Join a Visitation Ministry

A kind listener can restore dignity and hope to a person enduring the long days of uncertainty and isolation in detention. LIRS partners with congregations, NGO’s and community groups across the nation to accompany individuals currently detained through conducting regular visits, staffing detention hotlines and writing to detainees.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? We encourage you to directly contact one of our partners listed below, email visitation@lirs.org or call 410-230-2772 to learn about volunteer opportunities in your community.

Visitation Ministry Partners

Local congregations and ministries that provide a compassionate ministry of presence to people in immigration detention include:

Arkansas
Arkansas Interfaith Conference, Little Rock

Arizona
Restoration Project at Casa Mariposa, Tucson/Florence

California
East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition and University Lutheran Chapel, Oakland
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, San Diego

Colorado
Casa de Paz, Colorado Springs

Georgia
El Refugio Visitation Program, Lumpkin
Lutheran Social Services of Georgia, Atlanta

Illinois
Cristo Rey Lutheran Church, East Moline
Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, Chicago/McHenry County

Kansas
Immigrant Justice Advocacy Movement, Kansas City

Kentucky
Hispanic and Latino Ministries and Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, Louisville

Maryland
Pueblo de Esperanza and Breath of God Lutheran Church, Baltimore
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bethesda

Massachusetts
Presbyterian Immigrant Ministries and Presbytery of Southern New England, Boston

Minnesota
Minnesota Detained Immigrant Visitor Project and Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, Minneapolis/St. Paul

New Jersey
First Friends and IRATE and Santa Isabel Lutheran Church, Elizabeth
Monmouth County Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Casa Freehold, Highland Park

New York
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Detention Center Outreach, New York

Oklahoma
Good Shepard Jail Visitation Ministry, Tulsa

South Carolina
La Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and La Iglesia Luterana Manantial de Vida, Columbia

Texas
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin
La Frontera Ministries, McAllen
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Houston

Washington
AID NW Volunteer Visitation Program, Seattle/Tacoma

National
Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement

Interested in volunteering, but can’t find a ministry in your community? We encourage you to consider launching your own. Browse our resources on how to start a visitation ministry.