Community Collaboration

The Community Collaboration Section contains articles, reports, press releases and tools that support local collaboration regarding current immigrant issues. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

SCC Organizations Launch Rapid Response Hotline to Support Community and Keep Families Together
6/22/17 SAN JOSE, CA Community leaders and immigrant empowerment organizations reaffirmed their commitment to keeping families together and supporting those impacted by immigration enforcement today at a press conference launching the Rapid Response Network hotline in Santa Clara County. This Hotline can be called for immediate support if ICE comes to your home, workplace or neighborhood, or to report a raid. Call (408) 290-1144 This is not a general information hotline. Key words: RRN, Spanish This is a collaborative project led by Sacred Heart Community Service, Pangea Legal Services, PACT, SOMOS Mayfair, LUNA, SIREN, South Bay Labor Council, CARAS/SEIU, Diocese of San José, City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Santa Clara County office of Immigrant Relations.
SCC Rapid Response Network Training
The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County is a community defense project developed to protect immigrant families from deportation and to provide moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations in our community. Those interested in participating as Rapid Responders can connect through this link. It will be updated as trainings are scheduled around the County. Key Words: RRN
Bay Area Solidarity Network aims to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation
4/7/17 SAN JOSE - Building on a national movement to protect immigrant communities, faith leaders and local and state politicians on Friday pledged their support to undocumented immigrants who fear deportation under the Trump administration. The network includes 70 congregations throughout Santa Clara County. Some have pledged to offer sanctuary to families at immediate risk of deportation while others will provide various forms of support to these individuals, such as connecting them to legal resources. Others will participate in PACT's Rapid Response Team, a group of volunteers that plans to show up to the scene of local ICE raids to document the incident.
California Forbids U.S. Immigration Agents from Pretending to be Police
7/26/17 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN)  California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday barring federal authorities from presenting themselves as law enforcement officers in the Golden State. Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, wrote the bill, Assembly Bill 1440, in hopes of reducing unethical tactics by federal agents.
ILRC Family Preparedness Plan
Every family should have a Preparedness Plan in case of disruption of their routines for any reason. ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) has prepared this packet with information, forms, and additional information for families that include immigrants. | Spanish |
Know Your Rights (KYN) - ILRC Multi-language Red Cards
All people in the US, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights. These cards can be ordered free by non-profit service providers in English/Spanish. Also available on line in: | Spanish | Chinese | Tagalog | Arabic |
Know Your Rights and What Immigrant Families Should Do Now
4/28/17 ILRC Update - It's important for everyone to know their rights if approached by an immigration (ICE) agent as well as how families can best prepare for something happening. This resource provides practical tips for things immigrant families can do now to prepare as well as information on rights everyone has in the United States, regardless of immigration status. Spanish | Chinese | Arabic | Korean | Russian | Tagalog | Vietnamese |
Mobile apps for undocumented immigrants mark new era in technology
4/10/17 Developing digital safety nets and resources for this growing market has taken on new urgency in the wake of the Trump administration's immigration policies. Arrived is a free app available for download now. It was created by a team largely composed of Google employees, to empower immigrants with knowledge on a variety of topics, from housing and education to jobs and deportation. Other apps are in development. With the press of a digital panic button, immigrants detained by ICE may soon be able to send customized, encrypted messages to friends and family from their mobile phones in a last-minute attempt to share final parting words or critical information.
Multi-language Deportation & Detention Brochures
The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) has downloadable Deportation and Detention brochures in a variety of languages. | Chinese | Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Key Words: Post-Election Resources
Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building
The Fund will provide one-time small grants in the range of $3,000 to $15,000; grant decisions will be made within 30 days. The Fund intends to support proposals that respond to an unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization to advance racial and economic equity at a neighborhood, city or county level. This is a time-sensitive fund that is responsive to and shows solidarity with the communities we serve. Multi-language: | Spanish |
Report Highlights How Local Criminal Justice Policies Undercut the Promise of Sanctuary Cities
5/4/17 Local criminal justice policies, such as vagrancy laws and cash bail requirements, endanger vulnerable immigrant populations and undercut the promise of 'sanctuary' cities, according to a report released today by Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project, the Immigrant Defense Project, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. The report urges city and county leaders who want to protect immigrants to act swiftly to end harmful criminal justice practices that criminalize poverty and send undocumented residents into the deportation pipeline.
