We work to build the capacity of advocates and directly-impacted individuals to respond to criminal-immigration issues and support policy advocacy efforts through community education. In response to community demands, we provide legal support to community-based organizations that support base building efforts and fortify the advocacy power of their membership, and design and conduct trainings about the current deportation system as well as recent trends that immigrants who have had contact with the criminal (in)justice system.
Know Your Rights With Police & ICE
IDP conducts Train-the-Trainer workshops for community-based organizations who are interested in bilingual (Spanish and English) Know-Your-Rights workshops for community members. Our workshops include: An explanation of the different ways you may be tagged for deportation in the criminal legal system (such as under ICE’s “Secure Communities” program) and how to protect your rights when dealing with the police and ICE. Knowing which rights you have and exercising them can be complicated. For more information or to set up a training on what to do if you encounter ICE or to be prepared if you are put into ICE detention and deportation proceedings, contact IDP at KYR[at]immdefense[dot]org.
Deportation 101 is a training tool that educates and builds the capacity of immigrant and criminal justice service providers, immigrant leaders, and community organizers to respond to their members’ and clients’ interactions with the criminal justice system. It functions as a free, 1-2 day-long seminar on the criminal-immigration system, accompanied by a 1500+-page manual developed jointly in 2005 by IDP and Families for Freedom. Detention Watch Networkand National Immigration Project, who contributed to an expansion of Deportation 101 in 2007, now also serve as important partners in developing and presenting these trainings. The curriculum has been tailored for particular state and regional needs and provides detailed background on the deportation system; basic steps to address the needs of someone facing deportation; and an overview of tactics and strategies to build case campaigns and respond to detention abuse. In response to high demand, it now also includes expanded sections on ICE ACCESS programs – including thorough explanations of what S-Comm, Criminal Alien Program, and 287(g) are and how they work, how detainers function as the primary tool to transfer immigrants from the criminal justice to the deportation system through these programs, and how campaigns across the country are challenging these programs. We have used Deportation 101 to train more than one thousand people around the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, the Washington DC metropolitan area, Texas, and Illinois. Our manual is available here in English and Spanish.
Workshops at Rikers Island
IDP, along with Families for Freedom, conducts workshops at Rikers Island with incarcerated immigrants, many of whom face a high risk of deportation because of their contact with the criminal justice system. These bilingual (Spanish and English) workshops were designed to help orient immigrants in the criminal justice system to what they face and to provide practical tips and strategies to fight deportation. We also provided a Know-Your-Rights sheet in Spanish and English about detainers through these workshops. Given the permanent presence of ICE at Rikers, through their Criminal Alien Program, we advocated that ICE officers must wear uniforms and that immigrants are given Form 144 (in English and Spanish), which we created for people in DOC custody explaining why ICE wants to interview them, what their rights are, and giving them the choice of whether they want to meet with ICE.