Know Your Rights

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a “Know Your Rights” public awareness campaign that provides resources and materials to immigrants, consulate offices and non-profit organizations to educate immigrants on their constitutional rights in the wake of recent federal executive actions on immigration enforcement and so-called sanctuary cities. In addition to the information, a pocket-sized guide is intended to help immigrants living in Illinois understand their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement. “Every Illinois resident has constitutional rights regardless of their citizenship or immigration status,” Madigan said. “It is critical that all Illinois residents know their rights when they encounter law enforcement. I encourage people to read and carry a Know Your Rights card with them in case they are approached by authorities.” Madigan created the “Know Your Rights” materials as immigration arrests increase under the current Administration. Earlier this month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported that federal immigration agents are arresting more than 400 immigrants a day, with the most drastic increase in arrests among immigrants who have never been convicted of a crime. Last month, Madigan filed a lawsuit against a Joliet woman operating a fake immigration services business that stole thousands of dollars from local residents. If you believe you have been a victim of an immigration services fraud, you can file a complaint with Madigan’s office or contact her Consumer Fraud Hotlines:

1-800-386-5438 (Chicago)

Spanish Language Hotline: 1-866-310-8398

The Attorney General’s Office does not request information about immigration or citizenship status from anyone who contacts the office or files a complaint. Attorney General Madigan encourages individuals to contact her office to report instances of discrimination or harassment by calling her Civil Rights Hotline at 1-877-581-3692.

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