The work of First Friends is unique — no other immigrants rights organization has the mission to visit the numbers of detainees in as many facilities as we do. We are always looking for help in the following areas (fill out the form below to get involved):

Group Volunteer


We make personal contact with detainees to assure them that their dignity is respected and to facilitate a channel for contacting those outside of the detention system. Visit immigrant detainees at the Elizabeth Detention Center (EDC), the Hudson County Correctional Center (HCCC), the Bergen County Jail (BCJ) and at Essex County Correctional Center-Delaney Hall (DH). Training and access for visiting are provided by First Friends. Hundreds of detainees are requesting visits because they have no one, be a first friend to one of them today! Urgent need for Spanish speakers.

Pen Pals

We need volunteers who can write to detainees regularly. This is a great opportunity for those who are house-bound or who are not able to visit the detention centers.

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Join hundreds of other like-minded supporters striving to make a difference for detained immigrants and asylum seekers. Your attendance matters — visit our Facebook Events page and join us at our next gathering.

Advocacy Advocate

We hope to engage all volunteers and the rest of the public in our advocacy efforts under the name of First Friends. Follow our website. Follow us on Facebook, and Twitter. Help us spread the word about immigrant justice and the need to end mass detention.

If you're interested in getting involved, please fill out the form below or call us at 908-965-0455 for more information.

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