We make social visits to people who are detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Letters offer solace, encouragement, and a very real connection to the outside world in the middle of a very difficult time in someone’s life. When writing to men and women in detention, you are making a human connection across the walls and barbed wire.
A natural outgrowth of our work is increasing awareness of immigration detention and the difficulties encountered by those trying to live in the United States.
Even if you've done so before it matters and registers when you take the time to ask your elected officials for something specific.
Family members who are impoverished when breadwinners are detained are also in need of help meeting basic needs. You can find a list of bond funds that can accept donations here.
There is a consistent need for people to provide a place to live and help with basic needs for people who may not be legally authorized to work while pursuing requests for status in immigration court, or for people who are just getting on their feet after having been granted status.
Help raise awareness of immigration detention and its consequences by suggesting, hosting, and leading talks about the system and the people affected by it among potentially interested groups of people that you work or socialize with (your church, a social or community club, school communities, families, etc.). Feature the voices and testimony of people who have been and are detained.
Freedom for Immigrants, which operates a hotline that people in immigration detention can call for free, is especially looking for Haitian Creole-speaking volunteers. A role description for hotline operators can be found here.