Know Your Rights Guides

Stop Unfair Treatment of Chinese American Academics and Scientists. Be Safe: Consult an Attorney. 

If you are approached for a “voluntary interview” by investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or any other law enforcement agency, you have rights. 

Know Your Rights When Traveling Abroad

Chinese Americans have been and continue to be unfairly scrutinized when traveling abroad. At the border, the United States (U.S.) government has broad authority to stop and search travelers, even if there is no reason to think the person did anything wrong. Fortunately, we have rights at the border; this guide is designed to help you learn what they are and learn how to use them. 

If you have questions, or to report an encounter with the FBI, CBP or an example of racial profiling, please contact Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus attorneys Christina Sinha, and (415) 848-7733, or Elica Vafaie, and (415) 848-7711. Your request for legal advice will be privileged and confidential. If you would like Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) language assistance, please call (415) 896-1701. 



Have you or your family been unexpectedly approached by federal law enforcement (e.g. FBI)?

To report your experience, or for free, confidential legal assistance, please contact an attorney at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. All information will be kept strictly confidential. 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice1 (Advancing Justice) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), leading legal organizations dedicated to protecting the civil rights and liberties of Asian and Pacific Islander communities, are coordinating a request for stories from Chinese Americans (regardless of citizenship status).

After a number of high profile cases involving Chinese Americans who were unjustly arrested or investigated for national security or espionage (spying)-related charges (e.g. Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, etc.), we are providing a strictly confidential environment for Chinese Americans to share their experiences with law enforcement and/or seek free legal assistance. 

To report your experience, or for free, confidential legal assistance, please contact Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus attorney Christina Sinha at (415) 848-7733 or at For more information about our work, visit