Know your Rights


Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights:

  • You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
  • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
  • If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
  • You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.

Read more about your rights and how to prepare for different situations here:

Know Your Rights Cards

“All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The ILRC’s Red Cards help people assert their rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home.”

If ever encountered with law enforcement, these cards come in handy as it explains that you wish to exercise your constitutional rights.  It’s a good measure to carry one of these with you at all times. You can check our office or print one out for yourself at


Family Preparedness Plan

Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. This packet will help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status. However, because of the additional challenges immigrant and mixed status families face, we also have additional advice for immigrants.


Financial Handbook for Families facing Detention and Deportation
Resource with information on protecting assets and benefits for someone facing detention and deportation, from managing your bank account and power of attorney to receiving money in detention.

Click here to learn more!