National Lawyers Guild Releases Urdu, Bengali Know Your Rights Guides

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has continued its response to the targeting of Muslim Americans for extralegal surveillance, entrapment, and heavy-handed prosecution by translating its essential Know Your Rights booklet into Urdu and Bengali.

These new versions join a recent Arabic translation in the NLG’s growing supply of educational materials meant to safeguard the rights of United States residents against a law enforcement apparatus run amok.

The booklets are available for free download on the NLG website at A print version will be available soon. Community groups may request advance copies by emailing Mass Defense Coordinator Abi Hassen at

The NLG was established to provide legal support to social movements and marginalized communities, and it has maintained that role from the Red Scare through Occupy Wall Street, distributing hundreds of thousands of educational Know Your Rights publications since the 1980s.

The NLG advises anyone visited by the FBI to assert her or his right to remain silent, to obtain the agents’ business cards, and to state clearly that s/he will have an attorney make follow-up contact.

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1937 and is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar association in the United States. The Guild's headquarters are in New York City and it has chapters in every state.