Family Support Network and Hotline
Connecting families with reliable and immediate information, referrals to legal, ministry, and social services.
1,100 families are torn apart by deportation every day in the US.
The Family Support Hotline connects community members to reliable information for a range of services. Partnered with community-based organizations, community members can receive updates on immigration issues, learn about their rights, gain information on deferred action and citizenship, and report raids and deportation matters.
Approximately 20-40 Illinoisans are torn apart by deportation every day. That's 20–40 mothers and fathers. What happens to their families left behind? What services are available to them? What keeps them from ending up on the streets, or worse? The crisis of family separation is not only moral and emotional; it is also legal and financial. Many families cannot afford legal representation, nor can they easily replace the salary of a breadwinner. The ICIRR Family Support Hotline connects families in crisis with reliable and immediate information, referrals to legal, ministry, and social services—while also providing a long-term connection to someone who can help them locally.
Many non-profit organizations and private attorneys offer help with immigration legal matters.
CLICK HERE for a list of Illinois non-profit organizations that offer immigration help.
CLICK HERE for a detailed directory of non-profit organizations that offer immigration help to Illinois residents.
CLICK HERE for a list of private attorneys who provide representation in immigration cases.
NO Warrant, NO Access
You do NOT have to answer the door. You the right to ask the agent (through the closed door) if he has a warrant. If the agent says he has a warrant, ask him to slide it under you door or show it through a window.
Check if the warrant: (i) is signed by a judge or supervisor; (ii) has your name on it, and (iii) has a recent date.
You have the right to remain silent! You can show you 'Know Your Rights' card. Remain calm!
Do NOT sign any documents. Tell the agents you won't sign anything until you talk with a lawyer.
WRITE DOWN Information
If agents force their way in your home: take down their names, agent numbers, and license plate numbers of their vehicles.
Don't sign any documents without legal counsel. You have the right to make a call. Call a family member or lawyer to tell them where you are located. You will not have access to your cellphone, memorize important phone numbers.
PREPARE an Emergency Plan
Always carry with you your 'Know Your Rights' Card. Carefully choose a responsible adult that can take care of your children and help you during an emergency. Keep all you important documents in a safe and secure place.
Callers always have the choice of whether or not to share their real name or phone number with our volunteers; they are never obligated to reveal this information. In other words, we will know who you are only if you choose to tell us.
While almost all callers are connected directly to a volunteer, we might experience a high volume of calls and you will reach our voicemail. In these cases, callers may choose to leave a phone number, in which case the number will be confidential and will be given directly to a volunteer to call back.
We will never share any of your personal information with our social service partners without your permission. We will never share any of your personal information with advertisers.
Volunteer to help
Be the first line of defense for families facing deportation, help them find their loved ones in detention, and help them connect to local services.
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