PROTECT YOUR FAMILY – PREPARE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
March 23rd, 2017 by Bonifacio Torres
If you are detained by the Police or Immigration Agents
If you are detained by the police or an Immigration (I.C.E.) Agent, you have the right to remain silent and not answer any questions. You also have the right to call the Consulate from your country.
In the event of an emergency, request permission to speak to the person (caretaker) who will be picking up your children. If Child Protective Services (CPS) picks up your children, the authorized person may go to CPS to pick them up. They will need to show documentation identifying them as a relative of the child(ren) or an authorization from the parent(s) if they are not a relative.
Ask the police or I.C.E. Agent, if there is an alternative to detention, for humanitarian reasons, especially if you are a single parent so that you may ensure the care of your child(ren).
If you are going to be detained for an extended period of time, make sure that you stay in direct contact with your child(ren) through your assigned caretaker or agency. It is important that the child(ren) know that you are doing well and that he/she (they) hear your voice. If your children are under the care of CPS, contact the case worker in charge of your children as soon as possible. It is extremely important, since there may be court hearings that require your attendance in person or by telephone, or other processes or requirements you need to understand to protect your parental rights.
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