Despite the civil and non-penal nature of immigration detention, multiple DHS Office Inspector General (OIG) reports indicate that detention facilities regularly do not meet standards and the conditions are abusive. Given the government’s own admission of these problems, and many other independent reports, public advocacy calling for detained migrant rights is absolutely critical. Our volunteers observe immigration detention directly by visiting. We study and research immigration detention by reading government documents, advocacy reports, and news stories. From this informed position, we make our voices heard: at the ballot box, in correspondence to state and national legislators, through letters to ICE, talking to journalists, in crafting and publishing opinion editorials, and by getting out in the streets. If you are concerned about immigration detention, perhaps want to know more, and are considering doing something about it then we welcome your participation. Please contact us.

Drawing by Helegner Tijera Oct’18
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