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Campaigns driving change

Detention Watch Network (DWN) works with its members to increase public awareness, build community organizing capacity and advance national advocacy strategies on immigration detention issues through coordinated campaigns.


DWN Campaigns

  • #CommunitiesNotCages

    The immigration detention system is dangerously metastasizing. With nearly 44,000 immigrants being held daily in a network of over 200 detention centers across the country, the #CommunitiesNotCages campaign amplifies the longstanding local organizing of Detention Watch Network members and advocates across the country, while building a nationally coordinated strategy to stop the expansion and ultimately abolish immigration detention in its entirety. 

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    #DefundHate

    For too long, our representatives have said they care about our communities while simultaneously funding aggressive immigration enforcement and deadly immigration jails. Stopping the flow of money is critical to stopping Trump's anti-immigrant agenda.

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Past Campaigns

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    End the Quota

    The United States government arbitrarily detains immigrants across the country with the enforcement of immigration detention bed quotas that operate on a national and local level, resulting in a financial market where people’s lives are treated as profit. In 2013 DWN launched the End the Quota campaign with the goal to remove the national detention bed quota from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approbations bill and eliminate the use of guaranteed minimums from detention center contracts. Since then, the campaign has raised public awareness, garnered significant media coverage and made the quota a go-to talking point for DWN members. In 2015, DWN saw increased congressional support as legislation was introduced to remove the national quota and local quotas.

    Learn more about detention quotas and what you can do now

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    Expose and Close

    Expose & Close started in 2012, when DWN coordinated the release of ten reports demanding the closure of immigration detention facilities that exemplified the human rights abuses occurring system wide. In 2014, the report called attention to the Artesia Family Residential Center in New Mexico, leading to its closure. The reports serve as educational and advocacy tools for anyone to use to challenge the detention system.

    Learn more about the series of Expose and Close reports

  • #ICEonTrial

    ICE’s track record of abuse is long-standing, well documented and overwhelming. Join us for #ICEonTrial, a series of nationally coordinated people’s tribunals to address ICE’s flagrant abuses. Today, we are seeing that true justice comes from the people and we call on our elected officials to take action with the knowledge that anything less makes them co-responsible for ICE’s abuses.

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