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Deportation 101

deportation101Deportation 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’ needs as they interact with the criminal justice system.

It functions as a free, 1-2 day-long seminar on the criminal-immigration system, accompanied by a 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 Deportation 101 curriculum has been tailored to particular state and regional needs and provides

  • detailed background on the deportation system;
  • basic steps to address the needs of someone facing deportation;
  • an overview of tactics and strategies to use in building case campaigns and responding to abuse in detention.

In response to high demand, it now also includes

  • expanded sections on ICE ACCESS programs – including thorough explanations of S-Comm, Criminal Alien Program, and 287(g);
  • the role of detainers as the primary tool to transfer immigrants from the criminal justice to the deportation system through these programs;
  • how campaigns across the country are challenging these programs.

We have used Deportation 101 to train more than 1,000 people around the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington DC, Texas, and Illinois. The manual is available here in English and Spanish.

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