Know Your Rights

Our updated Know Your Rights booklet is a more comprehensive version of our classic pamphlet, with more information for protesters at higher risk of being targeted by law enforcement. This resource is best to use in advance of an action or demonstration, to give you the kinds of information that will help you know your rights and risks. Because it is much longer than the original version, it may take longer to read.

This booklet was created by the National Lawyers Guild, in collaboration with the National Police Accountability Project, National Immigration Project of the NLG, and the Know Your Rights Camp, with material from the NLG Disability Justice Committee, NLG Mass Defense Committee, and NLG law student members.

You can open the full PDF by clicking the cover image next to the text, or at this link.

Know Your Rights: A Guide for Protesters

Classic KYR Booklets

These pocket-sized know-your-rights (KYR) booklets are designed to be a practical resource for people dealing with law enforcement. The 16-page primer advises people of their rights when confronted by FBI agents or the Department of Homeland Security. It also includes information for noncitizens and minors. These booklets are available for free download below. Printed booklets (in English, Spanish, Arabic) can be obtained by going to nlg.org/kyrbooklets.

We also have a KYR guide during COVID-19, produced in collaboration with Vision Change Win. It is a living document, and continues to be updated.

KYR: COVID-19

KYR English

KYR Spanish

KYR Arabic

KYR Bengali

KYR Urdu

KYR Persian (Farsi)

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