Know Your Rights

Update (10/11/19): A Judge in New York has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction which stops the Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge” regulation from going into effect. This is a victory for immigrant families. The legal fight will continue, but for now, the rules in the United States have not changed. We will be updating this website in the coming days to reflect this

The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign is dedicated to providing more community-facing materials on public charge to help better equip immigrants with what they need to know to make the best decision for themselves and for their families. Advocates and service providers can find more material on our Special Resources for Advocates and Service Providers page. Resources in languages other than English are below. 

For People Working with Immigrant Families:

Let’s Talk About Public Charge Updated August 2019* 
(Learn more about what ‘public charge’ is and how we can talk about these changes with immigrants PIF)

Getting the Help You Need Updated September 2019*
(See how ‘public charge’ will impact you based on your immigration status, and what you should do – PIF)

You Have Rights – Protect Your Health
(An overview for mixed-status families when it come to going to the doctor or enrolling in health insurance – PIF)

Should I Keep My Kids Enrolled in Health & Nutrition Programs? Updated October 2019*
(Use this guide to help answer commonly asked questions about how to make good decisions for your family and their health – PIF)

State Public Benefits Charts and Interactive Map of Benefits Eligibility
(Resource for immigrant advocates, health service providers, and legal service providers – Developed by the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project)

A Guide to Creating “Safe Space” Policies for Early Childhood Programs
(Resource for early childhood programs and advocacy organizations – Developed by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP))

Fee Waiver Community Alert
(Learn about changes to the fee waiver process for immigration applications and how to apply for a waiver – Developed by Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC))

Train the Trainer: Public Charge
(Resource for advocates and services providers: Public charge, benefits, and KYR training modules for organizations and communities (CPCA)

Public Charge Outreach Toolkit
(A toolkit for advocates to assist education and outreach workers presenting information to community members (ILRC))

Counseling Clients on Public Charge and Public Benefits
(Resource for immigration attorneys – Developed by New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC))

Screening Tool and Attorney Referral Information
(Resource for community-based social services and advocacy organizations – Developed by Legal Aid Society, Empire Justice Center and Make The Road – New York)

Resources in Languages Other than English

Let’s Talk About Public Charge | Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese (PIF) Updated August 2019* 
Getting the Help You Need | Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, French (PIF) Updated September 2019*
You Have Rights: Protect Your Health | Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese (PIF)
Fee Waiver Community Alert | Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean (ILRC)