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As political fear and tension rise among our communities, many educators face threats on many fronts through executive orders signed by the president, along with his cabinet nominees, including Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

Each shield represents an area affected by the current political climate and its related resources for our members, community and parents to access

CHIRLA Video: Know Your Rights

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CLICK TO WATCH Know Your Rights!, produced by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A., shows you your rights in case of a raid by immigration authorities or a police intervention. To order a high quality, full-length version of this film with subtitles and dubbing copy of DVD for classroom or business use, go to chirla dot org.

Visit or call 888.624.4752 (CHIRLA)

Immigration, Detention & Deportation


United Teachers Los Angeles stands proudly with our students and communities in the fight against hate and in support of racial justice and immigrant rights. We believe students should join their communities in expressing themselves through peaceful protests.

Political fear and tension has caused many educators to have difficult conversations with their students about future immigration policy and how it might affect them and their families. UTLA has put together the below resources that may assist with some questions our members might have regarding this issue.

DACA & DREAMers Advisory

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Now that it is confirmed President Trump has rescinded DACA. Here are some resources for you to note.

Immigration Resources Presentation

Originally, this slide show was presented at the citywide Chapter Chair meeting on January 5 & 12, 2017 by the UTLA Parent & Community Organizing team. Has been updated for March 2 forum.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

NDLON is the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

NDLON Website

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Teaching Tolerance Website

ICE Raid Resources

Educator information below to share with students and parents.

Discussing the Election with Students

Teaching Tolerance — We urge you to provide comfort and space for these discussions, and encourage you to go to the following website — — and the websites of our affiliates, AFTNEACFT, and CTA, for more ideas on how to discuss the elections with young people. We are here for you in your crucial work.

Additional Resources to Draw From

United We Dream Educational Empowerment Program, the National Immigration Law Center, First Focus & the AFT

This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are often the first individuals a student and/or family comes out to as undocumented. Moreover, they are often the first ones to witness the impact of increased enforcement measures on students and their families. It’s critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.

  • iAmerica is a source of empowerment for American immigrant families of all walks of life, providing the tools and support to be informed, inspire change and impact America’s future. Visit their website at


Download a 32-page guide on deportations for Educators & School Support Staff (Published June 2016)

A 32-page guide on deportations by the AFT, United We Dream Empowerment Program, National Immigration Law Center & First Focus

Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History

Information by the Zinn Education Project

No doubt, still reeling from this poisonous election, it is hard to be hopeful. But we invite you to draw on curriculum at the Zinn Education Project to help your students make sense of this new context. We include lessons —some highlighted below — that:

NEA Resource

Privatizing Education


United Teachers Los Angeles joins NEA and AFT in denouncing President Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary as an unqualified candidate to lead educators. She has been tied to funding anti-union campaigns and promoting charter schools through private school voucher programs. 

Video courtesy: Sarah Parnass, Osman Malik/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.

Video courtesy: Sarah Parnass, Osman Malik/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.