Visitation Programs

CIVIC seeks to end the isolation and abuse of people in immigration detention by building and strengthening visitation programs.  We provide resources, training, and capacity building support to a network of visitation programs across the United States. Learn more about the benefits of visitation. If you are interested in starting a new visitation program, contact Jan Meslin at Or if you are interested in getting involved in the visitation movement, contact Rebecca Merton at
Through a collaborative process among visitation programs, we have affirmed the following five priorities for all visitation programs with the understanding that different programs may stress some priorities more than others:

1. Affirm the humanity of those in detention and accompany them through their journey
2. Advocate for the inherent dignity and human rights of our friends in detention
3. Educate the public on the realities of detention through personal stories and experiences
4. Be the “eyes and ears” of the detention facilities to hold government officials accountable
5. Provide services and friendship to the families of those in detention and post-release support to those who are released or deported

There are 43 community-led visitation programs in 19 states in CIVIC’s network. For more information, please contact us at


Prospective Programs

CIVIC is working with prospective programs in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.


Former Visitation Programs

The following facilities either closed or no longer have a contract with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement: Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Middlesex County Jail, California City Correctional Center, Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility, and Rappahannock County Jail.