We know that it may not always feel or be safe to stand up for your rights. But it is still important to know what they are, even if they may not be protected or recognized by the government at all times.
Learn about your rights when seeking medical care, or if you are contacted by police, immigration, or child protective services (CPS).
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Your Rights When Contacted by the Police
It can be scary when the police contact you, and it may be hard to remember all your rights. The most important thing to keep in mind is:
Don’t talk to cops. If the police say you are free to go, you have the right to leave. If the police say you cannot leave, you are under arrest and have the right to remain silent.
Your Rights When Contacted by Immigration
If you are undocumented or a non-U.S. citizen, coming into contact with immigration can be stressful and frightening. But no matter your immigration status, you still have rights. For example:
If there is an immigration agent outside your home, you do not have to open the door or answer any questions. You have the right to remain silent.
Your Rights When Contacted by Child Protective Services (CPS)
It is overwhelming and traumatizing to be told that you are being investigated for abuse or neglect of your children. Everything you say and do can be documented, so keep in mind:
You have the right to know why you are being investigated. Ask what the allegations (what CPS says happened) are before answering any questions. You may be able to talk to a lawyer before talking to CPS too.
Your Rights When Seeking Medical Care
You may be worried about what can happen if you need medical care when you are pregnant or after a pregnancy loss. Remember:
You have the right to understand and agree to your treatment. And you get to decide what information about your health you want to share with a health care provider.