As one of the only consistent links to the outside world, visitation programs can lessen the emotional toll of confinement by providing sustained community support. Visitation programs also build community “safety nets” capable of ensuring that individuals are deported or released safely and supported in such periods of transition.
The Friends of Adelanto Detainees program is a part of a national push to end the isolation of immigrant detainees through visitation and friendship. We visit with men and women at the Adelanto facility, and work with families of those with loved ones in the facility to help visit loved ones whenever possible. Friends has been developed with the support of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), the Justice For Immigrants Coalition, along with multiple churches, and Universalist Unitarian Groups throughout Southern California.
While we are based in the High Desert we have partnerships in surrounding areas. Faith leaders, community groups and individuals all over Southern California have committed to supporting the visitation program. Please connect with a group near you, or ask about adding your group to the list!
- Inland Empire = Justice For Immigrants Coalition; Contact Javier Hernandez at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colton = ChiCCCAA; Contact Mary Valdemar at: email@example.com
- Ventura = Ventura CLUE; Contact Liza Diniakos at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pasadena = Neighborhood UU; Contact Judy Goldstock at: email@example.com
- Paramount = Paramount Church; Contact Eldaah Arango at: firstname.lastname@example.org