Rapid Response Network
WHo We Are
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.
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.
Know Your Rights For Immigrants
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.
Legal observation teams
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.
IMMIGRANT LEGAL DEFENSE
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.
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.
North Bay Rapid Response Network: Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties
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. 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.
• If you have witnessed potential ICE arrests or activity, please call 707.800.4544 - the Rapid Response hotline! And please record and document as much specific information as possible.
• 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. This is an emergency hotline. Please do not call with inquiries about whether the hotline works or for immigration consultations.
• Let’s all remember our rights! Do not open the door. You always have the right to remain silent. 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.
If you see ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) or Homeland Security and wish to request support for you legal rights, please call 707.800.4544. If someone you love is detained please call 707.800.4544 as soon as possible. If you or your family member need accompaniment please call 707.800.4544 Accompaniment means that there are trained volunteers who are willing to go to court with you and sit with you, listen to you and help you find resources you need.
To find out if ICE or Homeland Security has been confirmed in Sonoma County check our Facebook page BY CLICKING HERE.
We will post any confirmed presence.
for accompaniment to Immigration Court or to any State Court
If possible please make the request, at least 3 days in advance. One week is preferable.