A Somali journalist, running for his life, came to the United States for safety and freedom. When he first arrived, however, he was interrogated and sent to a detention facility. While waiting for legal protection under international law, he is treated like a criminal. Despite being beaten and tortured in his home country for standing up against injustice, when he sought freedom on U.S. shores he was again terribly traumatized, kept from the light of day for months.
The system is broken. But we can bring hope and welcome to people like this. Over 400,000 people are in immigration detention each year. This is over 400,000 opportunities for us to see Jesus in the face of our fellow humans, unjustly locked away.
Following God’s call to visit those in prison, LIRS is hosting an interactive webinar on detention visitation Thursday, February 16, from 3:00-4:30pm.
The webinar will cover:
- A clearer understanding of the latest issues
- Tips for a good visit and how to become a volunteer visitor
- Stories from experienced visitors
- Discussion time to ask questions and share best practices
- A first look at LIRS’s new visitation resource, Bring the Sky
Anna Campbell from LIRS’s Access to Justice department will host the webinar. She will be joined by Eli Hernandez who leads LIRS’s engagement with churches and community groups. Register now. Access information will be sent to you by email. If you have questions, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Jesus was in prison, would you visit?
Coming Soon: Bring the Sky is the new LIRS guide, in 5 parts, to detention visitation ministry. The free guide will discuss:
- Why Visitation is essential to our theology
- The realities of the U.S. detention system
- The basics of establishing an active visitation ministry
- Some practical bits of knowledge for visiting people in detention
- Further steps for the future