LIRS knows that our newest American neighbors provide amazing gifts to our existing communities. But after their long journeys to find better lives here, many migrants find themselves separated from their families and even incarcerated for lengthy periods of time. To combat such injustice, LIRS works with survivors of torture who are now imprisoned in our American jails, and we collaborate with a nationwide team of volunteers and legal professionals to provide support for migrants who have been released.
We also proactively combat the inhumane practice of family detention. We provide emergency assistance to mothers and children who are released and then simply left to fend for themselves. In 2015, we also piloted a program to provide case management services to families released from detention, and we successfully made the case to the US government to release more families and provide more humane—and cost-effective—alternatives to detention.