Everyone within the United States has rights under the Constitution, regardless of their immigration status. LYRIC is dedicated to teaching about those rights most important in police encounters, which come from the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments. How to exercise those rights is summed up on our Give ‘Em Five cards, which provide youth with five phrases to use in police encounters:
- ¿Soy libre de irme? (Si es así, caminar con cuidado.)
Quiero permanecer en silencio.
Quiero un abogado.
Quiero mi madre o padre.
No doy permiso que Ud. me revise a mí o mis cosas.
- Am I free to leave? (If so, carefully walk away.)
I want to remain silent.
I want a lawyer.
I want my parent.
I do not consent to you searching me or my stuff.
If you are a teacher or school administrator in Colorado whose students are interested in learning more about their Constitutional rights, schedule a LYRIC presentation! If your students are particularly interested in immigration issues, please indicate this in the “Additional Notes and Comments” box and we will do our best to match you with a volunteer who has experience in immigration law.
Additional immigration Resources:
American Civil Liberties Union provides additional videos, details, and resources to learn more about what to do if ICE approaches you.
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) provides free legal help to adults in immigration detention and to immigrant children who have suffered abuse, neglect, or violence. Their website has a list of free or low-cost immigration law services available in Colorado.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. They fight deportations, provide guidance and advocacy toolkits for undocumented youth, and run a hotline to report immigration enforcement activity.