Resources: Protecting Immigrants in California

We Stand with California's Immigrants 

In these uncertain political times, we must work together to protect California’s immigrants, keep kids and families together, and help everyone understand their rights. Below please find organizations and resources to aid you in protecting immigrant kids and families across our state. 

  • The National Immigration Law Center has put together helpful resources in English and Spanish to help immigrants and providers navigate privacy concerns around applying for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics firmly opposes any Department of Homeland Security measure that would separate mothers and children at the border. Their website contains a number of resources to support the health of children.
  • The California Immigrant Policy Center offers a variety of fact sheets that detail health and public benefits available to immigrant children. They can be found here.
  • The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum recently held a webinar called “Healthcare for Immigrant Communities and the New Administration” the slides for which are another great resource.
  • The Service Employees International Union has created two posters that explain what to do if immigration authorities come to one’s home, or workplace. These posters can be printed and hung in offices, schools, lobbies, living rooms, and places of work.
  • The Children’s Bureau brief, Child Welfare and Immigration, is a helpful guide to the history of immigration as it relates to child welfare systems in the United States.
  • On the FOSTERPORT website, particularly the immigration page, one can access resources regarding youth in the immigration and child welfare systems, as well as contact information for experts who can help.
  • Center on Immigration and Child Welfare provides support to immigrant children and families involved in the public child welfare system, and a number of resources are available on their website.

  • California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has come out strongly in support of “safe haven” efforts in school districts across California. His statement in response to Trumps immigration order can be found here. Details regarding example “Safe Haven” districts can be found here:
  • The California School Board Association has developed a number of resources—including legal guidance, sample board resolutions and template polices—to help California’s schools continue to justly educate students impacted by immigration status.

  • For anyone working to understand the contributions and demographics of—and challenges for—immigrant populations in California, the recent brief by the California Immigrant Policy Center, Resilience in an Age of Inequity: Immigrant Contributions, is a must read.
  • The United States Department of Education released a fact sheet about safe spaces, which can be useful for preschool and early childhood providers.
  • The National Immigration Law Center has developed a pocket-sized rights card, which is useful for immigrants to show to immigration enforcement officers.  
  • The American Federation of Teachers has developed a guide to prepare teachers and school staff to protect children and families in case of an immigration raid. It can be found here.  
  • Here is a resource guide to help educators serve immigrant children and English Language Learners and promote early learning, developed by The United States Department of Education.
  • Moms Rising, a website with an abundance of helpful resources for immigrants, recently published videos in English and Spanish to help immigrants understand their rights.
  • The Center for the Study of Social Policy’s recent brief, Healthy, Thriving Communities: Safe Spaces for Immigrant Children and Families, shares actionable policy proposals that will promote safe spaces and economic stability for immigrant communities


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