West Papuan Legal Clinic

At the end of 2021, we announced the launch of our West Papuan Legal Fund, meant to help aid in the plight of our West Papuan siblings who continue to labor against the threats of systemic violence, corporate-lead environmental destruction and colonial occupation of a foreign nation over Pasifika Indigenous lands. As a wider Pasifika family, we know too well the brutalities of colonialism that has led to the destruction of our Ocean and our island homes. We are organizing now to answer the call for help from our West Papuan siblings, as well as our wider undocumented Pasifika communities seeking support.

On a monthly basis, we offer a free online legal clinic with a low-bono immigration lawyer to support our West Papuan siblings and wider undocumented Pasifika communities in discussing steps and seeking support for their immigration journeys.

If you are in need of immigration legal support, please reach out to us for more information on attending these Zoom clinic sessions at:

Know Your Rights

If any government official (identifying themselves as a police offier, FBI agent, or immigration agent like ICE or CBP) wishes to engage you in conversation, all persons, citizens and non-citizens, have the constitutional right to remain silent and request a lawyer.
  • You have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status with police, immigration agents, or other officials. Anything you tell an officer can later be used against you in immigration court.
  • If one of these officials wishes to ask you questions, even if it is about a suspected crime, you have the right to tell the officer: “I wish to remain silent; I want to speak to a lawyer.”
  • You do not have to say anything else, and do not sign anything.

If police, FBI or Immigration agents come to your home, you have the right to refuse them entry, unless they produce a warrant signed by a judge.

  • They must have a judicial warrant (an official court document, which generally has a specific court designation and is signed by a judge). If they do not, you do not have to let them into your home.
  • You have the right to not open the door, unless they show you a judicial warrant with your name.
  • You have the right to say “I do not consent to you entering my home. I do not want to talk to you until I have spoken to a lawyer.”

You have the right to speak to an attorney before answering any questions, consenting to a search, or handing over or signing any documents (you should NEVER sign documents without first speaking to an immigration attorney).

  • They safest thing to do is to say you do not want to talk, ask to speak with your lawyer, and remain silent.
  • It is a crime to lie to a federal official or other law enforcement officer, about anything. It is much safer to say that you do not want to talk, and then remain silent until you contact a lawyer.

For more information on immigrants' rights, check out: