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National Immigrant Solidarity Network
No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!

New York: (212)330-8172
Los Angeles: (213)403-0131
Washington D.C.: (202)595-8990

The National Immigrant Solidarity Network (ISN) is a coalition of immigrant rights, labor, human rights, religious, and student activist organizations from across the country. We work with leading immigrant rights, students and labor groups. In solidarity with their campaigns, and organize community immigrant rights education campaigns.

From legislative letter-writing campaigns to speaker bureaus and educational materials, we organize critical immigrant-worker campaigns that are moving toward justice for all immigrants!

STOP THE DEPORTATIONS |  SPECIAL REGISTRATION: Not Over Yet  |  OPPOSE THE CLEAR ACT: Write to Congress  |  SEVIS Stop the Surveillance of Innocent Students  | DREAM Act Education for All

Appeal for Donations!

Please support the Important Work of National Immigrant Solidarity Network!

Send check pay to:
The Peace Center/ActionLA
8124 West 3rd Street Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90048

(All donations are tax deductible)

Information about the National Immigrant Solidarity network
Pamphlet (PDF)

See our Flyers Page to download flyers


Useful Resources:

Useful Handouts and Know Your Immigrant Rights When Marches

Immigrant Marches / Marchas de los Inmigrantes

Immigrants and their supporters are participating in marches all over the country to protest proposed national legislation and to seek justice for immigrants. The materials available here provide important information about the rights and risks involved for anyone who is planning to participate in the ongoing marches.

If government agents question you, it is important to understand your rights. You should be careful in the way you speak when approached by the police, FBI, or INS. If you give answers, they can be used against you in a criminal, immigration, or civil case.

The ACLU's publications below provide effective and useful guidance in several languages for many situations. The brochures apprise you of your legal rights, recommend how to preserve those rights, and provide guidance on how to interact with officials.

Know Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement
| Conozca Sus Derechos Frente A Los Agentes Del Orden Público

ACLU of Massachusetts - Your Rights And Responsibilities If You Are Contacted By The Authorities English | Spanish | Chinese

ACLU of Massachusetts - What to do if stopped and questioned about your immigration status on the street, the subway, or the bus
| Que hacer si Usted es interrogado en el tren o autobus acerca de su estatus inmigratorio

ACLU of South Carolina - How To Deal With A 287(g)
| Como Lidiar Con Una 287(g)

ACLU of Southern California - What to Do If Immigration Agents or Police Stop You While on Foot, in Your Car, or Come to Your Home
| Qué Hacer Si Agentes de Inmigración o la Policía lo Paran Mientras Va Caminando, lo Detienen en su Auto o Vienen a su Hogar

ACLU of Washington - Brochure for Iraqis: What to Do If the FBI or Police Contact You for Questioning English | Arabic

ACLU of Washington - Your Rights at Checkpoints at Ferry Terminals
| Sus Derechos en Puestos de Control en las Terminales de Transbordadores

Immigrant Protests - What Every Worker Should Know:
| Manifestaciones de los Inmigrantes - Lo Que Todo Trabajador Debe Saber

ACLU of Florida Brochure - The Rights of Protesters
| Los Derechos de los Manifestantes

Washington State - Student Walkouts and Political Speech at School
| Huelgas Estudiantiles y Expresión Política en las Escuelas

California Students: Public School Walk-outs and Free Speech
| Estudiantes de California: Marchas o Huelgas y La Libertad de Expresión en las Escuelas Públicas


*Thanks for the great work from Detention Watch Network to compile following very useful resources! For more information, please visit: http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org

General Information
Tracking ICE's Enforcement Agenda
Real Deal fact sheet on detention
Real Deal fact sheet on border

Judicial Review following the REAL ID Act
- AILF Practice Advisory on Judicial Review Provisions of the REAL ID Act
- AILF Practice Advisory on Federal Court Jurisdiction over Discretionary Decisions After REAL ID

Children and Family in Detention
- Lists of ICE juvenile facilities (2/14/08)

Spiritual Care as a Human Right: An Examination of Programs, Standards, and Community Involvement
- Developing a Spiritual Care Giver Program
- Sojourners Detention Center Visitor Project One Page Flyer

The Nuts & Bolts of Representing the Detained: Day-to-day Challenges & Strategies for Success
- Useful Resources for Representing Immigrants in Detention

Alternatives to Detention: Developing Strategies for Positive Change
- Alternatives to Detention Briefing Materials for UN Special Rapporteur

Mental Health in Detention: Access, Assistance & Solutions
- Legal Orientation Program of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
- The Physical & Psychological Symptoms of PTSD
- Stress & Trauma: Your Body’s Response & How to Handle It
- INS Detention Standards on Medical Care
- INS Detention Standard on Suicide Prevention and Intervention

ICE Raids: Legal Responses and Strategies
- Know Your Rights Materials from Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Litigation Materials from the Swift Raids

Placing Detention within an International Human Rights Framework
- The International Detention Coalition

Material Support for Terrorism: Strategies to Secure Protection in a Post 9/11 World
- Abandoning the Persecuted: Victims of Terrorism and Oppression Barred from Asylum
- Amicus Brief in the Matter of R-K-
- Amicus Brief in the Matter of S-K-
- Federal Register regarding Waivers for Certain Asylum Seekers
- Federal Register regarding Waivers for Duress
- Letter to President on Material Support
- Material Support One Page Backgrounder
- One Pager on Application of Material Support Admissions Bar
- RCUSA Appeals to NSC on Material Support

