Welcome, to the homepage of Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention (AVID) in the Chihuahuan Desert. Centered in Las Cruces, with volunteers in El Paso and surrounding communities, AVID in the Chihuahuan Desert is a migrant rights advocacy and immigration detention visitation organization.1

As tens of thousands of individuals are confined in immigration detention every day, we seek volunteers to help end the isolation of confinement, and to join the movement to abolish immigration detention.

Current Press Releases

  • AVID July 2021 Position Statement (7/8/2021) - AVID released a position statement July 2, 2021. The statement is built around four points. In summary, we: Call on the Biden Administration to close OCPC for a history of violating DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s foundational principle of not tolerating the mistreatment of individuals in civil immigration detention.Request that Congress cut funding for immigration detention ... Read moreAVID July 2021 Position Statement
  • Process by Torment (1/2/2021) - AVID and Innovation Law Lab released a report detailing the immigration experiences of individuals who were detained at the Otero County Processing Center. The report covers pre-ICE Detention (Customs and Border Protection custody and Migrant Protection Protocols), experiences in ICE Detention, and Legal Issues that arose while detained. Download Report Executive Summary (Descargar el Resumen ... Read moreProcess by Torment
Drawing by Helegner Tijera July’18
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