AI Justice's Detention Program attorneys advise immigration detainees about their basic rights, helping them to obtain release and fight deportation. Detention clients include asylum seekers, survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-eligible young people.
AI Justice also shines a light on abusive conditions in immigration detention to bring about systemic change. AI Justice attorneys challenge abusive detention conditions and work toward systemic change. They provide Know Your Rights presentations, during which conditions are monitored such as: overcrowding, inadequate medical care, appalling living conditions, lack of access to attorneys, frequent transfers to remote facilities, physical and mental abuse, indifference to human suffering, and improper use of force.
Staff serves on both Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s National Advisory Groups. AI Justice is a member of the national organization, Detention Watch Network, and co-chaired its Steering Committee in 2012.