On July 25, 2012 at 8pm EST, Standing on the Side of Love will host an online training, “Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention: Starting a Visitation Program.”
This webinar will be led by Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that works with communities across the country to abolish for-profit prisons, jails, and detention centers and strives to reduce criminalization and incarceration. Bob Libal is Grassroots Leadership’s Senior Organizer and incoming Interim Executive Director. Bob headed Grassroots Leadership’s Campaign to End Immigrant Family Detention, an effort that successfully contributed to ending family detention at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas. Libal serves as co-chair of the national Detention Watch Network steering committee, and as editor of the Texas Prison Bid’ness blog which monitors the private prison industry in Texas.
More than 34,000 people are detained in the U.S. every day, and nearly 400,000 passed through this system every year, without regard to them being recently-arrived, asylum-seekers, long-time residents, or permanent legal residents convicted of minor criminal offenses.
Through this webinar training, people will learn why and how to start a visitation program with information from other successful visitation programs that have resulted in hundreds of visits to detained immigrant and asylum-seeking women in the past year.
Sign up here if you are interested in this July 25 webinar, and you’ll receive additional information as the webinar date approaches.