Join a Visitation Ministry

In a country where you are a stranger, when your name is called and you are told that you have a visitor, you feel like you’re going from darkness to light.” -Former Detainee, Locked in a Box

A kind listener can help restore dignity and hope to a person enduring the long days of uncertainty and isolation in immigration detention. LIRS partners with congregations, NGOs and community groups across the nation to accompany individuals currently detained through regular visits, staffing detention hotlines and writing to detainees.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? We encourage you to directly contact one of our partners listed below, email visitation@lirs.org, or call 410-230-2772 to learn about volunteer opportunities in your community.

Visitation Ministry Partners

 

Arizona Restoration Project at Casa Mariposa, Tucson/Florence
California Kern Welcoming and Extending Solidarity to Immigrants, Bakersfield
Colorado Casa de Paz, Colorado Springs
Florida Baker Interfaith Friends, Gainesville
Georgia Atlanta City Detention Center Visitation Project, Atlanta
El Refugio, Decatur
Irwin Friends Visitation Program, Tifton
Illinois Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, Chicago
Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, Chicago
Maryland DC Detention Visitation Network, Bethesda
Michigan Justice For Our Neighbors-Southeastern Michigan, Kalamazoo
Minnesota Conversations with Friends, Minneapolis/St. Paul
New Jersey First Friends of NJ and NY, Kearny
New York Seafarers International House, New York
Texas Hutto Visitation Program – Grassroots Leadership, Austin
Wisconsin Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, Kenosha

Interested in volunteering, but can’t find a ministry in your community? Consider launching your own! Browse our resources on how to start a visitation ministry.

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