Accompaniment

Sanctuary DMV Accompaniment Project

There have been several cases of migrants being detained after going for a routine ICE check-in. They literally disappear without being allowed to inform their friends or relatives, creating panic among their loved ones.

By volunteering to accompany migrants to ICE check-ins, immigration, and other court hearings, you are showing solidarity and helping to ease the anxiety of interacting with the legal system, reducing the likelihood of detention with your presence, and keeping relatives or lawyers informed in case the person with you is detained. This will be a huge help to efforts to find ways to stop the actual deportation.

ICE check-ins are at ICE field offices in Fairfax (for migrants living in VA or DC) or Baltimore (for those living in MD). Court dates are at courts, naturally, including metro-accessible locations in DC. Appointments will be during working hours on weekdays, except some court appointments may be on Saturdays. In many cases waiting times are quite long, so you may need to block off several hours or an entire day.

If you are interested in volunteering to accompany migrants, please fill out this form. You’ll be added to our volunteer database and we’ll be in touch with you about next steps. We are currently working with local service providers to develop a training for volunteers so that you know what to expect during accompaniment and how to respond to different situations that may arise.