Why “Know Your Rights”?
The rights created under the United States Constitution apply to every person in the United States. Everyone can benefit from learning to assert and protect their civil rights. However, there is a particular need for people engaged in political advocacy or social justice movements to learn and apply these skills.
Knowing your rights minimizes the likelihood of unwanted entanglement in the legal system and positions you for the best possible outcome if a legal issue does arise. Unwanted legal issues are draining of time, resources, and the energy of organizations engaged in political advocacy--knowing your rights is a tool to protect yourself and your community.
The National Lawyers Guild’s Know Your Rights trainings teach people how to protect their federally-granted constitutional rights during encounters with law enforcement officers. Training sessions are typically around one hour.
• what to do if law enforcement want to question you or search you;
• what rights do you have during different stages of interaction with law enforcement;
• whether it is legal to film law enforcement in Washington;
• what to do if you have a negative experience with a law enforcement officer.
These trainings are presented by experienced attorneys to help people assert their federally-granted civil rights and interact with law enforcement with confidence. Although the trainings pertain to common legal issues, the trainings are not intended as legal advice and do not establish an attorney-client relationship.