The OAN | Emergency Plan in Case of the Detention or Deportation of Family Members
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03 Mar Emergency Plan in Case of the Detention or Deportation of Family Members

You are not alone. The best response is to be prepared!

Prepare a Plan:

1. With your spouse and other adults in the home, make a list that everyone can see of friends and family members that can help in case a member of your family is detained.

2. Find someone who will take care of your in children if you or your spouse is deported. Speak with the person about the responsibilities of caring for your children. If it is possible put some money aside to help with the expenses and the loss of income of a detained person.

3. If it is possible, save money in an emergency fund to help with the costs and the loss of income if someone is detained.

4. If you have US Citizen children make sure they have US Passports in case your deportation makes it necessary for them to travel outside of the US.

5. Forms are available at all US Post Offices.

6. Make photocopies of all your immigration documents. Keep a copy of all your documents with a friend or family member that you trust.

5. Make a list of things that the children should do if their parents do not come home when they are supposed to.

6. Make a list of things that the parent or guardian can do in case of deportation or detention.

  •  Call a community agency that gives legal help of immigration.
  • If a family member or friend is detained and does not have a lawyer this  person or a family member can  The Legal Aid Society Immigration



  • If someone is detained and you do not know where they are you can  call ICE at 212.264.5085 or search online at
  • Keep a list of family members and their numbers in your country of origin to call in an emergency.

7. Always carry with you telephone numbers of legal service providers and family members who you can call in case you are detained.

8. Remember, if you are picked up by ICE agents you have the right to remain silent! You must give your name and present identification, but do not need to answer the officers other questions or sign documents that you don’t understand.

9. If an officer arrives at your home they can only enter with a search warrant OR if someone in the house allows them to enter. If you suspect that ICE agents are at your  home and they do not have a search warrant, DO NOT open the door.

Know your rights! Keep informed of all the rights you have before your family is affected.

Modified by The Legal Aid Society, Immigration Law Unit, February 2017

from a document distributed by CARECEN


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