by Melinda Mellado and Katarina Machmer
by Luz Fajardo
by Celina Rodriquez & Liseth Benavidez
Many immigrants do not know their rights. Here is a link to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Link Here
“All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The ILRC’s Red Cards help people assert their rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home.”
You have constitutional rights:
• DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR if an immigration agent is
knocking on the door.
• DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS from an
immigration agent if they try to talk to you. You have the
right to remain silent.
• DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING without first speaking to a
lawyer. You have the right to speak with a lawyer.
• If you are outside of your home, ask the agent if you are
free to leave and if they say yes, leave calmly.
• GIVE THIS CARD TO THE AGENT. If you are inside of
your home, show the card through the window or slide it
under the door
I do not wish to speak with you, answer your questions,
or sign or hand you any documents based on my 5th
Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.
I do not give you permission to enter my home based
on my 4th Amendment rights under the United States
Constitution unless you have a warrant to enter, signed
by a judge or magistrate with my name on it that you slide
under the door.
I do not give you permission to search any of my
belongings based on my 4th Amendment rights.
I choose to exercise my constitutional rights.
These cards are available to citizens and noncitizens alike.
by Jose Medrano
After dealing with depression for a few years, I decided Spring of 2017 that I would finally make the effort to see a therapist.
I was tired of dealing with feelings of self-loathing and losing my sense of self. However, this might have been a little easier said than done. When my local clinic first referred me to a therapist, the therapist had a ridiculously limited schedule which didn’t work well with my school schedule, so I was not able to ever have a meeting with him. Later that Summer, I went to another clinic that accepted my insurance and covered mental health services. Unfortunately at that clinic, my first appointment was mailed to me without any prior discussion, and it also conflicted with my school schedule.
When I tried to call them to reschedule, they would never answer regardless of what day or time of the week I called. I was also too busy to go in to the clinic myself because of school. This past February, I brought up this struggle to my doctor, and she assigned me a case worker who made it their priority to find me a good therapist. Within one week of talking to my doctor, I was reached out to and was able to schedule my therapy at a convenient time for me. Of course, I was a little bit nervous to finally begin such a major step towards good mental health, but it’s a step that many of us need to take.
I sat down with my therapist, JC, and asked him a few questions about why therapy is important to him and how he feels he is making a difference as a therapist.