The U.S. detains around 400,000 immigrants per year, and immigration detention is increasing. Detention visitation programs provide an opportunity for volunteers to offer companionship and support to immigrants being held in U.S. detention facilities. Visitation programs help to reduce isolation for detained immigrants, as well as provide citizen oversight of facilities, where many immigrants have experienced abuse and violations of their rights. 


Detention Resources

A Guide For Members Of Congress Visiting ICE JailsBy: The National Immigrant Justice Center and Detention Watch Network
This is a toolkit on how Congress members can visit ICE detention facilities and bring accountability and oversight to the system.

Immigration Detention in the U.S.: An Overview
By: The Immigration Justice Campaign of the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association
This webinar provides an overview of the who, what, where, when, and how of immigration detention in the United States.

Immigration Detention 101
By: Detention Watch Network
An overview of immigration detention in the United States, including its history and detention by the numbers.

Immigration Detention Map and Statistics
By: Freedom for Immigrants 
An interactive map of detention facilities and statistics on immigration detention in the United States.

Detention Preparedness and Support
By: Stand With Immigrants and The Advocates for Human Rights
A podcast episode discussing how families and community members can help loved ones be prepared for the possibility of detention and/or deportation in a time of increased enforcement. 


Volunteer Resources

Resources For Visitor Volunteers
By: Freedom for Immigrants
An overview of the benefits of visitation, types of visitation programs, and more. 

Find a Visitation Program
By: Freedom for Immigrants
An interactive map of visitation programs, including location, descriptions and contact information.

Introductory Guide: Immigration Detention Visitation
By: Detention Watch Network 
An introductory guide to detention visitation, including connecting with programs and what to expect. 

A Guide to Touring U.S. Immigration Detention Facilities & Building Alliances
By: Freedom for Immigrants
A comprehensive guide on how to tour a U.S. immigration detention facility and how to start a visitation program. 

Detention Visitation
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