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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 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

Georgia

El Refugio Visitation Program, Lumpkin

Lutheran Social Services of Georgia, Atlanta

Illinois

Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, Chicago/McHenry County

Maryland

DC Detention Visitation Network, Bethesda

Michigan

Justice For Our Neighbors-Southeastern Michigan, Beverly Hills

Minnesota

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

Pennsylvania

Walking Together/Caminando Juntos, Ebensburg

Texas

Eden Prison Visitation Ministry, Eden

Hutto Visitation Program – Grassroots Leadership, Austin

Washington

AID NW Volunteer Visitation Program, Seattle/Tacoma

National

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.