Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Advancing Justice-LA Urges Undocumented Immigrants to Be Vigilant Amid Reports of Immigration Raids

LOS ANGELES -  This week, there have been multiple reports of immigrants being detained and deported, likely as a result of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implementing President Trump’s orders to increase immigration enforcement. This includes reports yesterday of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Southern California and stories of individuals being deported for offenses that were deemed low priority under the Obama Administration. Because we expect such raids and deportations to continue, Advancing Justice-LA urges immigrants -- particularly those who are undocumented and out of status -- to know their rights and to make plans in case they are targeted.
“Arming yourself with the right information and knowing your options is the best defense against feelings of panic and anxiety in our community. Advancing Justice-LA’s community and legal advocates are here to provide free and confidential immigration screenings to anyone who needs it,” said Aman Thind, Immigration Project Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. “We vow to continue to fight for the rights of immigrant communities.” 
Advancing Justice-LA has created a new “Know Your Rights” page on our website with information on key current issues, including our “Know Your Rights” handout, explaining the status of DACA and the new priorities for deportation. Translations of some materials are posted now and others will be added in the next few days. The page can be found at:   
 We also advise the following:
  • Avoiding negative interactions with law enforcement - convictions such as driving under the influence and any other that are drug-related have irreversible negative consequences. 
  • Know Your Rights - You have the right to remain silent until you speak to an attorney and you do not have to open the door for ICE unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. 
  • Make a Plan - Memorize important phone numbers of family members, friends, and an attorney; keep originals and copies of important documents in a safe place and inform family members or friends. 
Advancing Justice-LA also offers immigration Know Your Rights information sessions for school groups and other organizations. These information sessions provide relevant information about immigration law, the immigration system, and one’s rights in interacting with ICE and law enforcement. 
For undocumented and out of status immigrants who have not been fully screened for all possible immigration options, Advancing Justice-LA holds free and confidential immigration screenings every week:
  • Every Tuesday from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (Karsh Family Social Service Center - 3750 W. 6th St.)
  • Every third Wednesday from 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm (San Gabriel Valley Service Center - 1441 Santa Anita Ave.)
  • Every Thursday from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. (Advancing Justice-LA Office - 1145 Wilshire Blvd.)
For immigrants who are eligible for U.S. citizenship, Advancing Justice-LA urges those individuals to seek assistance in filing an application.  Advancing Justice-LA holds free citizenship clinics every Friday and the 4th Saturday of the month. 
To schedule an appointment for immigration or citizenship related services, please contact [email protected] or call Advancing Justice-LA's toll-free in-language hotline numbers: 
Chinese: (800) 520-2356
Korean: (800) 876-3640
Tagalog: (885) 380-2552
Thai: (800) 914-9583
Vietnamese: (880) 267-7395
Khmer: (800) 867-3126
English: (888) 349-9695
Callers should leave a message if unable to speak directly to a community advocate. Calls are returned generally within one business day. 
Randy Bunnao, 213-241-0227, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Friday, February 10, 2017
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