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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!

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.

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