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Immigration Detention Visitation and Tours

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Published on Dec 18, 2012

In September 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the creation of a new policy, the Stakeholder Procedures for Requesting a Detention Facility Tour and/or Visitation, also commonly referred to as the Visitation Directive. The Visitation Directive provides access to detention facilities for any organization or group of individuals that wishes to tour a facility and interview individuals in immigration detention.

Although implementation of the Visitation Directive was not intended to apply to or hinder Community Visitation Programs, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) believes community groups can strategically use it to facilitate contact with detention center/jail staff and ICE's Field Representatives in the hopes of starting a formalized visitation program.

While prospective visitation programs have run into a series of issues with starting a visitation program after using the Visitation Directive, the ICE Office of the Public Advocate and dedicated Field Public Advocate Liaisons have been working with CIVIC to resolve issues as they arise.

For more information, visit www.endisolation.org and download our manual on how to tour immigration detention facilities.

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