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:

Arizona
Restoration Project at Casa Mariposa, Tucson/Florence

California
Kern Welcoming and Extending Solidarity to Immigrants, Bakersfield

Colorado
Casa de Paz, Colorado Springs

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

Illinois
Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, Chicago/McHenry County

Maryland
DC Detention Visitation Network, Bethesda

Michigan
Justice For Our Neighbors-Southeastern Michigan, Beverly Hills

Minnesota
Conversations with Friends, Minneapolis/St. Paul

New Jersey
First Friends of NJ and NY, Elizabeth
Reformed Church Highland Park
, Highland Park

New York
Seafarers International House, New York

Pennsylvania
Walking Together/Caminando Juntos, Ebensburg

Texas
Eden Prison Visitation Ministry, Eden
Hutto Visitation Program – Grassroots Leadership, Austin

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.