual helps families develop plans to deal with critical financial and family issues in the event of detention, deportation, and other family emergencies. Languages: Spanish Key Words: Legal, Lawyer
LEGAL - Stopping ICE From Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth
7/2/21 Following a four-week trial in December 2019 and January 2020, the Court held on July 2, 2020 that ICE is violating the law in the manner in which it detains 18 year-olds. This lawsuit challenged Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) practice of transferring unaccompanied minors who turn 18 years old to adult custody in the agency’s contracted jails and prisons, without considering less restrictive placements. In many cases, youth were sent to ICE detention even if they had sponsors waiting to take them in.
MENTAL HEALTH - Much damage to undo in family separations
8/15/18 We are hearing reunification stories from the front lines. Accounts from families, journalists, activists, political leaders and clinicians tell of the enormous distress that refugee children and parents have endured. Not only young children will show the ill effects of separation and detention. Children of all ages have suffered in different ways depending on age, health and the conditions of separation and detention. But younger children will not grasp why this happened to them as well as older children. Their young minds cannot comprehend immigration policy and enforcement. They'll ask, "What did I do?" or "Why did my mommy or daddy leave me?" Key Words: Mental Health,
MENTAL hEALTH - UndocuHealth Project Emergency Toolkit
The United We Dream (UWD) UndocuHealth Project was started to facilitate the incorporation and daily practice of self-love, community healing, and wellness when organizing in times of trouble, turbulence, and chaos. The Toolkit was designed to alleviate not only the stress and anxiety of folks across the nation and keep ours families secure, but also to give the reader tools that will allow them to conduct safe zone events and incorporate stress reducing activities within their community work and daily lives. Things like music-ivism, artivism, and breathing practices is what will transform these anxieties and insecurities into something positive! Key Words: Undocumented,
RESOURCE - Notifica App
Notifica is an app by United We Dream that gives you and your family a help button to alert key contacts if anyone is at risk of deportation. Simply create your messages today and you will be ready to press a button for help when you or your family needs it. Alerts are designed to inform family members, legal advocates, and other contacts that the sender may have been detained by the police or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Spanish
TRANSLATION - Know Your Rights (KNR) in Mayan
Know your rights in Maya Mam. If you have any contact with la Migra (ICE) or the police on the street, at home, in jail, at work or while driving. Original translation and interpretation in Maya Mam by the International Maya League. Content provided by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network - NDLON. Recording and Editing by International Mayan League/USA Key Words: INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE RESOURCES
HEALTH - Medical Assistance Programs for Immigrants in Various States
7/20 Federally funded Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is available to otherwise-eligible “qualified” immigrants who entered the U.S. before August 22, 1996, and those who have held a “qualified” status for five years or longer. Refugees and other “humanitarian” immigrants, veterans, active duty military and their spouses and children, and certain other immigrants can get Medicaid or CHIP without a five-year waiting period. The table describes state policies for providing health coverage to additional groups of immigrants.
LEGAL - Dignity Not Detention
The Dignity Not Detention Act, passed in 2017 in California, is the first law in the country to halt immigration detention growth and create more transparency and accountability in the U.S. immigration detention system. This is huge because California detains a quarter of all people in U.S. immigration detention each year. What California does has a dramatic effect on the immigration detention The bills that were signed into law in California are not perfect, but they are a huge step forward. Essentially, the bills place a moratorium on immigration detention growth in the state of CA.
LEGAL - National Detention & Abuse Reporting Hotline
The National Immigration Detention Hotline is the nation’s largest immigration detention hotline, connecting immigrants in detention to their family, resources, and abuse documentation support at no cost to them. Call: 9233 (from inside detention) and 209-757-3733 (from outside). Staffed by the Freedom for Immigrantsteam of highly trained multilingual advocates across the country. We receive between 600 to 14,500 calls per month from people in immigrant prisons and jails around the country. We have received calls from immigrants from 148 countries that speak 80 different languages. Multi-lingual
LEGAL - TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse)
TRAC is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University. TRAC-Immigration, deals in-depth with how our nation's immigration laws are enforced in administrative and criminal courts by a wide variety of agencies. Reports include records of individual judges. A reference library containing government immigration studies and a glossary are also maintained. Other TRAC Data and reporting sites include: Web sites describing the enforcement activities and staffing patterns of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Key Words: DHS, DEA, FBI, IRS, ATF, FOIA, DEMOGRAPHICS
MENTAL HEALTH - Fear compromises health, well-being of immigrant families, survey finds
12/15/17 Immigrant families....are living with heightened fear and uncertainty because of stricter immigration policies and increased enforcement under the Trump administration, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The fear, and the stress it creates, is compromising children's health, possibly for the long term, the report said. It is also causing some parents to forgo health care or withdraw from public health programs such as Medicaid, which covers people with low incomes, and Women, Infants and Children, which provides nutritional assistance.