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 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 Interfaith Conference, Little Rock

Restoration Project at Casa Mariposa, Tucson/Florence

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

Casa de Paz, Colorado Springs

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

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

Immigrant Justice Advocacy Movement, Kansas City

Hispanic and Latino Ministries and Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, Louisville

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

Presbyterian Immigrant Ministries and Presbytery of Southern New England, Boston

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

Good Shepard Jail Visitation Ministry, Tulsa

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

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

AID NW Volunteer Visitation Program, Seattle/Tacoma

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.