TRAINING: Rapid Response for Immigrants

Tuesday, June 27, 6-8pm

Organized by TC Immigrant Rights Coalition

Location: First Baptist Church (in DeWitt Park) 309 N Cayuga St, Ithaca

Free and open to those who want to participate in Rapid Response Network in the Ithaca Area.

Hi everyone,

The TC Immigrant Rights Coalition is having a second training for Rapid Response, this time run by us (TCIRC) but based on the model presented in the first training done by CNY Workers’ Center. We’d like to invite you to participate: the training will happen on Tue June 27th, 6-8pm, location TBD.

Below is a description of the Rapid Response Network for Immigrants, which was set up as a way for community members to show up to document as best as possible in the event of ICE presence, arrests, and detentions in town.  We also hope to build relationships, and strengthen or work on trust.

Since our last RR training, we have

  • set up an RR network,
  • established a hotline,
  • developed working groups for the roles required for the network, and
  • set up a workshop for Legal Observers.

We hope to do a test/run-through of rapid response likely in mid-July; so we would like to have more people join, and particularly for key roles such as:

  • Multi-lingual or bi-lingual operators of RR hotline (Chinese/Mandarin and others, Burmese, Thai, other Asian languages; French; African languages. We have several folks covering Spanish, Portuguese, German, some French, but welcome more).
  • Legal Observers who can go through trainings in July (more info. at training),
  • Media team (including social media),
  • Outreach team to inform immigrants and other community members about the network.

The training will include a discussion of goals and reasons for RR network as well as its process and what the roles entail.  There will be opportunity for discussion of the roles, and a short role-play to a specific scenario, to familiarize folks with the RR process. Resource packets will be distributed to participants.

There will be opportunity for people to sign up for the RR team and download the app we are using, if so desired. We are getting the outreach cards/fliers ready with information about the RR network so people can be familiar with it and the other work done by the TCIRC (

We know some of you are especially in contact with community members or students who can help or would like to be engaged, so please spread the word about the TRAINING.

If you KNOW that you’d like to be in the RR team, please come 15 minutes early to fill the sign up form for RR.

Let us know if you have gotten responses, too, as that will help us reach out to more or less people as we gauge the interest in the next few days before the training.

more information here: