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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, or call 410-230-2772 to learn about volunteer opportunities in your community.

Visitation Ministry Partners


Restoration Project at Casa Mariposa, Tucson/Florence


Kern Welcoming and Extending Solidarity to Immigrants, Bakersfield


Casa de Paz, Colorado Springs


El Refugio Visitation Program, Lumpkin

Lutheran Social Services of Georgia, Atlanta


Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, Chicago/McHenry County


DC Detention Visitation Network, Bethesda


Justice For Our Neighbors-Southeastern Michigan, Beverly Hills


Conversations with Friends, Minneapolis/St. Paul

New Jersey

First Friends of NJ and NY, Elizabeth

Reformed Church Highland Park, Highland Park

New York

Seafarers International House, New York


Walking Together/Caminando Juntos, Ebensburg


Eden Prison Visitation Ministry, Eden

Hutto Visitation Program – Grassroots Leadership, Austin


AID NW Volunteer Visitation Program, Seattle/Tacoma


Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement


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.