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Detention Watch Network is the only member led, member driven, national coalition whose main focus is immigration detention and deportation issues.

Member Benefits:

Network and Information-Sharing: Through a member conference, regional gatherings, Network strategy meetings, and action teams and committees, members are able to build relationships with other organizations and individuals working on detention and deportation issues around the country and internationally. Members share best practices, brainstorm strategies, develop long-term projects and coordinate collective action.

Online, DWN members make use of the DWN website, the DWN blog, social networking sites and listserves to share information and resources, and to promote activities and events. DWN publishes an e-newsletter and sends regular updates and alerts to members regarding network and member advocacy, public education and coalition-building activities.

Resource Development: DWN creates useful and timely resources for members and the community, including the Detention Map, tools for advocates and detainees and their families to take action to educate and protect their communities, and a searchable database of non-governmental and governmental resources in our online Research Library.

Coordination: DWN offers support and coordination for members’ public awareness and advocacy campaigns, connecting members doing similar work in various regions, sharing media opportunities and managing logistics. DWN works in coalition with other groups to develop messaging, share legislative updates, and coordinate legislative analysis and Congressional visits.

DWN facilitates network-wide strategy sessions to develop a long-term plan for coordinated action. DWN co-facilitates regular sessions among the membership and the DC advocacy community to share information about detention and deportation-related legislative advocacy. DWN coordinates or supports action teams on member-identified goals including alternatives to detention and mandatory detention.

Platforms and Exposure: DWN amplifies the voices of its membership through press statements on Network priorities, coordinated press events and media work, acting as a source for information and member referrals. The Network brings detention and deportation perspectives into the larger immigration debate and educates the media, the public and decision-makers about this hidden system. DWN identifies opportunities for members to participate in panels, workshops and community presentations around the country.

A National and International Voice on Detention: DWN works intentionally to build relationships with new allies and strengthen current relationships with other groups focused on detention and deportation issues. DWN supports organizing by directly affected community members. The Network conducts extensive outreach with local, regional and national groups, and as a member of the International Detention Coalition, shares U.S. detention issues with international allies dedicated to systemic reform worldwide.

We hope that you will become a member of DWN and work with us to change the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system so that all who come to our shores receive fair and humane treatment.