Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Releases Spanish-language Video to Support Immigrant Parents
We are pleased to announce the release of a video we produced in response to the requests from thousands of parents who find themselves and their children in an environment that is increasingly uncertain for immigrants.
The video demonstrates and provides insight for parents on how to communicate with their young children on topics that are particularly difficult to tackle. It models interactions between parent and child and shows them how to respond, and comfort a child who faces the stress of bullying, and potential family separation. Using the familiar dicho “Better safe than sorry”(“Mas vale prevenir que lamentar”), it also encourages parents to develop a plan that is best for their family and how to provide for the care and well-being of their child in the event of an emergency.
Intangible Productions and Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors developed the video in conjunction with experts on family engagement, early childhood development and immigration policy. The video is available free of charge along with links to information and resources for immigrant parents. There are versions with subtitles in English and Spanish for bilingual and hearing impaired families.
Family Preparedness Plan
(Immigrant Legal Resource Center) Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. This packet will help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status.
Family Preparedness Plan
Document where parents and caregivers can list important information about themselves, their families and their children in case they have to be absent, like in the event of detention or deportation.
CLINIC Emergency Planning Guide (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc). CLINIC's Emergency Planning Guide helps you formulate an emergency plan and helps you think through steps you can take before an emergency to best protect your family.
The Rights of Lawful Permanent Residents Permanent
(Immigrant Legal Resource Center) Permanent residents continue to have all the same rights. This one-pager provides information on your rights as well as things to keep in mind if you want to travel outside the United States, have been convicted of a crime, or are eligible to naturalize to become a U.S. citizen.
Letter to Alternative Caregivers
(Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health & The University of Michigan) A letter that presents the idea of SAFE Communication to assist alternative caregivers to help the children begin to make sense of what has happened to them and offers strategies to increase the children’s sense of safety and protection.
Know Your Rights
(United We Dream) Are you prepared if Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents approach you? Download your Deportation Defense Card to Know Your Rights & Call our hotline to report ICE activity.
Federal Update - Trauma on the Border (Partners for Each and Every Child)
Education leaders, teachers, students, and families, have asked questions about guidance that was released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that limits immigration enforcement actions from occurring at schools and other “sensitive locations.” To respond to those questions, the U.S. Department of Education has worked with DHS to prepare this fact sheet, intended to help parents, families, educators, and other school staff understand the DHS guidance.
Immigration Law Help
is a searchable online directory of over 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states.
The National Immigration Project
the National Immigration Project has promoted justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and social policies related to immigration.
National Immigration Services Network
(is a joint project of the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net) To search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility. Only nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services are included in this directory.
Immigrant and Refugee Children, A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff
(United We Dream’s Dream Educational Empowerment Program, National Immigration Law Center, First Focus and the AFT) This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States.
Stress Related to Immigration Status in Students: A Brief Guide for Schools
(Created by faculty at Marquette University) This brief guide is designed to provide an overview of detention, deportation, and other immigration status-related stressors and their effects on children and families, as well as suggestions for how school personnel can support families in the context of this unique stressor.
Public Charge (National Immigration Law Center)
"Public charge" is a term by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert warning Californians to be wary of scam artists or untrained immigration consultants who prey on immigrants by falsely holding themselves out as legally qualified to assist with immigration matters. The consumer alert urges those who need help navigating the immigration process to seek assistance from licensed attorneys or legal aid organizations – not from notaries or immigration consultants. (California Department of Justice)
Rapid Response Networks (Ready California)
Changing immigration enforcement tactics and targets have unnerved many California residents. The website provides points of contact to report immigration enforcement actions.
The LIBRE Project
LIBRE is a collaborative program between the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo, Redwood City 2020, Nuestra Casa, Coastside Hope, Ravenswood School District, Redwood City School District, and the San Mateo County Human Services Agency. This collaboration works to inform low-income San Mateo County immigrant families and individuals about services that they can obtain.
This pamphlet has been written for immigrant/refugee parents who have been separated from and are about to be reunited with their children. It describes what parents might expect to see in their children’s behaviors and emotions, and how they might deal with being together again. The pamphlet may also prove useful to attorneys, paralegals, clergy, those working in shelters, and others who are involved with these families. (PsiAN Psychotherapy Action Network). In English and Spanish.
- Resources to help those caring for recently separated immigrant children. (Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health)
(Fbmarketplace.org) Tools to support the learning & development of students experiencing childhood & adolescent trauma
Care, Cope, Connect
A new resource is now available to help the growing number of families in California tackling heightened community stress. The Care, Cope, Connect resource, created by Sesame Street in Communities in collaboration with the First 5 Association of California, helps parents cope with stress and provide safety and security for their children.
"Cecilia and the Long Walk," a children's story & coloring book
(Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health) Cecilia and the Long Walk is a children's story & coloring book meant to help children understand their recent experience being separated from a parent, providing language to help organize internal confusion and terror. The story is presented as a coloring book, with version available in both English and Spanish.