1. Get in touch with other members of the person’s Defense Network
- You don’t have to do everything on your own. There are other people in the person’s Defense Network who’re willing to help. If you have a way to contact them, plan together the next steps and support each other.
2. Reach out to the attorney
- A trustworthy attorney who knows the specific situation is one of the best allies against deportation. The person you’re supporting may or may not have an attorney. If they do, get in touch with them, share any information they may need from the preparedness packet, and explore options to defend them. If they don’t, find them one and verify their license in the bar association website.
3. Connect with a community group
- Get in touch with the local community group the person you’re supporting is part of. Let them know you’ve received a Notifica alert.
- If the person you’re supporting is not part of a community group, the MigraWatch Hotline can connect you with one. Community groups support deportation defense.
4. Locate where the person is detained
- Use their A-Number (or alternatively their first name, last name and country of origin) in the ICE locator website to find out in which detention facility the person you’re supporting is located. Keep in mind that if you’re supporting someone who is under the age of 18, they won’t appear in the system.
- Don’t go there if you’re also at risk of deportation.
5. Each person’s case is different
- Get together with the attorney and the community group and explore options to figure out the best strategy to defend the rights of the person you’re supporting.