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Immigrant Defense Task Force

In the immediate aftermath of the 2017 firestorms, Latino and immigrant leaders drew attention to the life-threatening exclusion of Spanish-speaking and Indigenous language-speaking people from fire alerts, emergency services, and other fire relief. As immigrant people and allies, we knew our very survival depended on transforming emergency services to be culturally responsive as we brace for future climate change-fueled disasters – fires, floods and global pandemics. 

If you have questions or want to get involved, please contact us at and your inquiry will be directed to one of our Immigrant Defense Task Force leaders.

Our Current Campaigns

NBOP's Immigrant Defense Task Force (IDTF) is engaged in a campaign for language justice in the offices and programs of the County of Sonoma.


IDTF formed in 2017 motivated by political and systemic failures that deepened inequality for immigrant and undocumented communities during the Tubbs/Nunns fire. We tailored our campaigns to directly engage Sonoma County elected officials and County staff in overhauling their emergency operations framework to more adequately address the needs of immigrant communities – especially in times of disasters.


Because of our organizing, we successfully moved the County to officially adopt several of our recommendations as part of California's first culturally responsive 2022 Emergency Operations Plan under SB 160.

Sonoma County 2019
Disaster Response Report Card

At the Kincade Fires, the IDTF made on-the-ground and consultative assessment of how well the County disaster response applied our original recommendations. This report clearly shows the gaps that still exist in what the County says it should do and what it actually does. COVID-19 again revealed a complete disregard for immigrant and undocumented communities. This report card outlines policy recommendations and enforcement measures for a more equitable and just recovery during disasters.


Recommendations for Sonoma County
Disaster Planning

The following recommendations came from these discussions led by the Immigrant Defense Task Force of NBOP and were endorsed by 15 community groups and organizations in the early months of 2018. Immigrant leaders from the Immigrant Defense Task Force made their rounds and went to over 25 meetings with individual County Supervisors, numerous County Agency Officials and Board of Supervisor meetings. And then to community presentations and policy efforts across the state. This report outlines recommendations made by immigrant people and allies on how the County responds to future climate change-fueled disasters.

See also

Daysi Carreño IDTF

– Daysi Carreño, co-chair and coordinator of NBOP’s Immigrant Defense Task Force (IDTF)

"My own experience brought me to IDTF. I never want anyone else to go through what I went through during the wildfire crisis. To have a complete lack of information, a lack of help, and a lack of clear emergency or evacuation instructions in their own language. That’s what motivates me to help people."

24 HOUR HOTLINE: 707-800-4544

The Rapid Response Network provides a way for people to respond to fear and anxiety in our community as a result of the increase in immigration enforcement, ICE raids and other attacks against our communities. The network provides a 24-hour hotline to immigrants facing a raid by federal immigration agents, dispatches trained legal observers to the raid location, provides legal defense to affected communities, and offers accompaniment to victims and families following a raid

Our mission is to mobilize an emergency response network, serve as witnesses to immigration enforcement actions, uphold the rights of immigrants, and provide services to affected North Bay residents.

The legal observation team is made up of MigraWatch-trained observers who respond directly to the site of an ongoing ICE raid. Observers bear witness to immigration enforcement actions and provide data for the network and the victim’s legal defense.


The accompaniment team has made a long-term commitment to be present for the victims and involved in the work. These teams will work to support the victims with presence to their needs— rides, connecting to social services, food, making appointments, housing, etc.


Several of our network organizations host know-your-rights trainings for immigrants. These events are in Spanish or English & Spanish and cover a broad range of topics including power of attorney, DACA renewal, and what to do if immigration is at your door.


Lawyers from across the North Bay have offered their services to undocumented immigrants who have been apprehended and/or charged by federal immigration enforcement. When the hotline is activated, the lawyers are notified and begin the process of legal aid.


North Bay Rapid Response Network: Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties

24 HOUR HOTLINE: 707-800-4544

Here in Sonoma County we embrace our common humanity. Immigrant communities are deeply rooted in our county's social fabric. We know that immigrants are a vital part of our families and communities. We firmly believe all people are created equal, and every human being deserves due process, no matter what they look like or where they were born.

  1. If you have witnessed potential ICE arrests or activity, please call 707.800.4544 - the Rapid Response hotline. Record and document as much specific information as possible.

  2. The hotline is staffed by immigrant rights advocates and will connect to teams of trained legal observers and immigration attorneys who will investigate reports of ICE raids. If you are a primary witnesses to a possible ICE raid, we need you to come forward.

  3. When talking to or in front of law enforcement, anything you say can and will be used against you – don’t share your name, do not show any identification, especially your foreign passport, AB 60 license, or consular card. Don’t talk about your immigration status, citizenship, when or how you came to the U.S., or where you’re from. If arrested, remain calm, and do not sign anything. Request to speak to an attorney.


It is critical that our community remembers the importance of Power over Panic. Please verify before you post or share. Rumors about raids can spread like wildfire and create confusion and trauma.




No conteste ninguna pregunta

LLAME AL: 707-800-4544

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