is to provide friendship and support to people in immigration detention.
members of DC, Maryland, and Virginia communities who are concerned about the welfare of people affected by immigration detention. We make social visits to people who are detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Maryland and Virginia. On any given night as many as 1,000 or more people may be held in ICE custody in at least three detention facilities in these two states.
Many immigrants in detention do not have family or friends who can visit them. It is common for people in immigration custody to be held in a location distant from where they lived or worked. Visits from community members give detainees a “break,” boost their morale, and help individuals refocus their emotions on positive relationships while in detention.
There are many opportunities to volunteer with DC DVN, including as a detention visitor, a pen pal, or as a voice for the voiceless, by speaking with others in our community about the immigration detention system and the experiences of people being held in ICE custody.