The Community Support Initiative builds local capacity to deliver quality services for individuals negatively impacted by immigration detention and advocates for community-based alternatives to the current enforcement system in the United States. It is a network of 20 service providers in seven communities.
Local partners provide legal, case management and housing services for individuals in and upon release from immigration detention, as well as track individual outcomes to measure effectiveness of service interventions.
The community sites and lead organizations are:
- St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN – Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Advocates for Human Rights, Guadalupe Alternative Programs, St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, Conversations with Friends, St. Stephen’s Human Services, Sarah’s Oasis, Simpson Housing Services
- Boston, MA – PAIR Project, Lutheran Social Services of New England, Refugee Immigration Ministry
- Chicago, IL – Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants
- Seattle/Tacoma, WA – Northwest Detention Center Roundtable, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
- Elizabeth, NJ/New York, NY – First Friends/IRATE, Seafarers International House
- Austin, TX – Casa Marianella, American Gateways, Center for Survivors of Torture
- Tucson/Phoenix, AZ – Florence Project, Restoration Project, Puente Movement