CAIR Coalition conducts regular visits to government immigration detention facilities in Virginia and Maryland to provide adult detainees with general information about the detention process, information about their legal rights, and options for fighting deportation.
All new volunteers must attend a volunteer training session before volunteering on a jail visit.
- When: Jail visits are full-day commitments: volunteers may need to leave DC between 5:30 - 7:30 AM, depending on the facility, and should plan to return by 8:00 PM or later. Visits take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays each month.
- Where: Detention facilities in Virginia and Maryland, between 1 and 3.5 hours away from DC.
What makes a good jail visit volunteer:
- Spanish speakers, as well as speakers of other languages are highly desired.
- Volunteers who can come on multiple visits are preferred.
- No members of the media or government are allowed.
- No knowledge of immigration law is required.
How to get started:
- First, make sure that you have completed our volunteer sign-up form and confidentiality agreement here.
- Then, please click here to sign up for a jail visit training.
- All volunteers are required to sign up for a training before visiting a detention center with CAIR Coalition. These training sessions are typically held twice per month on the third floor of CAIR Coalition's DC office. The signup sheet above is updated as new training sessions are added, so please check back soon if you are not available during the listed sessions.
- After attending a jail visit training, please email Jessica Depies, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a list of, and to sign up for, upcoming jail visit dates.