Editorial Note:   There are 265 detention centers operating throughout the U.S.   There are 12 in Arizona, 24 in California, 7 in Illinois, 10 in Pennsylvania.  There are 36 in Texas.  The largest detention centers hold as many as 1100 persons.  Karnes family detention in Texas holds about 600.  CLICK here for “Detention By the Numbers.”

 The need for legal services is greater than ever since the imposition of the Zero Tolerance policy of the Trump administration.  

Parking lot of South Texas Detention Center (Pearsall, TX). Photo by WOB (2014).


Legal and Education Services for detained immigrants

ACLU Immigrant Rights Project 

Global Family Legal Services (Arizona)

Center for Legal Assistance (Boston area)

TODEC Legal Services (Riverside, CA)

National Immigrant Justice Center (Chicago/Indiana)

Immigrant Legal Center (Iowa) 

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (Chicago)

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in Harlingen, TX

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES, TX)

Texas Civil Rights Project 

Justice for Our Neighbors (Dallas)

ICS NonProfit Immigration Advocates (OREGON)

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Wash State)

Lawyer Resources

Handbook for legal aid attorneys: Human Rights in the U.S.A. (pdf download)

Immigration Advocates Network Directory (Nationwide)

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)