Community members are urged to ensure their civil rights are protected by seeking the advice of an attorney before speaking with FBI agents.

August 9, 2017 — CAIR-LA has received reports of community members being asked to meet with FBI agents and submit to questioning. CAIR-LA advises that community members should seek the advice of an attorney or request that an attorney be present before agreeing to any questioning. If you are approached by the FBI for questioning, please take a moment to know your rights:

  • Do not speak with FBI agents without a lawyer, and do not let them inside your home unless they show you a search warrant signed by a judge.
  • If they visit you, ask them to give you their business card. Take the card, and tell them that you will have a lawyer contact them.
  • Call the CAIR-LA Civil Rights Department at 714.776.1177, or email us at to speak to an attorney.
  • You should never provide false information to any law enforcement agency. Lying to law enforcement agents under any circumstance is a federal crime.

Download the Know Your Rights one-pager here.