In Detention

Immigration detention can be a profoundly isolating and challenging experience. Find our what your rights are while in detention and what resources are available to help you and your family while you're detained.

Know Your Rights in Detention
This overview will walk you through your rights as you are arrested, taken into custody, and detained.

Detention Centers Where "Know Your Rights" Presentations are Given (coming soon!)
In many detention centers across the country, local non-profit organizations and attorneys visit detention centers to inform immigrants of their rights and the process in immigration proceedings. Find out if these presentations are given where you are detained and how you can participate.

Who will take care of my children?
Check out these Resource Sheets in English and Spanish with Frequently Asked Questions for parents being detained and/or deported about guardianship of minor children, power of attorney, etc. provided by the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (note: some forms may be Florida specific)

Find An Attorney

Some Useful Links:

American Bar Association Commission on Immigration

American Immigration Lawyers Association

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

Make the Legal Case On Your Own
Find self-help materials to fight your case.

Are you having problems with conditions or treatment where you are detained?

Read about the ICE Detention Standards
Detention Standards

Learn the official processes for complaints in:

Learn the process for filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in English

Learn the process for filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Espanol

Find out about these organizations which coordinate ongoing visits to detainees:
Interfaith Refugee Action Team-Elizabeth (IRATE) and First Friends

Sojourners Detention Visitation Project of the Riverside Church

Refugee Immigration Ministry

Coming Soon:

  • List of detention chaplaincy programs

  • Links to further legal resources

  • Links to support organizations for you and your family