Immigrant rights hotline debuts in South Bay

The Rapid Response Network hotline, a community defense project designed to protect immigrant families from deportation threats, has launched in Santa Clara County, a labor council said.

Community members can call the hotline 24/7 to report any immigration operations in the community and get help, according to Dianna Zamora-Marroquin of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council.

When someone calls, the dispatcher who takes the call will support the community member in asserting his or her rights, check that they are safe and dispatch trained Rapid Responders to the impacted site, Zamora-Marroquin said.

If an operation is confirmed, the Rapid Responders will conduct legal observation to prevent any abuses from immigration agents, collect evidence that might support the impacted family’s immigration case and provide moral support and accompaniment to the family, Zamora-Marroquin said.

The Rapid Response Network is a collaborative project led by Sacred Heart Community Service, Pangea Legal Services, the South Bay Labor Council, the City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations and other groups.