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  • FAQ: What if I'm Picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in DC?

    If you are an immigrant parent living in the District of Columbia, this guide was written for you. Its purpose is to give you an understanding of the immigration and child welfare systems, and to help you plan so you do not lose rights over your children if you are apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The best thing you can do to make sure your family stays together is to have information and be prepared! Read More

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    Steptoe & Johnson LLP
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  • Steps to Take Now to Avoid Losing Custody of Your Children if You are Detained by ICE

    If you do not have permanent lawful status in the United States, or if you have lawful status but have been charged with or convicted of an offense, you may be at risk of being detained by ICE. It is important that you make plans for the care of your children now. If you have not made any plans, it is more likely that your children will end up in the foster care system if you are picked up by ICE, or if you are arrested or detained for a criminal charge. You must be prepared to advocate for yourself and for your family as soon as you are detained by ICE or law enforcement, and this guide is an excellent place to start. Read More

    By:
    Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • How To Apply for A Three or Ten Year Cancellation of Removal

    Information about cancellation of removal -- what it is, who qualifies and how to apply. Content Detail

    By:
    Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
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  • What to Do if You Are in Expedited Removal or Reinstatement of Removal

    This article is designed to help people who are in Expedited Removal or Reinstatement of Removal or Administrative Removal. Content Detail

    By:
    Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Program
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Get Legal Status Through Your Family Member

    This article is for people who are in the custody of DHS who want to know if their family members legally in the U.S. can help them get legal status in the U.S. Content Detail

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    Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • ICE Detainers: Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently asked questions about ICE detainer forms, including information on ICE's new toll-free hotline (855) 448-6903, where detained individuals can call if they believe they may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime Content Detail

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    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • All About Bonds

    This article is for individuals in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who want to ask the Immigration Judge to lower their bonds or to let them leave the detention center without paying bonds before their immigration cases are finished. Content Detail

    By:
    Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Your Rights When You Are Approached by the Police

    Information on your legal rights when you are approached by the police, especially if you are an immigrant worker or day laborer. Content Detail

    By:
    National Employment Law Project
  • How to Apply for Asylum and Withholding of Removal

    This article can help you find out if you qualify to apply for asylum and/or withholding of removal (also called "withholding") so you can avoid being sent back to your country. Content Detail

    By:
    Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Immigrant Women and Abuse

    If you are an immigrant to the United States, and you are a victim of domestic violence or rape, here are some suggestions we hope will help you. Content Detail

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    Women's Justice Center
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  • Immigration Forms

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    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Are You a U.S. Citizen?

    This article is for individuals who are in the custody of DHS and who have been placed in removal, exclusion, deportation or other immigration proceedings. If you are in expedited removal, reinstatement of removal or administrative removal proceedings, this booklet will help you understand whether you have a claim to U.S. citizenship, but to understand the proceedings you are in, you should also read the materials called "What To Do If You Are In Expedited Removal Or Reinstatement Of Removal." Content Detail

    By:
    Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Apply for "Cancellation of Removal for Certain Legal Permanent Residents"

    This booklet is for lawful permanent residents who are in the custody of DHS and who have been placed in immigration proceedings. This booklet mainly discusses how to apply for a form of relief from being removed from the United States that is called "Cancellation of Removal for Certain Legal Permanent Residents." To apply for this form of relief you must be in "removal" proceedings. Removal proceedings are what used to be called "deportation" or exclusion proceedings. If you were placed in immigration proceedings on or after April 1, 1997, you are probably in "removal" proceedings. Content Detail

    By:
    Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Your Rights and Responsibilities As A Permanent Resident

    Being a permanent resident is a "privilege" and not a "right." The U.S. government can take away your permanent resident status under certain conditions. You must maintain your permanent resident status if you want to live and work in the United States and become a U.S. citizen one day. In this section, you will learn what it means to be a permanent resident and how you can maintain your permanent resident status. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services