We organize accompaniment and support for undocumented people facing court or deportation, and connect them to legal, financial and community resources for families who are under threat of deportation.
We provide support in two main ways:
1. Court support: accompanying our friends to court hearings and ICE check ins is a critical part of our work. You will be led by an experienced leader and provided resources.
- Community support can impact how a person will be received in the court system.
- This is a scary day for our friends. Seeing a smile and being treated as a person makes all the difference for their experience.
- Witnessing proceedings continues to inspire us to keep pushing for immigration reform.
2. Visitation: We visit people who are detained at Batavia Federal Detention Facility who may not have friends or family nearby. We can provide emotional support and we can try to connect detainees and families with legal information and religious support. We do not offer legal advice. If your friend or family member is detained at BFDF and would like to receive visits from someone who can listen to and sympathize with their frustrations, and try to connect them with information they may need, please fill out this form.
A training session is highly recommended before volunteers begin accompaniment or visitation. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about training and volunteering.