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Congregational Grassroots Organizing to Stop Mass Detention and Deportation

For congregations seeking to join the movement to stop mass detention and deportation:

In Your Congregation


Detained: The New Bedford Immigration Raid: On March 6, 2007, workers at a New Bedford factory producing vests for the U.S. military were arrested in a raid conducted by Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers. Of the 361 undocumented immigrants arrested that day, the majority were women, many with small children. Detained follows families affected by the immigration raid.

Lost in Detention: FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop examine the Obama administration’s controversial get-tough immigration policy. (2012 Ware Lecturer Maria Hinojosa was a producer.)


In Your Community

  • Are there immigrants detained near you? The Detention Watch Network has an interactive map that identifies Detention Centers, Community Organizations, ICE Offices and Immigration Courts and Visitation Programs.
  • Talk to your local elected reps, local and county law enforcement about refusing to do ICE detainers (often referred to as ICE Holds)
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and our coalition partners Interfaith Immigration Coalition, National Day Laborer’s Organizing Network (NDLON), and the New Sanctuary movement are launching a national campaign of immigration advocacy in our communities. Our goal is to have interfaith teams meeting with officials in their communities to:

    • change the way communities respond to detainment requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and
    • stop the unlimited access of ICE agents to jails.
  • Congregational Toolkit for Immigration Advocacy in Our Communities (PDF)
  • Video Webinar: Restoring Community Trust: Breaking ICE's Hold on your Community
  • Stop S-Comm at the Local Level—Find local interfaith partners
  • Learn about one community’s work to stop ICE: Santa Clara County Ends Collaboration with ICE

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Last updated on Friday, February 15, 2013.

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