Stand up to ICE and stand for California values
6/23/17 Federal immigration policies and enforcement have taken an aggressive shift in recent months, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents making arrests at public facilities such as schools and courthouses. Instead of making us safer, these new immigration policies will only spread fear and promote race-based prejudice. SB 54 will protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to support mass deportations, separate families, and damage California's economy. Local law enforcement would still be able to coordinate with federal authorities when undocumented violent criminals are released from state custody or under investigation. SB 54 passed the Senate and it is now before the Assembly.
Bay Area families rush to make deportation-preparedness plans
3-21-17 Deportation planning is part of a broader strategy to empower immigrants in the same vein as know-your-rights workshops that train people what to do and what not to do, if they come into contact with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Immigration Legal Resource Center, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, recently created a family preparedness guide that it distributes to grassroots organizations.
Child Migrant Return and Reintegration Project (CMRRP)
2/2/17 KIND's Child Migrant Return and Reintegration Project helps unaccompanied children returning to Guatemala and Honduras from the United States. KIND and its partners have helped children by ensuring they are returned to their communities safely and receive reintegration support such as family reunification, skills training, counseling, and help with school enrollment and scholarships. English | Spanish
How will President Trump's Executive Order affect refugees in America?
Refugee Center Online (RCO) has prepared webpages in the following languages to help explain to refugees how the Executive Order will affect them: English | Arabic | Chinese | Dari | Farsi | French | Karen | Kirundi | Kiswahili | Kurdish | Nepali | Pashto | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Turkish | Vietnamese |
ICE-Raids-Educators-Guide - Protect & Prepare Youth and Families
6/16 tools and resources to help protect and prepare youth and families in case of an immigration and customs enforcement (ice) raid. This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the US. It's critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.
Muslim Advocates
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. As a watchdog of justice, we use the courts to bring to task those who threaten the rights of American Muslims. 2/10/17 Update| Reporting Form for Persons Questioned or Detained at the Border |
2016 California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth
On January 1, 2016 two new California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth took effect. AB 899 is a new law that clarifies that California law does not permit the automatic sharing of confidential information from juvenile court proceedings with any federal official, including immigration officials. AB 900 is a new California law that will provide better support and protection for unaccompanied, undocumented youth between the ages of 18 and 20 in California.
A Primer on Expedited Removal - FACT SHEET from American Immigration Council (AIC)
President Trump's January 25, 2017, executive order directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to dramatically expand the use of expedited removal. Expedited removal is a process by which low-level immigration officers can quickly deport certain non-citizens. Since 2004, immigration officials have used expedited removal to deport individuals who arrive at our border, as well as individuals who entered without authorization if they are apprehended within two weeks of arrival and within 100 miles of the Canadian or Mexican border. One of the major problems with expedited removal is that the immigration officer making the decision virtually has unchecked authority.
Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions
11/27/16 NY Times - Across the nation, officials in sanctuary cities are gearing up to oppose President elect Donald J. Trump if he follows through on a campaign promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants. They are promising to maintain their policies of limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents.
Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border PROTECTING THE DATA ON YOUR DEVICES AND IN THE CLOUD
3/10/17 Te U.S. government reported a 5-fold increase in the number of electronic media searches at the border in a single year, from 4,764 in 2015 to 23,877 in 2016. Every one of those searches was a potential privacy violation. Our lives are minutely documented on the phones and laptops we carry, and in the cloud. Our devices carry records of private conversations, family photos, medical documents, banking information, information about what websites we visit, and much more. Moreover, people in many professions, such as lawyers and journalists, have a heightened need to keep their electronic information confidential. How can travelers keep their digital data safe?
