Immigration 101 for Health Centers

This live event occurred on June 27, 2017. To access a copy of the recording, please register below and a streaming link will be sent to you via email.

Given the deportation threats that communities are facing under the new administration, many patients have been cancelling their medical appointments and dis-enrolling from programs, like Medi-Cal, for which they are legally eligible. For decades, community health centers have provided care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay, place of origin, or their individual circumstances. To help ease the fears in our patients and minimize the access barriers created by the national anti-immigrant rhetoric, health centers can put policies and procedures in place that protect their patients and their patient's information from immigration enforcement.

To help provide immigration resources to our members, CPCA has been leading an effort in collaboration with other state PCAs, NACHC, and immigration partners to develop materials that can help health centers prepare themselves and patients for an encounter with immigration enforcement. Through this effort CPCA collaborated with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell law firm (FTLF) to develop an FAQ that provides answers to questions that many health centers have around immigration.

In this 90-minute session FTLF will review the FAQs and present highlights of the document. The National Immigration Law Center will also provide best practices on how clinics could implement elements of the FAQs. This would include information on how to review and identify valid warrants, how to best provide patients with know your rights (KYR) information, and how to prepare clinic staff and patients for potential raids by immigration enforcement (including having a preparedness plan in place). We will also have a clinic present on its success and failures in implementing elements discussed in the FAQs. 



  • Receive tools and guidance on how to protect patients, staff, and the health center itself during an immigration enforcement raid.
  • Learn about existing policies and legal protections in place for immigrant patients and health centers.
  • Be able to extrapolate and adopt communication strategies to help empower patients be prepared for an immigration raid.
  • Acquire the necessary knowledge to develop a plan for responding to immigration enforcement actions.


  • Chief Operating Officers
  • In-House Counsel
  • Human Resource Leaders
  • Risk Managers & Compliance Leaders
  • Medical Staff Leaders
  • Any clinic staff interested in learning more


  • Nicole Bacon, Partner, Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP
  • Alvaro Huerta, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center

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Disclaimer: The information on this session is intended only to provide a general overview of the topics addressed.  This session is not intended to provide legal advice or substitute for the guidance, counsel or advice of legal counsel on any matters particular to a specific primary care clinic.

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6/27/2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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