Our Superintendent’s Message about Protecting our Immigrant Families and Educating All Children

Our Superintendent’s Message about Protecting our Immigrant Families and Educating All Children

Dear HPS Families, Colleagues, Partners, and Friends:


Ensuring that our schools are safe places for students, staff, and visitors is our highest priority. We want every student participating in our Early Start, Credit Recovery, and Summer Bridge programs to be present and ready to learn in a safe environment.


The recent reports of potential sweeps by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are concerning and may create anxiety among students, families, and communities. We will continue to protect the rights of all we serve, regardless of their immigration status.


Our mission is to inspire and prepare ALL of our beautiful and capable students to meet success in and beyond school. We are proud of the diversity of our school district, made up of multiple cultures and more than 80 spoken languages.


As we have stated before, we will continue to serve all children and families, regardless of immigration status, in order to fulfill our mission and comply with our legal responsibilities. Hartford Public Schools does not collect immigration status information from any of our families.


Regardless of citizenship status, please know your rights:


For families: www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/immigrants-rights

For staff and partners: www.aclu.org/other/faq-educators-immigrant-students-public-schools


You can also find helpful resources below.


If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach out to us at 860-695-8400.


We thank you for the opportunity to educate your children.


In solidarity,

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez


Mensaje de Nuestra Superintendente sobre la Protección de Familias Inmigrantes y la educación de todos nuestros estudiantes


Estimadas Familias de HPS, Colegas, Socios, y Amigos:


Asegurar que nuestras escuelas sean lugares seguros para nuestros estudiantes, empleados, y visitantes es nuestra mayor prioridad. Queremos que todos los estudiantes que participan en nuestros programas Early Start, Credit Recovery, y Summer Bridge estén presentes y listos para aprender en un ambiente seguro.


Los informes recientes sobre posibles redadas de inmigración por Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) son preocupantes y pueden crear ansiedad entre los estudiantes, las familias y las comunidades. Continuaremos protegiendo los derechos de todos los que servimos, sin importar de su estatus migratorio.


Nuestra misión es inspirar y preparar a TODOS nuestros estudiantes hermosos y capaces para que creen su propio éxito en la escuela y más allá de la escuela. Estamos orgullosos de la diversidad de nuestro distrito escolar, compuesto de múltiples culturas y más de 80 idiomas hablados.


Como hemos dicho antes, seguiremos sirviendo a todos los estudiantes y familias, sin importar su estatus migratorio, para cumplir con nuestra misión y responsabilidades legales. Las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford no solicitan información sobre el estado migratorio de ninguna de nuestras familias.


Independientemente de su estado de ciudadanía, conozca sus derechos:


Para las familias: www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/immigrants-rights

Para el personal y nuestros socios: www.aclu.org/other/faq-educators-immigrant-students-public-schools


También puede encontrar recursos útiles desplazándose hacia abajo en esta página.


Si tiene alguna pregunta o preocupación, por favor llamanos al 860-695-8400.


Le agradecemos la oportunidad de educar a sus hijos.



En solidaridad,

Dra. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez


Please use the links below from the Immigrant Defense Project to access posters in diverse languages to help you learn about the limitations on how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts community arrests and how to protect your rights:






Traditional Mandarin

Simplified Mandarin

Haitian Creole

ACLU – Know Your Rights:  What to Do if Immigration Agents are at Your Door

You may also reference FACT SHEET FOR FAMILIES AND SCHOOL STAFF: LIMITATIONS ON DHS IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AT SENSITIVE LOCATIONS.  This source of information explains many important facts and where to report discrimination that you suspect may be taking place in your school:

Anyone with information about discrimination occurring in schools, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (which may include citizenship or immigration status), may file a complaint by contacting the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights via www.ed.gov/ocr, ocr@ed.gov, 800-421-3481 or TDD: 800-877-8339 (for language assistance contact 800-USA-LEARN (800-872-5327)), or by contacting the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section via www.justice.gov/crt/edo, education@usdoj.gov, 877-292-3804, or TTY: 800-514-0383.

You may also visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at https://www.cbp.gov/about/civil-rights-liberties

An additional resource that may be helpful to educators is the Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff: http://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/im_uac-educators-guide_2016.pdf.

Resources from the State of Connecticut

ICE Sensitive Locations Policy

Educational Resources for Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees and other New Americans

U.S. Department of Education guidance for supporting undocumented youth

United We Dream
School Counselors Working with Undocumented Students
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services information on the rights of unaccompanied children to
enroll in school and participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs

The following organizations provide direct legal services:

Hartford Public Library, The American Place – Hartford Public Library (HPL) Downtown Branch (500 Main Street) is recognized by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to offer legal advice by its BIA accredited representatives, and its citizenship application services are free!
Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
Catholic Charities Migration, Refugee, and Immigration Services
Center for Children’s Advocacy
Connecticut Legal Services
UConn School of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic
Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic