Detained friends find themselves isolated from all contact with family and friends with limited information about what will happen to them or what they can do improve their situation.

By visiting detained friends at the jails or detention centers (at the Elizabeth Detention Center, the Hudson County Correctional Center, the Bergen County Jail and at Essex County Correctional Center), you can provide much needed contact with the outside world, emotional support, and a path to other services. If you speak fluent Spanish, we especially need your help.  Please call (908) 965-0455 or contact us online to learn more about becoming a volunteer visitor. 

Need help for your family member or friend?

First Friends can provide your family member or friend in immigration detention with someone who can visit them on a regular basis. Have your family member or friend call the First Friends Hotline numbers below to request a visit.  The Hotline number is also posted in each of the jails and detention centers.

Bergen:  *9011# and *9012#
EDC:  #8996 or #8996
Essex:  #96 or #97
HCCJ:  *9006# & *9008#

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