Immigrant Action Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides direct support to our immigrant community, including hundreds of people in immigrant detention centers. Immigrant Action Alliance volunteers visit with people detained at Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, Glades County Jail in Moore Haven and Krome Service Processing Center in Miami. Over the last 7 years, they have made over 4,000 visits, offering people in immigration detention a link to the outside world, a link to legal help, phone time, books, clothing for deportation or release, help with temporary housing and more.
For the last three years, Immigrant Action Alliance has co-hosted the weekly Miramar Circle of Protection. Each day hundreds of immigrants are forced to travel to Miramar to “check-in” for their mandatory appointments with ICE. The lines are often crowded and there is little to no access to water, restrooms, or shelter from the sun or rain. People are sometimes arrested on-site and transferred to a detention center to be caged or deported. The purpose of the weekly Miramar Circle of Protection is to bear witness to the silent raids and family separation happening when individuals go to their scheduled immigration check-in.
When this effort first started the conditions they encountered were horrific and inhumane. With the weekly presence and pressure of the Miramar Circle of Protection, many of the immediate issues have been alleviated, but families are still being separated, people are still being abducted, and ICE is still terrorizing our communities.
Immigrant Action Alliance also runs a weekly mutual aid support group for undocumented people affected by the deportation machine. The Women’s Empowerment Group, hosted by volunteer psychologist Dr. Peggy, offers safe opportunities for women to organize and share resources. Immigrant Action Alliance is run entirely on community support and advocacy.
Immigrant Action Alliance:
- End Isolation
- Be the Eyes and Ears of the Community
- Spread Awareness
- End Immigrant Detention
If you would like to know more about us check out our Strategic Plan.
Who Our Friends Are
People in immigration detention are isolated from their friends, family, and the outside world. As they are in civil, not criminal custody, they have no right to a court-appointed attorney or a free phone call. People in immigration detention at Krome include victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, and legal permanent residents with longstanding community ties. We have visited men from over 85 different countries.