Network Activation and Assistance


Given the recent threats of  large scale ICE raids, the Northern California Rapid Immigration Response Network (NCRRN) is preparing to coordinate with local networks on an emergency basis, even as we put more permanent protocols in place. 

Our network hopes to serve support and coordinate with local rapid response networks in Northern California. At this time, the network cannot guarantee that an attorney will be deployed to respond to all requests for assistance, however we will attempt to respond to all inquiries as they arise.

In order to facilitate this process, we ask that local networks observe the following protocol:
If an individual is picked up in your community, please verify that an enforcement action has taken place and complete an intake using the following intake sheet.

  1.  If your network does not have an attorney activation component, please send the completed intake to the NCRRN coordinator housed at the JDC
  2. If your network does not have an attorney activation component, please send the completed intake to the NCRRN coordinator housed at the JDC. If your network has attorney activation, please activate the local attorney network and contact the NCRRN for additional support.
  3. If you do not belong to a local network, please contact the NCRRN directly with as much information as you have about the case.

Please refer to the flow chart below for a visual representation of these various scenarios:

Once the intake has been completed, please send that intake to the attorney coordinator, Hamid Yazdan Panah who is currently housed at the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC), at hpanah at sfbar.org. Based on the intake information, the attorney coordinator can follow up with next steps including activating a rapid response attorney, finding out where the individual is housed, and sharing information about next steps with family members.  At this time the NCRRN remains dependent on volunteer attorneys and the cooperation of local networks, therefore attorney activation is not always possible in every situation.

We ask that local networks look out for any misconduct by ICE or its officers in the course of enforcement actions. We have included questions in the intake form to help identify abusive tactics, such as unlawful entry and searches, excessive use of force, and collateral arrests. This information should be documented if possible during raid verification. If your network is aware of ICE abuse, misconduct or due process violations, please contact Hamid or Araceli Martínez-Olguín at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, at amartinez-olguin at clsepa.org.Please be prepared to follow up with family members as the regional network locates and verifies information about the enforcement action.  We may request your help in obtaining further information from family or local community members.

Please contact the attorney coordinator for the network Hamid Yazdan at hpanah at sfbar.org if you have additional questions