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Know Your Rights Information and Immigration Legal Services in Montgomery County, MD and Vicinity Updated

Know Your Rights Information and Immigration Legal Services in Montgomery County, MD and Vicinity

Know Your Rights Information

Update: Immigration FAQs (as of 7/11/2019)
  • In order to help immigrant communities be prepared for any emergency situations that may arise, we have updated our Immigration FAQs to include Know Your Rights resources, information on how to prepare for possible ICE raids, where to get legal help, and more.  (English) (Spanish) 
  • If you are a victim of an immigration raid or know of a raid in the area, call CASA de Maryland‘s hotline at  301-431-4185. In case of an ICE raid or emergency, or if you want a trained group of volunteers to go with you to an ICE check-in or immigration court, call Sanctuary DMV’s ICE Emergency Hotline at  202-335-1183. If you know someone in ICE detention who needs information or assistance, call the CAIR Coalition at 202-331-3329.  See flyer for more information (Spanish)

    Family Preparedness Ready or not? Have a plan

  • Know Your Rights Information and Immigration Legal Services in Montgomery County, MD and Vicinity

    Know Your Rights Information and Immigration Legal Services in Montgomery County, MD and Vicinity

    Know Your Rights Information

    If you are a victim of an immigration raid or know of a raid in the area, call CASA de Maryland‘s hotline at  301-431-4185. In case of an ICE raid or emergency, or if you want a trained group of volunteers to go with you to an ICE check-in or immigration court, call Sanctuary DMV’s ICE Emergency Hotline at  202-335-1183. If you know someone in ICE detention who needs information or assistance, call the CAIR Coalition at 202-331-3329.  See flyer for more information (Spanish)

    Family Preparedness Ready or not? Have a plan

    How to Talk to Immigrant Families about Public Charge

    The The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)  has released this document, entitled “How to Talk to Immigrant Families About Public Charge”. The Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign provides these resources that explain Public Charge, and an overview of the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing our Future Campaign. CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people.

    Job Search Workshop through the Gilchrist Center

    The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity is offering a Job Search Workshop for non-native english speaking job -seekers. Wednesdays, April 25 -June 13, 2018. Eligible participants:
    • Have high Intermediate/Advanced English
    • Are comfortable with Internet/email
    • Are familiar with Microsoft Word
    • Have access to a computer

    The Job Search Workshop provides participants with a learning opportunity to:
    • Explore the job market and identify future opportunities
    • Prepare a resume and cover letter
    • Complete an application on paper and online
    • Practice interview skills Learn how to succeed in the U.S. workplace
    • How to Apply: Email Judith Johnson at judithheron@gmail.com

      Registration Fee: $25

    “More than Just Stress” aims to raise awareness among Asian American youth on mental health and wellness

    Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services’  Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) program has recently published the third volume of their mental health photonovel series! As part of the Be the One That Makes a Difference  project, the photonovels aims to destigmatize mental health in the Asian American community.

    All photonovels are available in multiple languages including ChineseHindiKorean, and Vietnamese in addition to English. You can download the electronic versions of volume 1, 2, and 3 from the AAHI Resource Library

    Become a U.S. Citizen Workshops

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is offering free legal assistance to help you apply for naturalization. Download flyers about our upcoming workshop on August 26, 2017.

    CHINESE | HINDI | KOREAN | VIETNAMESE | SPANISH | ENGLISH

    BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? YOU QUALIFY IF YOU:

      • Are at least 18 years old
      • Lived in the U.S. as a green card holder for more than 5 years (3 years if married to U.S. citizen)
      • Have been physically present in the U.S. for more than 2 .5 years (18 months if married to U.S. citizen)
      • Can show you have good moral character
      • Can speak, read and write basic English
      • Can pass a test on the U.S. government and American history
    You can VOTE and run for elected office. You won’t ever have to worry about being deported or losing your visa or Legal Permanent Resident status. You could bring your family living abroad to live in the United States more quickly. You will be eligible for a U.S. passport, making travel easy. You can apply for government jobs that requires U.S. citizenship.

    CALL US FOR FREE HELP

    Saturday, August 26, 2017 — 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

    White Oak Community Recreation Center

    1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904

    Call (202) 393-3572 for an appointment

    Promoting a Welcoming Environment for Immigrant Students

    The Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC, through their Exploring Equity Issues series, offer this information on this emerging topic of “Providing a welcoming environment for immigrant students.”

    Immigrant students face multiple obstacles when adjusting to their new lives in the United States. Their formative years are spent in school and this environment has a profound effect on shaping their future as productive citizens. Schools can help ease their transition and in fact, must.

    The US Dept of Education guidelines remind schools that in order to comply with federal laws, they must ensure “that students are not barred from enrolling in public schools at the elementary and secondary level on the basis of their own citizenship or immigration status or that of their parents or guardians.” Once enrolled, schools can find ways to help these students flourish.

    Health and Social Service Resources for Montgomery County Residents

    Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services’  Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) program has published a printable guide for social service resources in the County.  It is available in 15 languages on the AAHI website or by calling 240-777-4517. These are the most requested languages:

    Support Students From Immigrant Families

    For many students from immigrant families, the shifts in immigration policy over the past month have been much more than a series of news stories; these students are dealing with tangible anxiety. Not only are teachers tasked with responding to students’ fears and providing the support they need, but also they’re working to address the facts and field students’ questions about the rapidly shifting policies.

    The Teaching Tolerance staff of the SPLC has put together a package of resources to help you navigate this topic in your classroom and at your school.

      Here are just a few of the resources you’ll find:

    • A printable poster to let students know they’re welcome at your school
    • A helpful guide for supporting children from immigrant and refugee families
    • Lessons for teaching a variety of immigration topic

    Ten Myths About Immigration—Updated!

    The Teaching Tolerance staff of the SPLC has updated their Ten Myths about Immigration to respond to the recent executive orders and proposed legislation to limit immigration and acceptance of refugees, educators and students.   The updated version of their popular “Ten Myths About Immigration” feature reflects current statistics and information so you and your students can dispel harmful stereotypes.

    Take a minute to read through the article, learn why the statements are false and think about how to talk to students about the realities behind each myth.

    How many of these myths have you heard?

        1. Most immigrants are here illegally.
        2. It’s easy to enter the country legally. My ancestors did; why can’t immigrants today?
        3. Today’s immigrants don’t want to learn English.
        4. Immigrants take good jobs from U.S. citizens.
        5. “The worst” people from other countries are coming to the United States and bringing crime and violence.
        6. Undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes and burden the national economy.
        7. The United States is being overrun by immigrants like never before.
        8. We can stop undocumented immigrants coming to the United States by building a wall along the border with Mexico.
        9. Banning immigrants and refugees from majority-Muslim countries will protect the United States from terrorists.
        10. Refugees are not screened before entering the United States.
    We hope that, with these facts at your fingertips, you’ll feel more confident leading constructive conversations about immigration and the role that immigrants play in shaping our history and identity as a country
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