LIRS embraces migrants impacted by detention in three critical ways:
- Legal services: Many immigrants in detention have no access to legal representation. LIRS equips partners to conduct “Know Your Rights” presentations, provide representation for asylum cases, and identify survivors of torture for appropriate services.
- Visitation ministry: A kind listener can restore dignity and hope to a person enduring the long days of uncertainty and isolation in detention. LIRS encourages visitation ministry (lirs.org/visitation) through resources, training, and grants. Visitors often become advocates for immigration reform, championing change because of what they learned.
- Community support: The success rate of people who are able to follow the procedures for their asylum or other immigration case is greatly increased when they are released into a community rather than being detained. The cost to our nation is also dramatically reduced by alternatives to detention. LIRS, along with the Presbyterian Church USA, networks local resources to support people released from detention so they are able to pursue their legal case in safety and dignity.