Detention Dialogues is an organization focused on the issue of immigration detention in Northern California. It is a member of the Detention Watch Network's National Visitation Network and the International Detention Coalition. Detention Dialogues plans to start a volunteer-run immigration detention visitation program in Northern California in 2011.
We are a volunteer, student-led movement dedicated to building a culture of respect and addressing the growth in immigration detention, the fastest growing incarceration industry in the United States. Our mission is two-fold: to provide immigrants who are detained in Northern California with a connection to the outside community through visitation and to encourage community dialogue on the ethical dimensions of migration-related detention in the United States.
Detention Dialogues was founded on the belief that personal interaction and cooperation between detainees and volunteers is mutually empowering. It is through providing companionship to detainees that Detention Dialogues' volunteers understand how best to serve and advoacate on their behalf.
Detention Dialogues offers support to immigrants who are being detaineed, breaking the isolation they experience, as many have been transfered far from their families or communities. Through visitation, volunteers of Detention Dialogues will bear witness to the experience and treatment of individuals in detention. In the future, Detention Dialogues hopes to connect detainees to pro-bono legal services and to offer support to the families of individuals in detention.
Detention Dialogues was started in 2010 in response to the growth nationally in immigration detention and the need locally to link detainees with the tools and resources that will facilitate justice for detainees, their families, and our community.
Detention Dialogues plans to create a range of multidisciplinary experiences - through video, website, policy briefs, social media, and community dialogues - that provide Northern Californian communities with an opportunity to engage one another in dialogue in relation to the practices and effects of immigration detention.
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"A Response to Immigration Detention"
Asylum seeker talks about immigration detention