Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention is a volunteer-run organization formed in the fall of 2019 in response to the increased population of detained immigrants in Louisiana for-profit ICE detention centers. There are currently 8 detention centers in Louisiana and one in Natchez, MS.
From 2016 to 2019, Louisiana went from having one immigration detention center to having 12, most located in rural areas far from major population centers. Cooperating with national organizations Freedom for Immigrants and Raíces, and local groups in Louisiana and Mississippi like Voces Unidas, we attempt to respond to the needs of people in ICE detention. Volunteers write to people in detention, advocate for appropriate treatment and medical care, provide transportation/overnight hosting for released immigrants as they travel to their family/sponsor; and have provided funds for their detention center commissary accounts which pays for phone calls, postage, food, toiletries, and over-the-counter medicine.
LA-AID hopes that by fostering connections between volunteers, communities and immigrants in ICE detention, we will raise public awareness about the tax dollar waste, injustice, and inhumanity of the system of immigration detention in the United States, particularly in Louisiana.
Please help by volunteering or donating.
DONATE via Paypal or Venmo@LouisianaAID (select business in the tab) or send a check or money order payable to Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention to our P.O. Box 51441, Lafayette, LA 70505 .
Monies are used primarily to help released immigrants get to the nearest Airport or greyhound bus station so they may travel to their family. Seven of the detention centers are an hour to an hour and a half from the nearest airport or bus station.
LA-AID has volunteer groups in Acadiana, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Natchez, Alexandria, Shreveport, Ruston, and Monroe. The Acadiana Group of LA-AID is a division of the 501(c)(3) organization Communities Uniting in Prayer and Service (CUPS) and support of immigrants is faith-based for some of us, although we are not all Christian nor all religious.
Mail: LA-AID, P.O. Box 51441, Lafayette, LA 70505
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaAid
Community Outreach Coordinator: Amélie Desormeaux
Fundraising: Karen Alford, Amélie Desormeaux
Immigrant Perspective: Martha X (contact via Karen Alford)
Interpretation: Nell Hahn (Spanish)
Legal Support Information (BorderX, Fraihat): Nell Hahn
Pen Pal Project: Michelle MacFadyen, Carol Stubbs
Treasurers: Nell Hahn
Central Louisiana Group
Leslie Elliottsmith LA-AID co-Treasurer, Medical Advocacy Winn, Jena, Jackson detention centers
Elisabeth Grant-Gibson Adams, River Detention Centers
Frances Kelley Transport Winn, Jackson, Jena Detention Centers, Political Advocacy
Madison Poche LA-AID co-Treasurer
Judith Howard Transport Winn, Jackson, Jena Detention Centers
Mara Loeb Transport Richwood
Transportation Network Statewide
Karen Alford (Eunice), Frances Kelley (Shreveport), Mara Loeb (Monroe), Michelle MacFadyen* (*Coordinator; Lafayette), Joy Owensby (Alexandria)