With fears about the country’s mass deportation efforts, many of us have been wondering about ways we can show up & hold strong in support of immigrant communities. In addition to calls to representatives, rallies and community forums, organizations around the Bay Area are hosting workshops and talks to address ways we can apply knowledge to practice. Over the past couple months, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteers, staff & participants have been attending “Know Your Rights” & allyship workshops in preparation for possible ICE presence in San Francisco.
Recently, a few of us attended a training hosted by Mission Graduates & PODER on how we can support our community in the event of an ICE raid. We learned about what resources are available, immigrant rights, covert tactics used by ICE officials, how to handle encounters with ICE and next steps on how to become a volunteer legal observer. The session was illuminating, we very much appreciate the time and energy that the representatives from Mission Graduates & PODER put into sharing this critical information with the community. Sarah, a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Support Line Advocate who attended the training, said, “I learned so much! I enjoyed that it was a very practical approach on how to help and highlighted the importance of getting the word out there in terms of rights and resources.”
Some ways you can help:
- If you see ICE in your community, report the activity with specifics on location of the raid & personal information of the detainee to Rapid Response Networks:
- San Francisco – (415) 200-1548
- The Rapid Response Network of San Francisco is made up of 21 community based organizations that provide legal and education services to the immigrant community. Our primary goal is to provide quick response in the event of any immigration enforcement activity. We have a 24 hour hotline, do raid verification, and provide legal representation to community members who are victims of these immigration enforcement acts. This service is offered in 4 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese & Arabic.
- Alameda County – (510) 241- 4011
- Call Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP) for rapid response and legal services.
2. Help Mission Graduates & PODER host more workshops like this by donating here.
- San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (SFILEN) http://sfilen.org/
- Immigrant Legal Resources Center (ILRC) https://www.ilrc.org/
- National Immigration Law Center (NILC) https://www.nilc.org/
- California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) http://www.caimmigrant.org/
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) http://www.chirla.org/
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) http://www.maldef.org
- Immigrant Defense Project http://www.immdefense.org/category/resources-for-communities/