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Help Immigrants Facing Detention and Deportation

Help Immigrants Facing Detention and Deportation

Rapid Response - San Francisco

Rapid Response - Alameda County

Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming CLE seminars, trainings and radio shows

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Rules of Professional Conduct for Immigration Lawyers

Help Immigrants with Family Law, Eviction Defense, Debt Defense, Taxes and More


Rapid Response Network - San Francisco

The Rapid Response Network of San Francisco is made up of 21 community based organizations that provide legal and education services to the immigrant community. The primary goal is to provide quick response in the event of any immigration enforcement activity. They have a 24 hour hotline (415-200-1548), do raid verification, and provide legal representation to community members who are victims of these immigration enforcement acts.

Download the Rapid Response Network flyer.

San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network Tipsheet - English

San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network Tipsheet - Spanish


Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP)

If you've seen Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in action, suspect ICE activity in progress, or if someone you know has been detained by ICE, call 510-241-4011 for rapid response and legal services.

Download ACILEP English Flyer

Download Spanish Flyer


Help Immigrants Facing Detention and Deportation

If you are a solo practitioner or a lawyer with a law firm, please consider volunteering with one of the following organizations:

If you are a lawyer with a large law firm, please consider volunteering at one of the following organizations:


Other Opportunities

East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association and Centro Legal de la Raza are teaming up to help immigrant families create emergency plans related to child custody and some financial matters.

The morning of Saturday, March 18, 2017, Ruben Sundeen and Erlinda Castro will be training volunteer attorneys in how to help explain and prepare the relevant paperwork with immigrant families at upcoming community know-your-rights events and intake clinics with Centro Legal.  The training will also include a brief presentation on the child dependency system and on the immigration executive orders and implementation memos issued by the Trump administration.

The first opportunity to volunteer to assist immigrant families with these plans will be in Oakland on March 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.. 

If you're interested in volunteering, please plan to attend the training on March 18, 2017 and RSVP to by March 8.  When RSVP-ing, please indicate if you speak a language other than English.


Upcoming CLE Seminars, Trainings and Radio Shows on Immigration Law

Bar Association of San Francisco Seminars and On Demand Webinars

Immigration Law and Preparing Immigrant Families - Your Legal Rights Radio Show

"Your Legal Rights” radio host Chuck Finney for a discussion with experts on Immigration Law and Custody Planning for Immigrant Families

Recorded: Wednesday, March 22 on 91.7FM  KALW

On air guests: 

  • Avantika Shastri, Legal Director and Lead Attorney for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative at the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco;
  • Ilyce Shugall, Immigration Law Specialist and Immigration Services Legal Director of Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto;
  • Hamid Yazdan Panah, Law Offices of Hamid Yazdan Panah and Member of the Iranian American Community of Northern California;
  • Deborah Wald, Certified Family Law Specialist and managing partner at The Wald Law Group


March 24: Immigration Law Basics
UC Hastings College of the Law
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 1:  A Guide to the Naturalization and Permanent Residency Process
Presenter: Mark Nemtsov, immigration attorney

Session 2:  Non-citizen Immigrants and the Criminal Justice System
Presenter: Rachael Keast, Alameda County Public Defender's Office

Session 3:  The Basics of Asylum and Refugee Law
Presenter: Aliya Karmali, immigration attorney


May 1: Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2017

PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Immigrant Legal Resource Center 
Seminars and webinars

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Learn more about the President's Executive Orders and Outcomes.


Rules of Professional Conduct for Immigration Lawyers

If you represent immigrants at the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) or the EOIR (Executive Office for Immigration Review), then you are governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct for those agencies.  The USCIS Rules of Professional Conduct are recited at 8 CFR 292.3, primarily incorporating the EOIR Rules at 8 CFR 1003.102.  


Help Immigrants with Family Law, Eviction Defense, Debt Defense, Taxes and More

Justice & Diversity Center Pro Bono Legal Services Programs