Rapid Response Training

Attending a Rapid Response Training gives you the skills to peacefully and legally observe and record the actions of ICE agents in case of an individual’s detention or deportation. Working as part of a team, you help gather information that could prove valuable in asserting an immigrant’s legal rights in court.

Responders don’t confront ICE. Our power flows from exercising our First Amendment rights to observe and record their activities from public spaces.

Our Rapid Response system consists of the following:

  1. 24-Hour Monterey County Hotline:  Our number is 831-643-5225.
    We ask that individuals use the line 
    only to report ICE activity. 

    Santa Cruz County also has a hotline at 831-239-4289. Many counties throughout Northern California are setting up hotlines and are working together to share information and resources to help in deportation defense.

    We encourage people to call even if ICE has already come and gone, so we can gather information while it is fresh and provide what we learn to the responding lawyer.

  2. ICE Verification:  When the on-call dispatcher takes a hotline call reporting ICE activity, she or he gathers the caller’s information and requests a photo of the scene, if that’s possible. Then, an initial team of volunteers is dispatched to verify that the incident is real and that the law enforcement agency is ICE rather than local police. Verification is an important component of our work. It helps dispel false alarms and rumors that abound when a community is fearful.
  3. Legal Documentation:  In the case of verified ICE activity, Rapid Response volunteers observe and document the actions of ICE agents using video, written notes, and a coordinated team approach. Resulting evidence may be used in the detainee’s legal defense.

  4. Follow-up Support Services:  Limited referrals and support services are available to family members who may be left behind when a family member is detained or deported.

The Rapid Response Training provides you with an understanding of:

Current ICE activity, tactics and strategies

County hotline operation

What to look for and document at a detention scene

Rights & risks of legal observers

Legal and other resources available to families if a loved one is taken

Once you’re trained, you can join this critical network and receive mobile alerts when an ICE detention or raid is happening in your area. You can choose either to actively respond as a legal observer or volunteer to provide post-detention support for the family.

The dates of the upcoming “Rapid Response Trainings” will be announced on this page.

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.

Noam Chomsky