Trainings and Workshops

The NYCLU offers numerous trainings and workshops for New Yorkers on a range of civil liberties and civil rights issues. These sessions are interactive and give participants the opportunity to share their experiences, voice their concerns, and ask questions.

Below is a list of our current trainings and workshops by topic:

Police Accountability and Criminal Justice Reform

Reproductive Rights

General



Workshops

  • Know Your Rights: What to Do If You’re Stopped By the Police
    This training covers civilian-police interactions on the street, in your car and in your home. The training focuses on Fourth Amendment rights in relation to searches and seizures, and provides practical advice for getting through a police encounter safely and calmly, with your rights fully intact. This training is an hour and a half in length and appropriate for groups of between 10 and 50 youth and/or adults. Each training participant will receive a What To Do If You’re Stopped By the Police palm card.

    To schedule a Know Your Rights: What to Do If You’re Stopped By the Police training, send an email to workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the training, your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Know Your Rights: What to Do If You’re Suspended and Advocating for a Restorative Justice Program in Your School
    This interactive workshop for students covers the rights of public high school students in New York City who are interested in learning how to reduce suspensions in their school while asking for the establishment of a Restorative Justice Program as an alternative to suspension. The presentation focuses on students’ state and federal due process rights when they are suspended from school. The workshop includes several activities that highlight students’ rights such as the right to notice of a suspension, to have an attorney or advocate defend the student in their suspension hearing and the requirement that students receive alternative instruction that is substantially equivalent while suspended. It also focuses on Restorative Justice approaches available to students under the Discipline Code and teaches students how to advocate for Restorative Justice programs at their school in lieu of suspensions. This workshop is 45-minutes long and appropriate for groups of 15-30 students. Each participant will receive a copy of the NYCLU’s Know Your Rights When Facing a Suspension pamphlet written for young adult audiences.

    To schedule a Know Your Rights: What to Do If You’re Suspended and Advocating for a Restorative Justice Program in Your School workshop, send an email to workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the training, your first and last name, school/organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Know Your Rights: Interacting with Police in Schools
    This training covers the rights of public school students in New York City when interacting with School Safety Agents and police officers in schools. The training focuses on student Fourth Amendment rights when being searched by School Safety Agents, detailing under what circumstances a student, or his or her belongings, can and cannot be searched. It covers backpack searches, locker searches and metal detector scans, as well as interrogation by School Safety Agents, arrests on school grounds, and how to file a complaint against an abusive School Safety Agent or police officer. This training is an hour long and appropriate for groups of between 20 and 50 youth and/or adults. Each training participant will receive a Know Your Rights with Police in Schools palm card.

    To schedule a Know Your Rights with Police in Schools training, send an email to workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the training, your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Know Your Rights: What to Do If You're Stopped by the Police/Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Customs and Border Patrol
    This training informs immigrant New Yorkers, both documented and undocumented, of their rights when interacting with both immigration officers and police. The training covers the right to remain silent, the right to speak to an attorney, the right for proof of a warrant before a home raid, and the right for undocumented individuals not to hand over documents that prove their status. It also suggests best practices by immigrant individuals when they are stopped by police, state troopers, Customs and Border Patrol agents, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

    To schedule a Know Your Rights: What to Do If You're Stopped by Police training, email workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the training, your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Know Your Rights: Minor's Rights to Confidential Healthcare
    This interactive training empowers youth regarding their rights to access health care confidentially in New York. Peer Educators use role plays and skits to discuss mental health care, substance abuse treatment, emergency care and students’ rights to stay in school while pregnant or parenting. This workshop can be tailored to groups of between 10 and 100 youth for periods ranging from 40 to 90 minutes. Each training participant will receive a Do My Parents Have to Know? Your Rights to Sexual Health Services reference card. The NYCLU will distribute condoms and instructions as a part of this workshop upon request.

    To schedule a Know Your Rights:Minor's Rights to Confidential Healthcare workshop, send an email to workshoprequests@nyclu.org with your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Youth in Schools
    This training covers LGBTQ student rights and public school obligations to keep young people safe. It includes issues of harassment, GSAs, school functions such as prom, freedom of speech and expression and more. The training is appropriate for groups of between 5 and 50 youth and/or adults. Each training participant will receive Know Your Rights information. This training can be tailored to be a more general LGBTQ sensitivity/awareness training, or to focus more specifically on issues of gender and transgender issues.

    To schedule an LGBT Rights training, email workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the training, your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Know Your Rights: Protest and Demonstrations
    This training informs New Yorkers of the basic rules governing the right to engage in protest activities on public sidewalks, in public parks, and on public streets in New York City. The training covers the right to distribute handbills or leaflets; the right to hold press conferences, demonstrations, and rallies; and the right to march on public sidewalks and in public streets.

