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The Detention Project provides legal orientation and representation to immigrant adults and children who are held by the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement in immigration detention.

Experienced National Immigrant Justice Center staff attorneys and paralegals also visit immigration detention centers in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky to conduct presentations explaining to detained immigrants what their rights are under U.S. immigration law. During these visits, detained individuals may meet one-on-one with NIJC staff members and may obtain legal representation for their immigration case.

Who We Can Help

Contact information for the Detention Project intake line should be posted near the phones at Illinois and Wisconsin detention centers so that detained individuals can locate legal aid. Family members and friends may also contact NIJC on behalf of loved ones who are detained.

NIJC monitors detention conditions and reports of mistreatment and human rights violations against detained immigrants in jails throughout the country. While NIJC cannot promise to respond to every inquiry, we make note of every complaint we receive and make our best effort to bring serious issues to the attention of the appropriate authorities.