We are in uncertain times. Many families are living in fear that they may be tore apart based on their immigration status, religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status. This stress can add to or exacerbate the stress that many women experience in the perinatal period. As providers, community members and friends to those most targeted by government action we must be aware of these vulnerabilities and stressors and, whenever possible, offer support and assistance. Below is a list of resources and suggestions that we have compiled that may assist you in finding help for yourself or others.
Know Your Rights Resources
Everyone who lives in the United States has rights under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of status. Below are links to summaries of rights provided by a variety of legal and social justice organizations.
- LA Best Babies Network's Health Care and Legal Resources for Immigrant Families
- National Immigration Law Center’s Know Your Rights (English)
- National Immigration Law Center’s Know Your Rights (Spanish)
- National Immigration Law Center’s list of resources related to your rights during raids
- Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Know Your Rights Pocket Guide
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center has created small cards that individuals can carry with them to help them assert their rights and defend against Constitutional violations:
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center's List of Community Resources
- United We Dream’s multi-language information cards about rights during immigration raids
- American Academy of Pediatrics' Immigrant Child Health Toolkit
Where To Go For Help
Many organizations, both local and national, are stepping up to help immigrants and their families for no or low cost. Below is a list of local groups or search engines you can use to find help near you.
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Right of Los Angeles
- Catholic Charities USA
- Advancing Justice LA
- Searchable directory of low-cost immigration law help
- Administrative Relief Resource Center tool to find legal resources by zip code
- American Immigration Lawyers Association’s online directory
- The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild online find-a-lawyer tool
- File a civil rights incident report with the Council on American-Islamic Relations
Many in the LGBTQ community are feeling targeted now by both the government and their immediate communities. Below are some resources and hotlines you can use to find help.
- Human Rights Campaign
- The Trevor Project: The nation’s only 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ people ages 13 to 24. Call 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or use Trevor Chat, the Trevor Project's online messaging service.
- Youth Talkline at 1-800-246-PRIDE (800-246-7743)
- Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860
- The GLBT National Help Center at 1-888-THE-GLNH (888-843-4564)
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
- It Gets Better
Techniques for Reducing Stress
- Talk to your baby, in and out of the womb. Say "I love you and will keep you safe."
- Practice stress relieving activities that work for you - be with friends, exercise, take part in pleasurable activities.
- Practice calming exercises such as mindfulness or deep breathing.
- Rests when your baby rests.
- Don't abandone self-care, however overwhelmed you may feel.
Here are some messages that providers may consider when communicating with families.
- We do not care about your immigration status, will not ask about it, and are here to help you.
- You do have rights and resources. It's important to know them.
- We are here to support you in keeping your family together.
- We care about the health and well-being of your family.