    To schedule a Know Your Rights: Demonstrating in New York City training, workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the training, your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times

  • Know Your Rights: Legal Observing
    This training covers the basics on becoming a NYCLU legal observer. Legal observers will learn what law enforcement activities to look for when monitoring a protest, how to document and photograph observations, and how to stay safe while doing so. The training is an hour in length and is appropriate for groups of between 10 and 40 adults.

    To schedule a Legal Observing training, email workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the training, your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.


Presentations

  • A Tale of Two Cities: Discriminatory Policing in New York City
    This presentation examines the discriminatory effects of the policies and practices of the New York Police Department, highlighting the disparate treatment received by various community and ethnic groups. The presentation covers zero-tolerance policing and stop-and-frisk practices and the collateral consequences of these practices on affected communities. The presentation also explores advocate led movements to reform discriminatory police practices and increase police accountability.

    To schedule the A Tale of Two Cities: Discriminatory Policing in New York City presentation, email workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the presentation, your first and last name, organization, workshop location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Lobbying 101 -- Everything You Need to Know About Lobbying for Social Justice
    This training covers techniques and strategies for effective legislative advocacy with elected officials or policymakers at any level. Participants will learn how to prepare for a lobby visit with an elected official, best tools for framing an argument, how to translate a lobby visit into legislative action, and how to follow-up after a lobby visit to ensure productive results. Trainings can focus on general lobby technique or on a specific NYCLU legislative or policy issue. The training is appropriate for groups of between 5 and 50 youth and/or adults. Each participant will receive a Guidelines to Effective Lobbying tip sheet.

    To schedule a Lobbying 101 -- Everything You Need to Know About Lobbying for Social Justice training, email workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the training, your first and last name, organization, workshop location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline
    This highly interactive workshop introduces youth to the workings of the School to Prison Pipeline. Participants identify the major, everyday contributors to the Pipeline with special attention to zero tolerance policies and over-reliance on school suspensions. Participants also discuss possible solutions to the problem. This workshop is one hour long and appropriate for groups of 15 to 25 youth. Each participant will receive a Know Your Rights with Police in Schools palm card.

    To schedule a School to Prison Pipeline workshop, email workshoprequests@nyclu.org with the title of the workshop, your first and last name, organization, workshop location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Teenagers, Health Care and the Law: An Overview
    This interactive training outlines the rights of minors to access health care confidentially in New York. The presentation covers reproductive health care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and emergency care as well as circumstances that may compromise a minor’s ability to access care using scenarios common to adolescent service providers. As appropriate, the training can include students’ rights to stay in school while pregnant or parenting. This presentation requires a minimum of 15 attendees and can be tailored to periods ranging from 60 to 90 minutes. Reimbursement may be required for travel outside New York City and/or beyond office hours.

    To schedule a Teenagers, Health Care and the Law: An Overview presentation, send an email to workshoprequests@nyclu.org with your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Teenagers, Health Care and the Law: An Adolescent’s Right to Confidential Rape Crisis Care
    This interactive training outlines the rights of minors in New York to access confidential care that may be necessary following a sexual assault. The presentation presents common scenarios facing service providers working with sexual assault survivors. This presentation requires a minimum of 15 attendees and can be tailored to periods ranging from 60 to 90 minutes. Reimbursement may be required for travel outside New York City and beyond office hours.

    To schedule An Adolescent’s Right to Confidential Rape Crisis Care presentation, send an email to workshoprequests@nyclu.org with your first and last name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.

  • Our Best Day Ever: Using a School Climate Improvement Model to Implement the Dignity for All Students Act

    This presentation for educators, school attorneys, and school district personnel will explain best practices for implementing New York’s new anti-bullying law, the Dignity for All Students Act. Using Brown University’s school climate improvement framework, the presentation will highlight strategies for organically reducing conflict in school through building and reinforcing emotional connections among young people (and between students and adults); reducing reliance on suspensions to enforce school rules; making use of data; protecting student’s rights; and understanding the Dignity Act’s enumerated protected categories. This presentation requires a minimum of 20 attendees and 90 minutes. Reimbursement may be required for travel outside New York City.

    This presentation may not be available at all times during the year; we apologize if we are not able to accommodate your group. For more information on the Dignity Act, including information on trainers around the state, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/.

    To schedule this presentation please call (646) 350-1518 or send an email to workshoprequests@nyclu.org with your name, organization, training location, approximate group size and three possible dates and times.