By volunteering to accompany migrants to ICE check-ins, immigration, and other court hearings, you are showing solidarity and helping to ease the anxiety of interacting with the legal system, reducing the likelihood of detention with your presence, and keeping relatives or lawyers informed in case the person with you is detained. This will be a huge help to efforts to find ways to stop the actual deportation.
ICE check-ins are at ICE field offices in Fairfax (for migrants living in VA or DC) or Baltimore (for those living in MD). Court dates are at courts, naturally, including metro-accessible locations in the DC area. Appointments will be during working hours on weekdays, except some court appointments may be on Saturdays. In many cases waiting times are quite long, so you may need to block off several hours or an entire day.
Language skills other than English, and access to a car, are useful but by no means necessary.
Before you can accompany someone, you'll need to do a training on what to expect, roles & responsibilities, etc. After you fill out this form, you'll be added to a listserv that we use to announce when trainings will take place. We have not yet scheduled our next training.
Thank you for your interest!