December 1, 2017 - 10:00 AM / 12:00 PM
Ontario United Methodist Church
Join us on December 1, 2017 in a training with CIVIC to learn how you can visit and support people held in immigration detention!
Immigrants and refugees are suffering in detention centers across Southern California in deplorable and immoral conditions. Each year, there are approximately 400,000 people being held in jails and private prisons; many parents are unjustly separated from their children and some suffer in solitary confinement. This is a moral crisis and there is an urgent need to visit and offer care to people in detention centers who are being denied basic human rights. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is committed to ending US immigration detention “by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community based alternatives to detention and advocating for system change”(endisolation.org)
Come to learn about conditions within the detention centers across Southern California and to receive detailed training tools for visiting detained persons. This will be an important time for people of faith and conscious to develop a deeper understanding about the crisis facing many in our communities and to put this understanding into action. After the training, our hope is that faith and community members across Southern California will continue the struggle for justice for our immigrant brother and sisters by:
• Educating their communities on the suffering of immigrants at local detention centers
• Coordinating visits to detention centers with members of their communities
• Advocating for system change
• Joining in support of CIVIC programs
For further information, please contact Guillermo Torres (323) 228-2753 or Cathy Speaks (909) 986-6641.
This is an event co-sponsored by the California-Pacific Conference Justice and Compassion Essential Ministry Team.