The most important part of creating your emergency plan is to make sure you gather important information.
Gather the following documents and keep them in a safe place that is accessible to your family:
- Documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.), important contacts and resources.
- Community resources ready to access in case of an immigration related emergency.
- Legal document giving authority to your spouse or another person you choose to be able to make decisions for you.
- Example: With a signed power of attorney, your spouse could sell your car, even if the title is in your name.
- Legal document that will help you prepare for long-term separation. Consider selecting a family member or trusted friend to serve as a temporary guardian for your children.
- Form G28: This form allows you to obtain legal representation before you need it. You sign it, but a lawyer does not have to sign it at the same time. If you are arrested, the form you signed up for will make it easier for an attorney to meet with you.
Consider the following:
- Write down the family schedule that includes the time of arrival and departure from work, school and the common or usual routes that your family takes to go to work or school.
- Make a list that is in view of family and friends who can help you if any member of the family is detained.
- Have a family reunion with your partner and children and calmly explain what the real risks are to deportation, review the plan together and make sure each family member knows what they need to do in case of an emergency.
Stay informed and above all defend your rights before your family is affected!