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In response to the growing needs of people who are released from immigration detention without family or a support system in the Chicago-area, ICDI has developed a response network to accompany these men, women, and families during the transition process.
This network of volunteers from all over the Chicago-area respond to the diverse needs of individuals who are released from immigration detention as well as the needs of families who come to visit loved ones for court dates. There are five PDAN teams – one team to be on call each of the month. Teams are able to provide emergency transportation and accompaniment to individuals immediately after being released from ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) custody.
For those released with family elsewhere in the United States, we provide post-detention support packs as well as a bus ticket to return to family while they await a future court date. This program is referred to as the short-term accompaniment program. For those that have nowhere to live during the transition process, we have secured two homes for long-term residence while individuals are awaiting future court dates or waiting for work permits. They are two homes in the Chicago area, the Marie Joseph House of Hospitality for Men in Cicero, and the Marie Joseph House of Hospitality for Women in Hyde Park. The house of hospitality for women provides food and shelter for individual women, as well as for families with children, as an alternative to family detention. This program also includes food and shelter for teenagers who age out of the houses that service unaccompanied children. If not for this program, 18 years olds would go into adult detention. This program is referred to as the long term accompaniment program.
Both programs fall under the Post-Detention Accompaniment Network.
To find out how you can volunteer, call 773-779-6011, ext. 3846 or contact us here.
Many men and women released from immigration detention are released with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Many times these are the clothes they were wearing when they were taken into custody (i.e. pajamas, work clothes, summer clothes, etc.). There is a growing need for support packs that include clothing and hygiene products to help in the transition out of immigration detention.
You and your community can participate in this important ministry by collecting items and compiling support packs in your congregations, schools, and community groups.
Clothing: Please compile packs with a variety of sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) for both men and women.
Personal Hygiene Kits: Please put these items in a 1 gallon-sized closable plastic bag.
These items should be compiled in backpacks or small duffel bags. Please mark them with a label stating “Male” or “Female” and also the clothing size “Small, Medium, or Large”. Once the packs are compiled, please call 773-779-6011 ext. 3846 to arrange the drop off of donations.
We are also in need of gift cards, 30-day CTA passes, and financial donations to help with other expenses for our long-term residents. Checks can be made out to “Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants” with a memo stating “PDAN” and send to:
Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants
10024 S. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60655
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