Protect Yourself: Pre-Inaugural Edition

(Adapted from a Google Doc by Kara, an attorney and advocate based out of Boston, as well as the “Oh Shit! What Should I Do Before January” guide. Due to privacy and security issues for the compilers of the documents, I will not link directly to either of them, but you can send me a request via the contact form if you’re interested in viewing the source material. Nothing in this post should be construed as official legal advice – contact an attorney if you have legal questions surrounding your situation.)

Transgender Resources & Suggestions

  1. Changing Gender Markers on Legal ID
  2. Refuge Restrooms, a web app that compiles information about gender neutral restrooms in public places.
  3. Familiarize yourself with legal protection groups, including:


LGB+ Resources & Suggestions

  1. If you’re currently planning a wedding, consider getting legally married ASAP.
  2. If you are a same-sex couple with children, consider co-parent adoption to solidify your joint parental rights.
  3. Familiarize yourself with legal protection groups, including:


Immigration Resources & Suggestions

  1. Generally, an application that you file is evaluated under law at time of filing, so if you need a visa extension, spouse visa, anything but DACA, do it now.
  2. Be aware of risks inherent in filing under DACA if you are filing for the first time, because that does not provide any protection except stay of deportation and it’s very likely that deferred action under DACA is about to end.
  3. If you or anyone you know is under 18 (or 21, in some states) and was born in another country, you may be able to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, which allows you to become a legal resident. It requires a determination from a family court judge that it is not viable to reunite you with one or more of your parents and that it it is not in your interest to be sent back to your country of origin.
  4. If you’re undocumented or at risk of losing your status, make a plan:
    • If you have children or other relatives who depend on you, make arrangements for their care.
    • Save money for bond (often $3000-5000 for folks without criminal records, and well over $10,000 even for folks with just a single DUI).
    • Keep all your documents in a safe place, and give copies to a trusted relative.
  5. Familiarize yourself with legal protection groups, including:


Reproductive Rights Resources & Suggestions

  1. Consider getting a form of semi-permanent birth control, such as an IUD. You can read more about the different types of IUD here. Another option is an implant, which you can read more about here.
  2. If you receive services through Planned Parenthood or receive other care through a federal or ACA-created plan, expedite what healthcare you can and explore backup insurance options.
  3. Consider stocking up on Plan B or AfterPill (available over the counter in some areas), for possible future personal use.
  4. If you or your children have not yet received the HPV vaccine, consider initiating the series immediately in case your insurance stops covering it in the near future.
  5. Familiarize yourself with legal protection groups, including:


Civil Rights Resources & Suggestions

  1. Familiarize yourself with legal protection groups, including:
  2. Familiarize yourself with civil rights enforcement agencies, including: