Know Your Rights Education for Immigrants


New York Teamsters learned about immigrants' rights when stopped by ICE


CWE has made it a priority over the last year to support immigrant New Yorkers and the organizations that serve them. In February, CWE sponsored “Know Your Rights” training sessions for union and community organizations to prepare immigrants for interactions with federal immigration agents.

On February 7th, CWE partnered with Teamsters Joint Council 16 to provide a training for union staff and officers to support the Teamsters’ “sanctuary union” initiative. Luba Cortes from Make the Road New York and Richard Blum from the Legal Aid Society presented on what union members should do when ICE agents come to their home or work, and also what the union can to protect its members in those situations.
Attendees learned how to spot the difference between a judicial and an administrative warrant and discussed techniques their members can use to assert and protect their rights. The trainers reviewed model contract language from the AFL-CIO that unions can bargain into their collective bargaining agreements to require businesses to do everything legally possible to protect their immigrant employees. 

The training was profiled in the Daily News, The Hill, and Univision.
In the coming months, CWE will be partnering with other New York unions to make the training available to their members and staff.


On February 16th, CWE and Make the Road traveled to Masjid Al-Ridwan Islamic Center in the Bronx to give an immigrant rights training to the mosque’s members. The Make the Road training program that CWE is funding has already reached over a thousand community members in the five boroughs, empowering them with knowledge of their civil rights.
If you would like to set up a training for your organization, contact Debbie Buxton at CWE: