Interactions With the Law

Know Your Rights

On the street, at protests, when an agent comes to your door:

Open warrants, expungement of previous convictions (clearing your record)

NY: Criminal Justice: Rap Sheet Resources – How to Get, Correct, and Seal Criminal Records (Legal Action Center)


  • Muslim Justice League hotline for free representation when contacted by FBI – (857) 256-1310
  • CUNY CLEAR – Clinic at CUNY Law School that offers legal advice and representation to Muslim, Arab, and South Asian people who have been affected by national security and counterterrorism policies (including questioning by police/government agents and surveillance) – CLEAR Project, Main Street Legal Services, Inc., 2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 340-4558, Email:
  • Immigrant Defense Project Criminal-Immigration Helpline – 212-725-6422

Documenting Police Behavior

If you have a smartphone consider the ACLU police conduct app. It gets video of police encounters you record straight to the ACLU. It can also alert other users nearby to come serve as additional witnesses.

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