Detention Oversight: A Roundtable Strategy Session on Enforcing the Standards
- Confronting Confinement: Oversight Accountability Report
- How to Complain in NJ on Detention Standards Violations
- “Expectations:” Criteria for Assessing Prison Conditions in the UK

Communicating our Values to Win: Messaging on Detention and Deportation
- Restoring Due Process to the Immigration System: A Messaging Guide for Members and Allies
- Sentenced Home: The Issues and How to Talk About Them

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants
- Briefing Materials Submitted to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

Materials from the National Immigrant Justice Center on Documenting Violations of Detention Standards on Conditions
- Detention Conditions Documentation: Database Tools and Usage Manual
- Detention Conditions Questionnaire
- One Page Handout on Detention Conditions Documentation Project

- From Raids to Deportation-A Community Resource Kit
- Know Your Rights in the Community (English, Spanish)
- Know Your Rights in Detention
- Pre-Raid Community Safety Plan
- Raids to Deportation Map
- Raids to Deportation Policy Map

More materials can be found at http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/communitymaterials


Updated Overview of anti-immigrant ordinances with Maps
Center for Community Change
Fair Immigration Reform Movement

November 20, 2006

Friendly Resolution (Summary)

Failed Ordinances (Map)

Immigrant Friendly Resolutions (Map)

Passed Ordinances (Map)

Pending Ordinances (Map)

Overview of Ordinance Types

Overview of Recent Local Immigration Ordinances and Resolutions

11/11: Post-order detainees as of October 2006

A recent statistics from ICE, provided as followup to the DHS Enforcement Group quarterly meeting with them. The last chart included in the file has to do with how long detainees are being held past their final order in each field office.


From: Center for the Study of Urban Poverty

January 23, 2006
On The Corner: Day Labor in the United States
Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Nik Theodore, Edwin Meléndez, and Ana Luz Gonzalez

June 23, 2005
In Pursuit of the American Dream: Day Labor in the Greater Washington D.C. Region
Abel Valenzuela Jr. and Ana Luz Gonzalez, Nik Theodore, and Edwin Melendez

December 01, 2003
Civic Participation in a Multiracial and Multiethnic Context
Michael A. Stoll and Janelle S. Wong

November 01, 2003
An Evaluation of Massachusetts' Workforce Development Programs: The Earnings and Employment Impacts of Participation in Employment and Training Programs on Low-Income Adults
Michael A. Stoll, Steven Raphael, Edwin Melendez, Alexandra de Montrichard and Michael P. Massagli

September 01, 2003
Will Community-Based Employment and Training Organizations be Disadvantaged under WIA? Recent Evidence on Participant Characteristics and Outcomes in Boston
Michael A. Stoll, Edwin Melendez and Alexandra de Montrichard

September 01, 2003
The Labor Market for Ex-Offenders in Los Angeles: Problems, Challenges, and Public Policy
Harry J. Holzer, Steven Raphael and Michael A. Stoll

July 01, 2003
Workforce Development in Minority Communities
Michael A. Stoll

June 04, 2003
Day Labor Work
Abel Valenzuela, Jr.

April 11, 2003
Day Labor in New York: Findings from the NYDL Survey
Abel Valenzuela, Jr. and Edwin Melendez

January 01, 2002
Spatial Job Search and Job Competition Among Immigrant and Native Groups in Los Angeles
Michael A. Stoll, Edwin Melendez and Abel Valenzuela, Jr.

October 01, 2000
Within Cities and Suburbs: Racial Residential Concentration and the Distribution of Employment Opportunities
Michael A. Stoll, Harry J. Holzer and Keith R. Ihlanfeldt

Defending Immigrant Rights, a 150 page Activist Resource Kit from Political Research Associates outlines how to:

Understand the anti-immigrant movement

Organize against right-wing campaigns

Respond to anti-immigrant arguments

Identify important opponents and allies.

Web Pages:

Bay Area Independent Media Center Immigrant Page

Guide for state groups dealing with anti-immigrant worker legislation (PDF Reports)
by: National Employment Law Project

- State Anti-Immigration Legislation Guide
- Anti-Immigrant Workers Compensation Bills 2006
- State Employer Sanctions Bills 2006

Talking Point

Myths about Undocumented Immigrants English and Spanish
(by: National Council of La Raza

Tool kit on against state/local police enforcing immigration laws
(National Council of La Raza)

It addresses the various proposals to deputize state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws, including the CLEAR Act. The toolkit contains sample materials that you can adapt and use to fight these proposals, including sample letters, press releases, talking points, and intake forms. It also includes many useful tips for lobbying, working with the media, and coordinating with coalitions.
PDF Report

Useful Leagl Information and Resources:

More information is available from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) 'Know Your Rights' pamphlet , available in English, Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Punjabi, and Portuguese, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association
(AILA) Question & Answer sheet.

Know Your Rights when you are questioned by the police, FBI, INS, or any other law enforcement agents

Trainings and Wallet-Sized Palm-Cards (Spanish, Arabic, English and Urdu) are available from the Know Your Rights Committee of CHRI. (Backs of cards list places to call for legal assistance,finding a lawyer, and other resources)

You have these rights in the USA
(regardless of your immigration status!):

Say you want to see a lawyer.

You do not have to sign any paper without a lawyer with you.

You do not have to let the police, FBI, INS or anyone else come into your house without a "warrant" (special paper froma judge). Tell your roommates not to let them in without a warrant.

You do not have to answer any questions about your immigration.