Know Your Rights

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.


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):

Read/Download the Safety Plan

Read/Download the Spanish Safety Plan

Read/Download the Somali Safety Plan


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:

English | Spanish


ACLU Pamphlet

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:

English | Arabic | Urdu | Farsi | Hindi | Punjabi | Somali | Español | Français 


How to Protect Yourself from Immigration Raids

The following brochure outlines how you and 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; say nothing or say "I need to speak to my lawyer."

English | Español


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).

Access the list


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.

English | Spanish


External Resources

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.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services