(scroll to the bottom for a current (and growing) list of resources in response to the Trump administration’s executive order)
How Do I Find Someone in U.S. Immigration Detention?
ICE Detainee Locator : Use this online search tool to locate people who are currently in ICE custody or who have been released within the last 60 days.
Contact ICE’s Public Advocate at the ICE Community Helpline at 1-888-351-4024. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Mon-Fri.
Please contact us here at First Friends. Phone: (908) 965-0455. email: firstname.lastname@example.org *The ICE Detainee Locator is not always accurate. We are here to help you!
How Do I Find My Loved One’s Court Date?
Immigration Court information: 1-800-898-7180. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), has created this Immigration Court toll-free information about immigration cases through an automated system, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
*If your lawyer is NOT listed by the websites above, please take the following precautions:
Only go to an Attorney or a BIA Accredited Representative.
An Attorney must have a license to practice law – Ask to see their law license.
A BIA Accredited Representative must be accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and work for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals – Ask to see their accreditation documents.
Notarios, Notaries or Notary Publics are NOT Attorneys or BIA Accredited Representative and they cannot give legal advice.
To file a complaint against a Notario in English or Spanish call 1-877-382-4357.
The bond is an amount of money paid to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to guarantee that you will appear in court for all of your hearings and obey the orders of the immigration judge. If you are in immigration detention, you may ask a judge to order your release if you can get money for a bond.
If you follow all of the judge’s orders, the money will be returned at the end of the court proceedings (regardless of whether you win or lose). However, if you do not appear in court for all of your hearings, the money will not be returned and you may be removed or deported by the immigration judge.
The bond hearing is just to decide whether you can be released if you pay a bond. Sometimes, the bond hearing is held on the same day as the “Master Calender” hearing.
*You will not be released with a bond if you were detained while entering the United States (you can apply for parole), or if you have been convicted of a serious crime. Most criminal convictions make you ineligible for bond. You will have to remain in detention while you fight your immigration case.
I Have Been Granted Asylum, Now What Do I Do?
Visit the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website for information. People granted asylum are eligible for assistance, including: job placement, English language classes, cash assistance, and medical assistance. You can click on your state on this map to find local resources. A one page outreach flyer for asylees is available on the ORR website in 9 languages.