We have compiled several resources to help you understand your rights when interacting with various law enforcement officials and officers. It is important to be aware of your rights and the rights of fellow community members.
Know Your Rights Fliers from NWIRP
When the government arrests or tries to arrest someone, or when a government official or police officer "just wants to talk," every person in the United States has certain basic rights. These rights apply to everyone, regardless of citizenship. Be familiar with your rights, and help protect others by informing them of their rights with these fliers.
Sanctuary Congregations and Harboring FAQ from the ACLU
The ACLU has put together this resource for anyone interested in learning more about the sanctuary movement, supporting immigrants in the faith community, and the potential consequences of harboring immigrants. Please note that this information is not legal advice and does not substitute for consultation with an attorney.
Safety Plan for Youth and Children from our Partners at Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
This safety plan is meant to aid families in preparing for the potential detainment or deportation of parents with children (children with or without status):
National Immigration Law Center Pamphlet: Know Your Rights at Home and At Work
This pamphlet by the NILC in English and Spanish explains what community member rights are in regard to immigration raids, interactions with immigration officials, and more. Access the pamphlet in the languages below:
The American Civil Liberties Union created a very helpful pamphlet that addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. The booklet is for citizens and non-citizens, with information for non-citizens in a separate section. Please note that while this booklet is informative and accurate, it is not a substitute for legal advice. We've included links to this downloadable pamphlet in several languages below:
How to Protect Yourself from Immigration Raids
This booklet from the Immigrant Defense Project details the latest trends in ICE arrests at homes, courthouses, and shelters. It outlines what to know and expect if ICE comes to your house, as well as what your legal rights are in that situation. It is available below in Spanish and English, and a shorter flier offering an overview of the booklet has been been translated into multiple languages including French, Punjabi, Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Tagalog, and more - and is available at this link.
The following brochure by CASA outlines how to protect yourself if you are arrested or detained by the US Government. Remember that if you are arrested it is your right to refuse to answer any questions. Do not lie - instead, say nothing or say "I need to speak to my lawyer."
Private Attorney List
This list includes attorneys in Washington state who represent immigrants and detainees. Several of them speak multiple languages (included in the list are attorney officers who speak Spanish, Japanese, Russian, French, Korean, Portuguese, and German).
Guide for Detained Immigrants
This pamphlet has been prepared by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to provide useful information to friends and family of detainees at the Northwest Detention Center and is available in English and Spanish.
The following pages are great resources for community members interested in learning more about their rights or looking for legal services.
Washington Law Help provides Immigration resources in multiple languages.
Northwest Justice Project (NJP) provides free civil legal services to low-income people.
Columbia Legal Services provides free civil legal services to people who are low-income or have special legal needs throughout Washington State.