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ICE Detention Center Volunteer Recruitment & Training

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University of Richmond Law School

19 Richmond Way

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Richmond, VA 23226

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In partnership with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition), the Carrico Center will host a volunteer recruitment and training session for all individuals interested in participating in the ICE Detention Center Visit Program. Specifically, volunteers are needed to visit the ICE Detention Center in Farmville, Virginia, to help CAIR staff complete intakes with new detainees and deliver follow-up messages to individuals already engaged with the agency. This training will explain the ins and outs of detention center visits, as well as the duties/functions of a volunteer who joins CAIR Coalition in its efforts.

The Farmville Detention Center, the largest facility served by CAIR Coalition, is located 1.5 hours from Richmond, which makes our community one of the closest to be of service. Farmville visits are always on Wednesdays & Thursdays, and are a full-day commitment (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the facility, plus driving to and from the facility). Attendees to this recruitment session and training should be expected to join a detention center visit at least once within the coming year.

All volunteers are welcome, regardless of legal background. No knowledge of the law is required. The volunteers’ primary tasks are gathering information from the detainees, which the CAIR Coalition legal team uses to evaluate cases for pro bono placement, and distributing materials with general legal information.

Spanish-speakers or speakers of other languages are needed to volunteer in particular. The majority of the immigrants detainees are from Central America or Mexico, but other languages such as French, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali, Arabic, Russian, Farsi, or Mandarin are also in need.

A light dinner will be served.

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