We have ways for you to get involved today. See below for tools to engage in a range of advocacy actions.
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- Take Action: Ask Congress to Support a Full Case Review for Everyone in Immigration Detention
Call on Congress to urge ICE to conduct a full review of all cases for people in its custody with the presumption of release. This process should ensure the release of all persons who fall outside the interim enforcement guidance, and those at heightened risk of serious illness from COVID-19, prioritizing the most vulnerable.
- Take Action: Ask Congress to Support Ending Private, State, and Local Detention Contracts with ICE
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must sever contracts with private prison companies and state and local jails, which create perverse financial incentives to detain hundreds of thousands of adults and children in severely harmful conditions each year. Call on Congress to support the phasing out of these contracts.
- Speak Out in Support of Alternatives to Detention
The punitive environment of detention can take a catastrophic toll on those in ICE custody. The pandemic has revealed more than ever before how dangerous immigration detention can be and the critical need for immediate change. Use our template Letter to the Editor (LTE) and sample social media posts to speak out for alternatives to detention (ATDs).
- Template Letter to the Editor (LTE) Regarding Medical Care in Detention
We encourage you to use our template to submit a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper. If you are working on a case and have examples of medical neglect in detention, please include those examples where indicated. Please only share case examples with the consent of your client, and do not include your client's name or any identifying details.
- Advocacy Toolkit: Requesting your Client's Release from ICE Detention During COVID-19 Pandemic
Use this step-by-step guide to help you reach out to Congress to educate them about what is happening in ICE detention facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and demand oversight over ICE parole decisions and procedures.
- Beyond Casework: Advocacy Toolkit
The Immigration Justice Campaign mobilizes attorneys and others to provide legal representation to the thousands of men and women imprisoned in ICE detention facilities. However, legal representation is only one way to fight the deportation and detention machine. This advocacy toolkit is designed to give lawyers and non-lawyers the tools to effectuate change outside the courtroom.
- Advocacy Toolkit: Hold ICE Accountable for Deplorable Medical Attention in Detention
Learn how to hold the government accountable for deplorable medical care in ICE detention facilities. This toolkit will guide you through filing an oversight complaint with government agencies, demanding oversight from Congress, and writing a Letter to the Editor (LTE).
Educating oneself is an important first step toward advocating for due process and justice for detained immigrants. One of our parent organizations, the American Immigration Council, offers many resources and fact sheets on topics ranging from immigration 101 to due process and immigration courts, as well as immigration detention.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), another parent organization of the Immigration Justice Campaign, hosts an Advocacy Action Center where constituents can find template letters on many immigration matters – including detention and the immigration court system -- to send to their elected representatives.
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.