Know Your Rights
In these uncertain times, it’s important that you know your rights. Below are our latest resources:
- Everyone Has Certain Basic Rights, No Matter Who is President – Info sheet in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Korean
- “Sepa sus Derechos” Oregon-specific Know Your Rights video in Spanish
- Know Your Rights videos for speakers of Maya Mam and Maya Ixil
- Know Your Rights Cards in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Arabic, & Korean
- Know Your Rights Cards In Arabic, Farsi, Somali, & Spanish
- Eye-catching Know Your Rights flyers in English, Spanish, Polish, Korean, Tagalog, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Hindi, and Hatian Creole
- Know Your Rights resources from the ACLU
- Know Your Rights handouts in English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Haitian Creole, and Punjabi
- A Guide for Employers: What to do if Immigration Comes to your Workplace
- Employer Know Your Rights: ICE Raids, I-9 Audits and Succession Planning
- Recommendations for Employers – prepare for ICE action
- Recommended Employer Instructions to Employees – what to do in case of ICE action
For Health Care Providers:
- Health Care Providers and Immigration Enforcement: Know Your Rights, Know Your Patients’ Rights
- FAQ: Services to Immigrant Patients
What to do?
Deportations and ICE activity
We have received dozens of questions from the community regarding rumors about Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, immigration checkpoints, and other enforcement activity suspected of happening throughout Oregon.
Recent changes to our nation’s immigration policy have undoubtedly caused fear and panic within Oregon’s immigrant communities. Below is the latest information we have on ICE activity and what to do if you witness ICE activity or are detained.
Step one: Keep yourself safe.
Stay calm, maintain a safe distance, and do not interfere with or obstruct law enforcement. Interfering with or obstructing with law enforcement can unnecessarily escalate situations and lead to your injury or arrest.
Step two: Document the interaction.
If you have a smartphone, download the Mobile Justice Oregon App, also available in Spanish. This app will let you take video that is sent directly to the ACLU of Oregon. It also will walk you through a questionnaire that will help you document the incident after you’re done recording. If you don’t have a smartphone, but your phone has a camera, take pictures, write down your impressions immediately.
Step three: Call or text the ACLU of Oregon immigration hotline
Call or text the ACLU of Oregon immigration hotline: (971) 412-ACLU. You should only use this hotline when you personally witness an action or have information from a first-hand account of an action (i.e., you’re calling on behalf of someone who was a first-hand witness). ACLU will work with community partners to both confirm rumors and disseminate accurate information. While they will do their best to answer questions about rumors, they have limited capacity and cannot respond to general information requests. For all other ACLU legal requests or questions, please contact them via their legal request voicemail at 503.227.3186. A volunteer will return your call.
For more information, visit: http://aclu-or.org/content/information-ice-raids-oregon.
Protect Your Family
Every family should be prepared in case of emergency. Parents may want to plan for their children’s care in the event that they are detained, deported, incapacitated, or otherwise unavailable for any period of time.
Family Preparedness plan
This document is not legal advice and is for educational purposes only. The recommendations and forms in this packet may not be appropriate for your situation. We recommend that you consult with an attorney to ensure that your legal documents are appropriate for your individual circumstances.
We do not guarantee that these forms will be legally binding. If you are reading the Spanish translation of this document, make sure to fill out the English version of the forms.
Download the Family Preparedness plan in English.
Download the Family Preparedness plan in Spanish.
Do not take advice or counsel from public notaries. Only lawyers or DOJ-accredited representatives can provide legal advice on your immigration process. You can find a list of official legal providers here.
This information has been furnished by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY’S DREAMS
- Don’t be fooled by false advertisements, “notarios”, or attorneys who charge an unreasonable amount of money and tell you they can file your application.
- Don’t believe it if someone tells you about a secret new immigration law or claims to have connections or special influence with any government office or agency
- Don’t pay money to someone to refer you to an immigration lawyer
- Walk away if an immigration lawyer doesn’t have a license
- Never sign an application that contains false information, and try not to sign blank forms. If you must sign a blank form, make sure you get a copy of the completed form and check to make sure all the information is correct before it is filed
- Always get proof that your papers have been filed–ask for a copy or government filing receipt whenever anything is submitted in your case
- Insist on a written contract that spells out all fees and expenses and make sure you receive a receipt, especially if you pay cash. If terms change, get a written explanation
- Don’t let anyone “find” you a sponsor or spouse to get you a green card–it’s illegal
HAVE YOU BEEN HARMED BY A CONSULTANT OR NOTARIO?
By promising too much–and knowing too little–notarios often destroy the dreams of immigrants. They promise low-cost, quick results for everything from citizenship to green card renewal, but often do not know immigration law. Even if they actually do the work they promise, such as file green card papers, they may do it incorrectly and cause permanent harm. In fact, many notarios are simply scam artists, taking their “client’s” trust–and money–without ever delivering results.
WHERE AND HOW CAN YOU TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE CONSULTANT WHO HARMED YOU?
If you believe you are a victim of a notario unlawfully practicing immigration law, visit Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s site here. You can ask the government to take action against the notario who harmed you and your complaint can make a difference.
HOW CAN YOU FIND QUALIFIED IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE?
If you need help finding a qualified immigration lawyer in your area, you can contact the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) online at www.ailalawyer.com or visit our Legal Resources page.
Don’t be fooled! Many dishonest consultants will claim to be lawyers or accredited representatives. If you consult an immigration lawyer, make sure the immigration lawyer is licensed. If you work with an accredited representative, ask to see his or her accreditation with his or her current non-profit organization.
Don’t be afraid to consult an attorney! Many notarios actually charge more than attorneys to handle cases. It often costs nothing to talk to a lawyer about your personal situation. To find an attorney, visit our legal resources page.
Watch Video: “Stop Notario Fraud”
For more information about notario fraud, please visit www.StopNotarioFraud.org
Nonprofit immigration legal services
Visit the National Immigration Legal Services Directory. You can find nonprofit organizations in your state that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services.
Immigration Lawyer Search
In addition the above resource of free or low-cost immigration legal services, you may also choose to work with a private immigration lawyer. To search for a lawyer in your area, please visit the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Lawyer Search.
Other legal services
Visit Oregon Law Help’s directory of nonprofit legal services or contact the Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service to find assistance in your area with other legal issues including housing, custody, divorce, employment, victim’s rights, and more.
Request Community Meeting
In addition to the resources available on this website, we’re traveling the state to provide community education forums, answer questions, and provide important information and updates.
For a full list of schedule community education meetings, please visit our Events Page to see if there is meeting near you.
If you don’t see an event in your area, you can request one here. Please fill out the form below or call 503-409-2473.