WHAT WE DO

VISITATIONS

Visitations are one of the main missions of JISA. Our volunteers from faith organizations, members of local communities, colleges, and universities make regular visits to Adelanto to:
 

  • Offer the comfort of a visit from an American to let them know there are people in the U.S. who care about them

  • Learn about their lives, their experiences prior to coming to the U.S. seeking asylum, their families, and how they are faring in detention.

  • Provide support while they are on their journey through the asylum-seeking process

  • Offer our help with whatever needs we can meet while they are detained, such as small amounts of money deposited into their commissary accounts

Reflections from Natasha Anis on a semester spent visiting and speaking with people incarcerated at the Adelanto Immigration Detention Center

ACCOMPANIMENT

Accompaniment includes:

 

  • Attending asylum and bond hearings

  • Aiding the search for legal representation

  • Arranging transportation from Adelanto to final destinations

  • Providing backpacks with a change of clothing, hygiene items, water, and snacks

  • Donating phone cards or disposable cell phones

  • Offering very short-term housings

  • Staying in touch with asylum seekers after they are released

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