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July 2012 Webinar Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention: Starting a Visitation Program

On July 25, 2012, Standing on the Side of Love hosted an online training, “Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention: Starting a Visitation Program.”

More than 34,000 people are detained in the U.S. every day, and nearly 400,000 passed through this system every year, without regard to them being recently-arrived, asylum-seekers, long-time residents, or permanent legal residents convicted of minor criminal offenses.

Through this webinar training, people will learn why and how to start a visitation program with information from other successful visitation programs that have resulted in hundreds of visits to detained immigrant and asylum-seeking women in the past year.

  • Download the presentation (PowerPoint) or (PDF)
  • Strategies and Stories on Starting an ICE-Approved Visitation Program & other resources
  • If you would like a copy of a local detention visitation manual, email Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership.
  • If you would like to join an email discussion list on US detention visitation program, subscribe here.
  • If you would like to join monthly calls of people engaged in visitation ministry or starting one, email David Fraccaro of National Visitation Network.
  • To learn more about Detention Dialogues Orange County, contact Jan Meslin
  • To learn more about San Diego Interfaith Immigrant Visitation Project, contact Angela Garcia-Sims, First UU Church of San Diego

This webinar was led by Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that works with communities across the country to abolish for-profit prisons, jails, and detention centers and strives to reduce criminalization and incarceration. Bob Libal is Grassroots Leadership’s Senior Organizer and incoming Interim Executive Director. Bob headed Grassroots Leadership’s Campaign to End Immigrant Family Detention, an effort that successfully contributed to ending family detention at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas. Libal serves as co-chair of the national Detention Watch Network steering committee, and as editor of the Texas Prison Bid’ness blog which monitors the private prison industry in Texas.

This webinar also featured Dan Furmansky of Standing on the Side of Love, Rocio Villalobos of Grassroots Leadership, David Fraccaro of National Visitation Network, Jan Meslin of Tapestry UU in Mission Viejo, CA as well as a testimonial from an individual impacted by detention visitation programs.

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