About Detention Watch Network

Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to expose and challenge the injustices of the United States’ immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.

DWN Envisions

  • A world without immigration detention where every individual lives freely.
  • A nation that fosters racial equality, values migration and honors family unity.
  • A judicial system that promotes human rights and the dignity and due process rights of all persons.

Our History

DWN was founded in 1997 by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and Lutherans Immigration and Refugee Service to combat the explosive growth of the U.S. immigration detention system. In 2005, DWN re-lunched as a dues-based membership network comprised of individuals and organizations working collectively on advocacy, public education and grassroots organizing efforts.

Today, DWN is the only national network that focuses exclusively on immigration detention, bringing together diverse constituencies to advance the civil and human rights of those impacted by the immigration detention system. The Network is recognized as the “go-to” resource on detention issues by media and policymakers, as well as, a critical national advocate for just policies that promote an end to immigration detention.