Detained Adult Program

The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area with a legal services program focused exclusively on assisting detained immigrant men, women, and children in jails and juvenile facilities in Maryland and Virginia. 

Each year, the U.S. government detains nearly 400,000 immigrants. At any given time, about 1,600 adults are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) here in the capital region.  ICE has a contract with adult detention facilities in the area to hold immigrants while their removal proceedings are pending, a process that can take many months, if not years.

CAIR Coalition's Detained Adult Program works specifically with the roughly 1,600 adults detained by ICE in the capital area to provide information, support, and in some cases representation during this long and strenuous process in Immigration Court proceedings.


DAP Graphic


Because there is no right to appointed counsel in immigration court, we face a pressing need for representation of the many immigrant adults alongside whom we work. After conducting intakes with approximately 2,000 adults each year, CAIR Coalition's Detained Adult Program is able to support or represent 25% of these men and women. 

Aware that representation greatly increases the likelihood of success in immigration court, we strive to provide direct representation as frequently as we can.

DAP Legal Services - projected average


Want to support more adults detained by ICE as they fight for safety, security, and freedom? Please consider volunteering, donating, or becoming a pro bono partner so we can ensure dignity and justice for more immigrant adults! 



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