Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights (KYR) advice and guidance is important for all immigrants, as well as their families, friends and providers that support and serve them. These resources specifically address Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions.

KYR Basics

  • Do This the First 24 Hours When Someone is Detained
    Step-by-step guidance: Information you need to get from ICE; documents you’ll need to prove the detainee has community ties and doesn’t pose a danger; hotline numbers and advocacy information you should have in advance.
  • We Have Rights
    The SF Bay Area Council on American-Islamic Relations has partnered with Brooklyn Defender Services, American Civil Liberties Union, and other organizations to produce this four-video We Have Rights campaign that gives practical advice to immigrants on what to do “when ICE is outside our doors, is inside our homes, stops us in the street, and arrests us.” The video is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Urdu, Arabic, Russian, and Haitian Creole.
  • SB 54 Know Your Rights Palm Cards
    The Ice Out of California coalition has produced handy ‘palm cards’ that explain immigrant rights under California’s sanctuary state law (SB 54). The palm cards spell out what law enforcement cannot do. English | Spanish | Chinese| Vietnamese
  • Know Your Rights guidance from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
  • When ICE Comes: Know Your Rights Script (each is also translated into English)
    Arabic | Bengali | Burmese | Chinese | Gujarati | Karen | Khmer | Korean | Napali | Urdu | Vietnamese
  • Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC): The Rights of Lawful Permanent Residents (available in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic)
  • Arab Resource & Organizing Center: Know Your Options & Rights

Health Care

  • NILC – Patients’ Rights
    Is it safe seeking health care, applying for health insurance; privacy protection; unaccompanied children and health care; provider rights


  • What to Do If Immigration or the Police Come to Your Door - English | Spanish

Driver’s Rights

  • AB60
    Signed into law in 2013, California Assembly Bill 60 directs the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue an original driver’s license to any California resident who is eligible for a driver’s license, regardless of immigration status.
  • Driver’s Rights: AB60 in An Era of Resistance
    Drive California is a statewide coalition of agencies committed to supporting drivers’ licenses for all.

If ICE Comes


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