Building trust between law enforcement and the communities they protect is critical to creating a safe environment for all residents. When immigrants and refugees do not trust or believe they are afforded the protections of law enforcement, not only do local crimes go unreported, but new arrivals never fully feel a part of their community.
Fostering positive relationships, breaking preconceived notions, and clarifying the duties and responsibilities of local law enforcement is imperative for increasing overall public safety. Which is why the City of Atlanta is committed to expanding services and protections for our immigrants and refugees by taking steps such as increasing multicultural and multilingual support within the Atlanta Police Department and addressing immigration services assistance fraud (such as notario fraud) to earn the trust of our new arrivals and create a safer community for all Atlantans.
- Increasing Multilingual Support in the Atlanta Police Department
- Combating Immigration Services Assistance Fraud
- Code Enforcement
- Emergency Preparedness
Atlanta Police Department Multicultural Liaison Unit
The Multicultural Liaison Unit in the Atlanta Police Department has launched during Atlanta’s Welcoming Week. The creation of this unit was one of the Public Safety recommendations presented to Mayor Reed by the Welcoming Atlanta Working Group in 2014. Officers speaking ten different languages were recruited to be a part of the unit. Languages spoken by the unit include: English, Spanish, Thai, Korean, Haitian Creole, French, Tagalog (Filipino), Patwa, Italian, and Portuguese.
The unit will work in a close partnership with Welcoming Atlanta and they will meet bi-monthly to discuss goals, strategies, and outcomes. If you would like to request assistance from the Multicultural Liaison Unit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (404) 546-6831. You may also directly contact Officer Miguel Lugo at email@example.com.
Know Your Rights
The Atlanta Police Department, in collaboration with the Multicultural Liaison Unit, has released a publication with basic information on the rights and responsibilities of citizens and particularly of motor vehicle drivers, and how they should interact with police officers when pulled over for a traffic stop. The pamphlet has been published initially in English and Spanish, and it will be translated into other languages in the future.
Click HERE for a printable copy of the pamphlet in English.
Click HERE for a printable copy of the pamphlet in Spanish.
Notario fraud is defined by the American Bar Association as “individuals who represent themselves as qualified to offer legal advice or services concerning immigration or other matters of law, who have no such qualification, and routinely victimize members of immigrant communities.”
The work performed by these individuals has no legal validity and often creates a series of problems for the people who use their services. Missed deadlines, filing of incorrect forms, and making false claims with the government are some of the consequences of using non-legal representation for immigration procedures.
The City of Atlanta is currently working on legislation to investigate and prosecute individuals who prey on immigrants.
For more information on “notario fraud”, please visit the American Bar Association’s website.
ILRC has produced comic books designed to educate the public about the dangers of immigration fraud. These books provide people with information, referrals and other support to deal with some of the most common types of immigration fraud scams.
Click HERE to read more about the ILRC’s anti-fraud comics.
Why is this information important?
Immigrants and their families need to be very careful when seeking out help with their immigration papers. Too often immigrants and their families are victimized by dishonest and unscrupulous immigration service providers who promise their clients a green card and then steal money, and, even worse, sometimes get them deported.
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- Decayed/damaged leaking roofs;
- Holes in flooring (both inside and out);
- Broken window glass;
- Flaking/peeling paint;
- Units not supplied with water or adequate heat;
- Rodent infestation or unsanitary conditions;
- Electrical hazards; and
- Numerous other deficiencies which render properties substandard or unsafe to its occupants or the general public
- Overgrown, littered vacant lots;
- Junk/inoperative vehicles; and the
- Elimination of hazardous conditions presented by open/vacant structures and dilapidated buildings.
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