Were Watching

It can be difficult for communities impacted by over-policing to navigate their rights when it comes to observing and documenting their interactions with the NYPD and ICE. Given the recent increases in law enforcement detainments, it is important for community members to understand how they can help each other to deter and de-escalate the misconduct they may witness or experience. Documenting law enforcement is legal, but without guidelines for responsible practices to do so, the process can be made more challenging and potentially harmful.

CUP worked together with Justice Committee and designer Jade Broomfield to create the bilingual booklet for We’re Watching, a guide that explains what police and ICE watching is, and how to do it. In both English and Spanish, this tool outlines safe practices for community members to exercise their legal rights when filming law enforcement interactions in their neighborhoods.

Over 2,000 copies of We’re Watching will be distributed by Justice Committee to its community members in neighborhoods like Jackson Heights, Corona, and the South Bronx.

Resources & Links

Justice Committee (JC) is a grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City and empowering low-income Latinx and other people of color to address these issues.

Jade Broomfield is an illustrator and graphic designer based in New York.

Public Access Design projects use design to make complex urban issues accessible to the people most affected by them.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by The New York Community Trust. Additional support for the Public Access Design program was provided by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

Special Thanks

Irina Vinnitskaya, Christine Gaspar


  • CUP
  • Ingrid Haftel
  • Nick Johnson
  • Aska Mukuti
  • Oscar Nuñez
  • Justice Committee
  • Advocacy Partners
  • Juan Ramon Aguirre
  • Varun Bhatnagar
  • Karina Hurtado-Ocampo
  • Amir Khafagy
  • Yul-san Liem
  • Design
  • Jade Broomfield