Fast-Track Deportation Expansion Could Impact Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants
6/9/17 Since 2009, the deportation numbers have grown dramatically to more than 400,000 per year. During the Obama administration, the numbers of individuals deported from the interior of the country dropped as border deportations rose through fast-track removal procedures. Nearly 75 percent do not see a judge before they are deported; While use of that process has been limited to the border region, President Trump has ordered his administration to expand the use of expedited removal across the nation.
Forms of Identification for Undocumented Immigrants
Alternative identification cards can enable immigrants to enjoy great benefits other residents also enjoy and they can help facilitate their abilities to cooperate with local law enforcement in resolving crimes and other safety concerns. Description of various types of ID available and accepted in different cities and states. Provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
Local Options for Protecting Immigrants
12/15/16 In response to President elect Donald Trump's promise to deport 2 to 3 million immigrants when he takes office, many cities and counties across the US are seeking to enact local policies (often referred to as 'sanctuary' or 'welcoming') to protect their immigrant residents. These policies seek to keep immigrant communities safe, ensure that all individuals are treated equally (regardless of immigration status) devote local resources to local priorities, and uphold the Constitution.
Mexican Consulate - Protecioón Consular
It is the function of the Mexican Consulate to protect and defend the rights of Mexican Citizens outside of Mexico, regardless of their immigration status. Links to resources and information for unaccompanies minors and families, problems outside of the country, and preparation for travel. (Conoce el trabajo que realizan nuestros consulados para proteger y defender tus derechos como mexicano, fuera del pais, sin importar tu situacióon migratoria) Multi-lingual - Spanish
Mexican government spends $250,000 in Sacramento to defend immigrants living here
5/7/17 The Mexican consulate in Sacramento will spend about a quarter-million dollars to help its nationals in the area fight deportations, part of a $50 million effort across the United States by the Mexican government as fears of immigration crackdowns grow..
Refugee Phrasebooks - 16 Languages
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Cultural Orientation Resource Center was funded to develop phrasebooks for selected refugee populations. These phrasebooks include appropriate English phrases for use in daily American life, selected to be direct, brief, and relevant. Among the nineteen units included are sections on Giving Information About Yourself, Recognizing Signs, Dealing With Money, Health, Food, Clothing, Housing, and Jobs. Each phrasebook is approximately 140 pages and can be downloaded for free. Languages: Russian, Spanish, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Chinese (Cantonese), , Somali . Czech, Farsi , Haitian Creole, Hungarian, Hmong,, Khmer . Lao , Polish and Vietnamese
Sanctuary Policies: An Overview
2/25/17 Report from the American Immigration Council - Over the past several decades, many states, counties, and cities have adopted a variety of policies intended to serve and protect all of their residents, regardless of immigration status. These laws, policies, or resolutions are sometimes referred to as "sanctuary" policies, although no legal or standard definition of the term exists. There are many reasons jurisdictions adopt "sanctuary" policies, such as: strengthening resident-police relations and ensuring that all people feel comfortable reporting crimes, regardless of immigration status; and protecting police agencies from liabilities resulting from local enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Searching for Sanctuary - ILRC Analysis of US Cities & Counties
1/2017 Immigrant Legal Resource Council Immigrant Legal Resource Council (ILRC) identified seven different types of policies to consider in assessing the extent of local assistance with immigration enforcement in different jurisdictions. We used these factors to evaluate the extent to which local law enforcement agencies offer voluntary assistance to ICE. Without enacting policies to preserve local resources and safety for the entire community, regardless of immigration status, local law enforcement will continue to be extensively involved in deportations.
New CA law adds transparency to process of deporting inmates
9/29/16 AB 2792 stipulates that immigrants are informed of their right to refuse interviews with ICE officers while incarcerated. Enforcement agencies are required to have inmates sign written consent form before ICE interview. Communication between ICE and local law enforcement agencies now subject to public records laws.