We are fighting for the end to immigration detention, which comes at great cost to families, communities, and taxpayers–and great profit to private prison companies.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound impacts on the immigration detention system and the immigration courts. On this page you will find updates related to detention, release from detention, the operation of the immigration courts, and legal arguments related to COVID-19.
"I reached out to a number of local and national organizations that I found in need of pro bono attorneys. Among the most responsive was the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and I realized that some of the most cutting edge and important work was being done by AILA and their partners through the Immigration Justice Campaign."
Only 14% of detained immigrants have an attorney. We are mobilizing attorneys nationwide to stand alongside immigrants in court. Watch our introduction video here.
In the News
Ms. Magazine (Op-Ed), December 15, 2020
This American Life, November 6, 2020
Lawyers say deportees to Cameroon would be flying on ‘death planes’
NBC News, October 31, 2020
After ICE Detention Center Whistleblower Report, Immigration Advocates Continue Calls for Shutting Down Detention Centers
Teen Vogue, September 16, 2020
First immigrant died in ICE custody in Texas from COVID
Houston Chronicle, September 3, 2020
Opinion: Cuban ICE detainee exposes unsafe Texas facilities, pleads for release to help battle coronavirus
Houston Chronicle (Op-Ed), May 19, 2020
Salvadoran man detained by ICE dies of COVID-19
ABC News, May 7, 2020
Immigrants Say ICE Phone Policies Restrict Counsel Access
Law360, May 5, 2020
Lawyers Petition to Spring Asylum Seekers From Detention Amid Houston COVID Surge
Daily Beast, June 26, 2020
Advocates warn of more immigrant deaths without ICE action
Associated Press, May 7, 2020
Alternatives to Detention: Community Support for Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System
People don’t need to be locked up in detention while trying to navigate the complex U.S. immigration system. A better, more humane approach exists—often in people’s own communities. Join experts from the American Immigration Council and the Women’s Refugee Commission for a webinar on our extensive survey of service providers and accompanying fact sheet, “Community Support for Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System.”
View Webinar and Slides
What You Need to Know about President Biden’s Immigration Bill and Executive Orders
The Biden administration has begun to make significant changes to the U.S. immigration system, in an effort to repair the serious damage done under the previous administration. Hear the American Immigration Council’s experts summarize these changes and discuss their potential impact.
View Webinar and Slides
The American Immigration Council and AILA are signatories of a January 18, 2021 letter which offers recommendations to the Biden administration related to enforcement against individuals present in the United States, including a moratorium on all deportations and interior enforcement.
This report by the American Immigration Council identifies disruptions throughout the immigration system because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn about the journey many Black Africans make to the U.S. to escape persecution, and the journey some are forced to make back via deportation
From Africa to Deportation: Black Africans Confront the U.S. Asylum System
We have ways for you to get involved today. Click here for tools to engage in a range of advocacy actions.
Find the latest blogs on topics related to asylum and removal defense on ThinkImmigration, the official blog of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Tacoma Northwest Detention Center
1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA
Tacoma, WA 98421
Phone Number: (253) 396-1611
Denver Contract Detention Facility
3130 Oakland St
Aurora, CO 80010
Phone Number: (303) 361-6612
South Texas Family Residential Center
Dilley, TX 78017
Phone Number: (830) 378-6500
Port Isabel Service Detention Center
27991 Buena Vista Blvd
Los Fresnos, TX 78566
Phone Number: (956)-547-1700
Stewart Detention Center
146 Cca Rd
Lumpkin, GA 31815
Phone Number: (229) 838-5000
Elizabeth Detention Center
625 Evans St
Elizabeth, NJ 7201
Phone Number: (908) 352-3776
The Justice Campaign partners with legal service providers and pro bono representation projects nationwide that screen immigrant detainees and refer eligible cases to our nationwide network of pro bono attorneys.
Fighting Together for a Fair Day in Court
Only 14% of detained immigrants have an attorney.
We are mobilizing attorneys nationwide to stand alongside immigrants in court.
The American Immigration Council warns non-citizens to guard against spoofing phone calls from ill-intended individuals seeking to create panic among our immigrant community. To learn more, please go to scam.immigrationcouncil.org.