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Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights Spanish

If Immigration Officials Appear At Your Home

  • You do not have to let the officials in your home unless the ICE agents present you with a warrant that specifically has your name on it and is signed by a judge.
  • Do not sign any documents.

When You Are Asked About Your Immigration Status

  • You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer questions regarding your birthplace.
  • Show your immigration papers when asked by an agent. If you do not have this documentation, remain silent and ask to speak with your attorney or for a list of low-cost legal services.
  • Do not falsify documents or lie about your citizenship status.

If You Are Stopped In Your Car

  • Pull over to a safe location, turn off ignition and place both hands on the wheel.
  • Show your driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance.
  • Police may only search your car without your consent if they have reason to believe your car contains evidence of a crime.
  • Remember if you are asked to show immigration documentation, you do not need to answer questions regarding your place of birth.

*This information is not intended as legal advice.

General Questions?

Los Angeles and Orange

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 977-7500
Toll-free: 1-888-349-9695

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles - Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
1530 James Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 251-3505

Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)
421 South Bixel St., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-480-1052

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Los Angeles: 2845 W. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005
Day Labor Center: 1675 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017
San Fernando Valley: 16501 Sherman Way, Ste. 245, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Phone: (213) 385-7800, ext.136