Know Your Rights*:
Frequently Asked Questions
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 birth place.
- 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.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Northern California: (415) 621-2493
Southern California: (213) 977-9500
San Diego & Imperial Counties: (619) 232-2121
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
1-888-6CHIRLA or (213) 353-1333
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
San Francisco: (415) 255-9499
California Immigrant Policy Center
Los Angeles: (213) 250-0880
Sacramento: (916) 448-6762
Oakland: (510) 451-4882
Health Care Questions
California Department of Health Care Services
Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs
Medi-Cal Assistance: (916) 440-7500
Immigration Legal Resources by County
Humboldt, Lassen, Shasta and Siskiyou
SEACM, A Ministry to Refugees and Immigrants
2315 Placer St. Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 241-5802
McGeorge School of Law – Community Legal Services
3200 5th Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 340-6080
California Rural Legal Assistance (Stockton Office)
145 E. Weber Ave. Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 946-0605
California Rural Legal Assistance (Fresno Office)
3747 E. Shields Ave. Fresno, CA 93726
Phone: (559) 441-8721
Central California Legal Services
2115 Kern St., Ste. 1, Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 570-1200
AIDS Legal Referral Panel - Immigrant HIV Assistance Project
1663 Mission St., Ste. 500, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 701-1200, ext. 313
Los Angeles and Orange
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 977-7500
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
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
Imperial and San Diego
ABA Immigration Justice Project of San Diego
2727 Camino del Rio South, Ste. 223, San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 255-8810