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IDP coordinates the Comm/Unity Network, a cohort of national communicators dedicated to challenging the criminalization of immigrants. In October, we brought all our partners to NYC to strategize for 2020. 

Drawing upon a range of available research and the work of network members and community partners, this November Comm/Unity released Language for Liberation: A Playbook for Inclusive Immigration Messaging.

The Playbook is a resource for advocates working at the intersection of mass deportation and mass incarceration. It offers messaging recommendations for some of the most prominent issues that face our communities, including:

  • Decriminalizing migration/humane treatment at the border
  • “Sanctuary” policies
  • Gang issues
  • People in state prisons
  • Ending detention

The Playbook also offers a set of provocative guest essays that outline the history of policy and messaging on ‘enforcement issues.’

To read a short summary of recommendations, please click here

To request a copy of the Playbook, please click here. For additional information and resources, please contact Jon Rodney at jon (at) immdefense (dot) org.


The Comm/Unity Network is a collective of national communicators dedicated to challenging the criminalization of immigrants. Comm/Unity includes: Detention Watch Network, Freedom to Thrive (formerly Enlace), Grassroots Leadership, Immigrant Defense Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Just Futures Law, Latino Justice, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Law Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Southeast Asia Refugee Assistance Center, Undocublack, United We Dream, and is anchored by the Immigrant Defense Project.

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