UPDATED Feb. 21, 2020, with information in Hmong.
Immigrants are living in a climate of heightened fear and chaos, following President Trump's June 17 tweet that widespread pre-dawn raids were coming into the heartland.
Over the following weekend, the president walked that tweet back, saying he would delay his raids a few weeks. That announcement didn't do much to reassure immigrants or their allies.
In an era when the president's policy allows up to 150 men to be locked into glorified cages known as a "human dog pound" without adequate food, or the ability to change clothes or shower for a month and counting; and when at least 250 infants, children and teens are in detention nearby in similar conditions, with children taking care of children, the American Civil Liberties Union is among numerous organizations doing all we can to fight for people's rights.
It is important to note that our Constitution protects undocumented people and citizens alike.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE STOPPED BY ICE
DERECHOS DE LOS INMIGRANTES (ESPANOL)
PAUB KOJ COV CAI (Hmong)
OGOW XAQUUQDA AAD LEEDAHAY (Soomaali)
WHAT TO DO IF ICE RAIDS A WORKPLACE
INFORMATION FOR OFFERING SANCTUARY
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CHILDREN?
IF ICE AT YOUR DOOR IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA
If you are in southern Minnesota and need immediate help, call an ACLU-MN organizer at (507) 380-9838.
OTHER LOCAL RESOURCES
The Advocates for Human Rights provides pro bono legal services primarily to low-income asylum seekers, human trafficking survivors and unaccompanied children. Potential clients living in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota can call the client line at (612) 341-9845. Individuals picked up in raids who call the client line but do not fit service criteria will be provided referrals to other legal service organizations and private immigration attorneys. Asylum seekers living anywhere else in the U.S. can call the National Asylum Helpline at (612) 746-4674 to be referred to legal aid organizations near their place of residence.
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) provides free brief legal advice and full representation to immigrants and refugees in Minnesota who qualify for services based on income and type of case. Call during intake hours to ask about an appointment. In addition to representing individual immigrants and refugees, ILCM offers immigration-related education presentations and advocates for more just and humane immigration policies.
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) provides free legal representation to low-income immigrants and refugees of Anoka and Hennepin County. The Immigration Law Project assists in cases of adjustment of status, citizenship, removal defense, DACA, SIJS, U visa, T visa, VAWA, removal of conditions on permanent residence status, DED, and some consular processing. To schedule an intake appointment, please call (612) 332-1441 Mondays 10:30 to 12:30 or Thursdays 1:30 to 3:30 and ask for immigration intake. Intake staff speak Spanish, and any other language needs will be met.
The Volunteer Lawyers Network (además disponible en español) has a network of walk-in immigration legal clinics, provides access to immigration advice by phone, and takes full representation cases identified through its intake and legal clinic settings. VLN also does community legal education and trainings, and has a Family Preparedness Toolkit (English)/La Planeación de Emergencia Familiar (espanol) for Minnesota. Learn more about VLN Legal Clinics (or en espanol, https://www.vlnmn.org/nuestros-centros-de-ayuda-legal). The intake number to get advice by phone is (612) 752-6677, available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IMMIGRANT LAW CENTER OF MINNESOTA HELPLINE
The MN Immigrant & Refugee rights helpline is a free and confidential resource for community members that operates during emergency periods such as Trump's raids to offer information and resources. Call 651-287-3715 for a recorded update of hours or see the website for other call-in options. Individuals who call the Helpline will be connected with an ILCM representative who can provide legal information, know your rights information, information about emergency family preparedness planning resources, and referral information.
WALK-IN LEGAL CLINICS
DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS AND SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS
Park Avenue Legal Clinic (lower level of Park Avenue United Methodist Church)
- Location: 3400 Park Ave. S, Minneapolis
- Clinic Times: Walk-in (first-come, first-served), Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. (except 5th Thursdays/holiday weeks)
Waite House Legal Clinic
- Location: 2323 11th Ave S, Minneapolis
- Clinic Times: Walk-in (first-come, first-served), 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 2-4 p.m.
- Park Avenue Legal Clinic (lower level of Park Avenue United Methodist Church)
NORTH MINNEAPOLIS AND NORTHWEST SUBURBS
Brooklyn Legal Clinic (main floor of Brooklyn United Methodist Church)
- Location: 7200 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center
- Clinic Times: Walk-in (first-come, first-served), first Friday of the month, 2-4 p.m.
- Brooklyn Legal Clinic (main floor of Brooklyn United Methodist Church)
CLUES Legal Clinic
- Location: 797 East 7th Street, Saint Paul
- Clinic Times: By appointment and walk-in, first Wednesday of the month, 2-4:30 p.m. Resumes Aug. 7.
- CLUES Legal Clinic
NORTHFIELD (CANNON VALLEY-RICE COUNTY)
VLN-ILCM Cannon Valley Legal Clinic
- Location: Church of St. Dominic-Youth Building, 112 Spring St. N., Northfield
- Clinic Times: Walk-in (first-come, first-served), 2nd Tuesday of the month, 2-4:30 p.m.
- VLN-ILCM Cannon Valley Legal Clinic
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (IN OTHER LANGUAGES):
- (Arabic) العَرَبِيَّة
- 中文(简) (Chinese)
- فارسی (Farsi)
- Français (French)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Soomaali (Somali)
- Español (Spanish)
- (Urdu) اُردُو
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
HOW TO HELP:
Along with donating to the ACLU of Minnesota or any of our allies above, there are a number of other ways to help: