One Anti-Racist Action You Can Take Today: Know Your Rights – Overview

One Anti-Racist Action You Can Take Today: Know Your Rights – Overview

By Guimel DeCarvalho

Vice President of People & Culture and Chief Diversity Officer

Our country is going through major unrest due to the global pandemic, political climate and awakening around racism and homophobia. It’s a time of great anxiety for many which is why it’s important that we educate ourselves about our rights at the voting booth, in a protest, or when facing deportation, harassment or racial profiling. There are also rights for same-sex partners who want to adopt, victims of hate crimes and those needing access to healthcare, food and emergency housing.

Information is power and being informed about the law and legal protections will remove any barriers to getting the help you need. Below is a list of resources and information about rights and legal protections.


Legal aid resources:

Pro-bono legal resources – The below can be found on the FAQ at

  • The Legal Resource Finder. The Legal Resource Finder will help you find out whether there is a legal aid program that might be able to help you with your legal problem. It will also give you links to information that will help you to learn more about your legal issue. The LRF only includes information about civil – not criminal – issues.

If you want to hire a lawyer for a criminal, personal injury, worker’s compensation, or other type of case, see this list of lawyer referral services. You can get legal information at:

Other Kinds of Help

Domestic Violence:

  • Call SafeLink at 1-877-785-2020. Callers to SafeLink receive confidential “help at the end of the line” 24 hours a day, every day of the year.” SafeLink’s specially trained advocates provide support in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and have access to TTY (877-521-2601) and translation services through on-call specialists at the ATT Language Line. That resource can provide simultaneous interpretation in over 140 languages, giving SafeLink the capacity to respond to most callers in their native language.

For Seniors:

Child Abuse or Neglect:

Abuse or Neglect of Persons with Disabilities:

Disaster Assistance:

Food banks:

Education rights:

Constituent services:

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