We work to build the capacity of advocates and directly-impacted individuals to respond to criminal-immigration issues and support policy advocacy efforts through community education. In response to community demands, we provide legal support to community-based organizations that support base building efforts and fortify the advocacy power of their membership, and design and conduct trainings about the current deportation system as well as recent trends that immigrants who have had contact with the criminal legal system.
IDP Train-the Trainers
Deportation 101 is a training tool that educates and builds the capacity of immigrant and criminal justice service providers, immigrant leaders, and community organizers to respond to their members’ and clients’ interactions with the criminal justice system. It functions as a free, 1-2 day-long seminar on the criminal-immigration system, accompanied by a 1500+-page manual developed jointly in 2005 by IDP and Families for Freedom. Detention Watch Network and National Immigration Project, who contributed to an expansion of Deportation 101 in 2007, now also serve as important partners in developing and presenting these trainings. The curriculum has been tailored for particular state and regional needs and provides detailed background on the deportation system; basic steps to address the needs of someone facing deportation; and an overview of tactics and strategies to build case campaigns and respond to detention abuse. In response to high demand, it now also includes expanded sections on ICE ACCESS programs – including thorough explanations of what S-Comm, Criminal Alien Program, and 287(g) are and how they work, how detainers function as the primary tool to transfer immigrants from the criminal justice to the deportation system through these programs, and how campaigns across the country are challenging these programs. We have used Deportation 101 to train more than one thousand people around the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, the Washington DC metropolitan area, Texas, and Illinois. Our manual is available here in English and Spanish.