ACLU Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California works with communities to make sure people are informed about their rights. When you know what the law says, you can better protect yourself, your family, and your community.

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ICE at Door
What to do if ICE confronts you Do NOT open your door. ICE can’t come into your home unless they have a signed search warrant or you let them in. If officers are at your door, ask them to pass the warrant under the door before you open it. An arrest... Read more
students experiencing homelessness know your rights
What educational rights do I have if I am experiencing homelessness? If you are experiencing homelessness, you have many educational rights, including: You have a right to attend your “school of best interest,” which could be: a) the school you... Read more
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These sex education resources help parents and community members to understand the law and advocate for medically accurate sex-ed that complies with California law. Read more
Pass on the knowledge! #CAHealthyYouth
At a time of national reckoning over sexual harassment and assault and an increase in bias incidents against LGBTQ people, it’s more important than ever that young people receive sex education that teaches them about healthy relationships, consent,... Read more
The Traveler's Bill of Rights
Now more than ever, it's important to know your basic constitutional rights when entering the United States from abroad. If you believe any of your rights were violated or wish to report mistreatment at an airport or land Port of Entry in California... Read more
My School My Rights - Know Your Rights
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My School My Rights - Know Your Rights
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