AVID Meeting Notes October 6, 2019

Please find below the minutes for October’s meeting.

We are looking for volunteers who would like to get more involved in AVID! Please contact me if you are interested in any of the following roles. These are shared roles, and if we all pitch in, the work won’t fall on one person’s shoulders alone.

  • Reviewing weekly visitation reports/analyzing data
  • Community Outreach to recruit new volunteers
  • Organizing Orientation Trainings
  • Becoming part of the Finance Committee

Avid in the Chihuahuan Desert


06 OCTOBER 2019 / 4:00 PM 


  1. Next monthly meeting: Sunday, November 3 from 4-5 p.m.
  2. Orientation/New Volunteer Training: October 19 from 2-4PM at the Columban Mission Center, 816 Magoffin Ave, El Paso, TX 79901

Facilitated Discussion: What are we currently doing to end detention?

Legislative work: a bill will be introduced in next NM State Legislature session. AVID is working with coalition led by group in ABQ called Center for Civic Policy. Part of this work includes providing state with alternative means of bringing in revenue to replace revenue from detention centers.  

Call to action: Does anyone want to attend monthly call and get involved with resulting actions items (e.g. public pressure campaigning)? 

New Initiative started by Freedom for Immigrants and two other big national organizations called “detention in your district.” Modeled after Rep. Crow’s visits to detention centers in his district.  The purpose is to get representatives to take action. Veronica Escobar (El Paso), Will Hurd (Sierra Blanca) and Torres-Small (NM). Torres-Small visits centers but she notifies ahead of time. Visits should be unannounced.

Call to action: Does anyone want to get involved (e.g. public pressure campaigning)? 


Call to action: Read up on the 10 constitutional amendments coming up for vote on Nov 5th. 

Demonstrations (several meeting participants admitted they were not participating in demonstrations due to fear of being tracked/identified).

Visiting people in detention

Signing petitions (online)

Conversations about what we do and the current situation, educating others

New Business

Identify organizational needs (what tasks are needed, so we can better assign tasks to distribute the organizational workload?)

  • Volunteers to review weekly visitation reports.
  • Volunteers for Community Outreach to recruit new volunteers
  • Volunteers to help Organize Orientation Trainings
  • Volunteers for Finance Committee (we have about $1000 of funding raised, and potentially $1000 more if we identify a committee of dedicated volunteers to manage our finances. As of now, the money is not accessible.)
  • More volunteers to meet visitation requests

Optional social time/ extended discussion time

The meeting officially concluded after one hour, but those who cared to socialize to get to know other volunteers were welcome to hang around.

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