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    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

    No matter who is president, everyone living in the U.S. has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution. Undocumented immigrants have these rights, too. It is important that we all assert
    and protect our basic rights. If you find you have to deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE) or other law enforcement officers at home, on the street, or anywhere else, remember that you  have the rights described in this one-pager.

    1) DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOORS
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot come into your home without a warrant signed by an  immigration court judge. With your door shut, ask them to slide the signed warrant under the door or push it up against a window. They cannot come in unless you let  them.

    2) EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT
    I.C.E can and will use anything you say against you in court. It’s important for you to remain silent and ask to speak to your attorney. Simply tell the immigration officer: “I am exercising my
    fifth amendment right and choosing to remain silent until I speak to my attorney”.

    3) DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING BEFORE SPEAKING TO AN ATTORNEY
    Many times, ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will attempt to trick and make you sign  your own deportation. This is also known as a voluntary departure. Do NOT sign anything that they  give you without first speaking to an attorney.

    4) RECORD YOUR ENCOUNTER

    It’s important to take photos and record video on your phone unless you are on federal government  property. Take detailed notes of badge numbers, amount of agents, time, type of cars they used, and  exactly what happened. Reporting this information will help us determine if any rights violation  was made on behalf of the immigration agency and help us expose their rouge, manipulative tactics that they use to round up and deport immigrants.

    5) REPORT YOUR ENCOUNTER
    United We Dream runs a hotline called the MigraWatch Hotline for people to report activity of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E), Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P), or any other  immigration agencies. Report the activity by calling this hotline at 1-844-363-1423.

    6) GET HELP
    Get a trustworthy attorney and explore all options to fight your case. If detained, remember that you might be able to get bail – don’t lose hope. Visit our partners, IMMI, to find free or low-cost
    legal help near you.

    7) FIGHT BACK
    As the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country, United We Dream has helped stop hundreds  of deportations. Text HereToStay to 877877 to fight back alongside us.

    School Board Policy

    It is the policy of the Seattle School Board that district staff bears the primary responsibility for maintaining proper order and conduct in our schools.  However, there are times when law enforcement, child protective agencies, and the county health department will be called upon to ensure the safety and protection of students or staff.
    Staff will be responsible for holding students accountable for infractions of school or district rules, which may include minor infractions of the law occurring during school hours or at school activities. When violations of the law are involved, the principal or their designee may refer such matters to the appropriate legal authorities. Decisions to prosecute rest with the legal authority.
    The district will strive to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with law enforcement and other government agencies. The Superintendent or his designee will confer with law enforcement, child protective authorities and health department officials to establish agreed upon procedures. Such procedures should address child abuse and neglect investigations, criminal investigations, handling bomb threats, arrests by law enforcement officers on school premises, the availability of law enforcement personnel for crowd control purposes, reporting of communicable disease cases and investigations, and other matters
    that effect school, law enforcement, and other agency cooperation. Such procedures will be made available to affected staff and periodically revised. The Superintendent is authorized to develop procedures to implement this policy.



    The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network has launched a phone hotline for community members to report ICE raids, detentions, actions, and other problematic activity by immigration agents.

    TO REPORT IMMIGRATION ACTIVITY IN WASHINGTON:

    DIAL 1-844-RAID-REP (1-844-724-3737)

    The hotline is available for community members to report:

    ·  Instances of family members or friends who have been detained by ICE or Border Patrol in Washington State

    ·  Workplace raids by immigration agents 

    ·  Other instances of problematic activity by immigration agents - for instance, presence of immigration agents in or around courthouses or other sensitive locations (schools, congregations or medical facilities) or other situations that cause concern for community members.

    Community members who contact the hotline to report someone being detained by immigration will be provided information about how to connect with legal help (through the AILA referral service) and the information will also be sent to the Tacoma office of NWIRP (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project) so we can provide legal orientation services for those who cannot afford private representation.  If callers report a large-scale workplace raid in progress and we are able to verify the information, NWIRP will then deploy the large-scale raid legal response team that was organized earlier this year.

    WA Solidarity Network Hotline:   English       Spanish


    Immigration Letters for Families:
     English          Vietnamese          Spanish          Somali         Chinese      

    Questions and Answers for Schools Districts and Parents:
    Questions and Answers

    Immigrant Legal Resource Center:
    Help for Immigrant Families

    ​Immigrant Safety Plan for Youth and Children:
    English       Somali          Spanish          Amharic

    Other Spanish Documents:
    Conoce tus Derechos en Escenas de Deportación
    Guía al Centro de Deportación del Noreste
    Preparándose para una Redada


    Schools' Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents

    The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, now more commonly known as English Learner (EL) students or English Language Learners (ELLs), can meaningfully participate in educational services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand.

    Fact Sheet, Ensuring English Learner Students Can Participate Meaningfully and Equally in Educational Services

    Fact Sheet, Information for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them

    Information for Parents to support your Leveled Reader

    Chinese: Parent Guidelines for Books, Level A-C Informational Text, Level A-C Literary Text, Level D-H Informational Text, Level D-H Literary Text, Level I-L Informational Text, Level I-L Literary Text, Level M-P Informational Text, Level M-P Literary Text.

    English: Parent Guidelines for Books, Level A-C Informational Text, Level A-C Literary Text, Level D-H Informational Text, Level D-H Literary Text, Level I-L Informational Text, Level I-L Literary Text, Level M-P Informational Text, Level M-P Literary Text.

    Somali: Parent Guidelines for Books, Level A-C Informational Text, Level A-C_Literary Text, Level D-H Informational Text, Level D-H Literary Text, Level I-L Informational Text, Level I-L Literary Text, Level M-P_Informational Text, Level M-P_Literary Text.

    Spanish: Parent Guidelines for Books, Level A-C Informational Text, Level A-C Literary Text, Level D-H Informational Text, Level D-H Literary Text, Level I-L Informational Text, Level I-L_Literary Text, Level M-P Informational Text, Level M-P_Literary Text.

    Vietnamese: Parent Guidelines for Books, Level A-C Informational Text, Level A-C Literary Text, Level D-H Informational Text, Level D-H Literacy Text, Level I-L Informational Text, Level I-L Literary Text, Level M-P Informational Text, Level M-P Literary Text.

    Contact Us

    Michelle Ota
    Director, ELL and International Services
    206-252-0072


    Additional Links

    International Schools Service

    Learning English in Washington schools: What Parents should know

    Seattle Preschool Service

    Seattle Preschool Service Flyer
    Seattle Preschool Service Information

    Translated Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)