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CALA-Activism Support Programs

CALA will provide free legal assistance to any activist facing collateral consequences for their activism work. This includes defending you against any criminal or disciplinary proceedings, but it could also be helping you avoid retaliatory eviction or obtain a lost wages for being terminated from a job due to your activism.

If you are an activist with legal needs related to your activism, please email cala@calachicago.org.

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CALA - Immigration Helpline

CALA provides a free helpline to any immigrant caller without access to an attorney. Every caller will receive a free immigration screening and legal consultation. The helpline operates both in English and Spanish and will be regularly checked every weekday. All calls will be returned for a free immigration screening within 7 days.

One panicked woman called because ICE agents had knocked on her door that morning and took her husband with no explanation after asking to see his ID. At the time of the call she had no idea where he was or how to contact him.

Another caller asked how she could protect her two special needs children from deportation if the threat arose. She was also interested in how she could begin to pay taxes. 

We receive countless calls from scared people whose time is limited. Some have received a letter from ICE, while others hear from their neighbors that the police are looking for them. The CALA Helpline exists to answer their questions and provide support for individuals and families who don't know where else to turn. 

Please donate to support the CALA Helpline:

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CALA - Know Your Rights Workshops

CALA provides Know Your Rights Workshops to its communities. These Workshops discuss what to do when you come in contact with immigration and police officers, current updates/changes to immigration law and policies, and also how to prepare 'emergency kits'  for families who may be at risk of deportation.

 

To request a Know Your Rights Workshop please contact Deanne Medina at deanne@calachicago.org

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CALA - Family Emergency Preparedness Workshops

CALA also has Family Emergency Preparedness Workshops for immigrant families. Those who participate will receive assistance to help prepare documents that will protect their children and property in case of an emergency, including short-term guardianships, power of attorneys, and safety plans.

To request a Family Emergency Preparedness Workshop please contact Lam Nguyen at lam@calachicago.org.

 

 

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CALA - Community Legal Education Or Outreach Workshops

CALA's Community Legal Education programs are meant to teach an organization's members, staff, or community participants about their legal rights, the legal system and legal processes, and how to strategically engage with the law. CALA will work with you to develop a community legal education workshop that meets the particular needs of your organization and advances your broader social change goals.

If you are interested in CALA presenting a Community Legal Education or Outreach Workshop program for your organization/community, please email cala@calachicago.org

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