Boston, MA – On April 26th, Mijente and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild hosted a webinar on federal investigations and prosecutions against organizers and community advocates.

Today, both parties release a guide that outlines how community-based organizations can develop a security and defense plan in the event that federal law enforcement targets leaders or staff for federal investigation and prosecution, such as smuggling, harboring, and transporting charges and related federal crimes.

“…Undocumented organizers, people who defend undocumented immigrants, and others who may face targeted immigration enforcement should have a plan for organizing and legal defense…”

Topics of the guide include:

  • Definitions of Federal Crimes
  • Assessing Threats and Vulnerabilities in Organizing Efforts
  • Elements of a Safety and Security Plan
  • Suggested Protocols in Case of Emergency
  • How to know if you are under investigation
  • What are some things to do, and not do, if federal agents interrogate you
  • What agencies may conduct the investigations

“There are new threats to defend our families and communities from, and additional risks to organizing. We hope that this can be a helpful tool for our communities to understand and navigate those threats and risks.”

Under the 45 regime, there is an increased likelihood that federal law enforcement agencies such as DOJ, ICE or FBI under the Trump Administration will retaliate against organizations in an effort to prevent our people’s democratic participation in political dissent and protests.

“The reality is that undocumented organizers, people who defend undocumented immigrants, and others who may face targeted immigration enforcement should have a plan for organizing and legal defense should the federal government prosecute them,” said Jacinta Gonzalez, Field Director at Mijente.

For Policy Director at Mijente, Tania Unzueta, “There are new threats to defend our families and communities from, and additional risks to organizing. We hope that this can be a helpful tool for our communities to understand and navigate those threats and risks.”

Download the English version of the guide »
Download the Spanish version »

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