The ACLU and the Brooklyn Defender Services have created “WE HAVE RIGHTS”, a national immigration defense campaign that will provide critical information to communities threatened by Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE) and engage the broader American public in an urgent conversation about immigrant justice in our country. Help share this information with their great social media kit.
As anxiety rises in immigrant communities across the country and ICE becomes more brazen each day, there is an urgent need for reliable information that helps immigrant communities understand their rights as well as safe, practical steps they can take to defend themselves during encounters with ICE.
Whether you are an immigrant who needs this information or an ally aghast at the rising threat to your friends, loved ones and neighbors, it is critical for all of us to watch these videos to see what is happening in our country.
There is also great information on the rights of allies during an encounter with ICE. Observers have the right to take notes, videotape an arrest, and ask for identification and badge numbers of officers, but must never interfere with an arrest. If someone is arrested, they should be locatable in 24 hours here: locator.ICE.gov.
Information and videos are provided in 7 languages here.
When ICE is outside our doors
When ICE is inside our homes
Encountering ICE in our communities, in our streets
If ICE arrests us
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Voice Artist Statements:
“It’s a terrifying and dangerous time to be among the more than 11million immigrants living in the United States today. Making sure that everyone, including our immigrant family members, friends and neighbors are aware of their rights is critical to fulfilling our nation’s promise. I’m honored to be able to use my voice to help people live an informed, free and dignified existence. Immigrants are people.”
The We Have Rights campaign offers critical information about how to defend yourself as an immigrant in the U.S. when your basic rights are challenged. The campaign offers essential information and needed tools to help people and families prepare themselves to defend their rights.”
“I became involved in the We Have Rights campaign to ensure that members of the Haitian community throughout the United States have the tools they need to defend their rights when facing immigration officers. Sadly my own family members have had disastrous encounters with ICE. I hope these videos will empower those who might feel helpless in these types of situations and remind them that they toohave rights.”
“I’ve spent my life working to ensure my community has rights in America. I’ve accompanied people from my community to court, in immigration proceedings, and seen firsthand the many violations of the freedom on which this country is founded. I won’t stand for it, which is why I am doing this work.”
“My hope is that this campaign, both the videos and the materials on the We Have Rights website, reaches affected communities across the country, helping to ensure that others have the opportunity to live freely and without fear in t he U.S.”