Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention is an all volunteer organization that helps immigrants in the 8 Louisiana detention centers and 1 Mississippi detention center in Natchez. LA-AID hopes by fostering connections between volunteers, communities, and detained immigrants we can make a difference in perceptions and policy. LA-AID Volunteers write letters to people in detention, advocate for humane treatment and medical care, and provide transportation, meals, and overnight hosting for released immigrants as they travel to their family/sponsor. We are not attorneys and do not do legal work for immigrants.
Mail: LA-AID, P.O. Box 51441, Lafayette, LA 70505
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaAid
Below is a list of Louisiana Immigration attorneys with pro bono organization that do free legal work, a sample sponsor letter for family to fill out and mail to the detained immigrant, a list of agencies that may pay bond for an immigrant, a list of agencies that may act as a sponsor for someone detained who has no family or sponsor in the U.S., an application form for GCIC legal pro bono legal work Immigrants need a sponsor within the U.S.A. to receive release.
Please help by volunteering or donating.
From 2016 to 2019, Louisiana went from having one immigration detention center to having 12, currently now 8, most located in rural areas far from major population centers. In response to the rapid growth of for-profit detention centers in Louisiana, LA-AID was formed in late 2019. We work in cooperation with many national and local organizations; Freedom for Immigrants, Raíces, and Voces Unidas to name a few.
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 primarily help released immigrants get to the nearest Airport or greyhound bus station so they maybe reunited with their family. Seven of the detention centers are an hour and a half from the nearest airport or full service greyhound 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.
Transport hotline and LAAID Chairperson: Michelle MacFadyen
Community Outreach Coordinator: Amélie Desormeaux
Pen Pal Project:Carol Stubbs
Central Louisiana Group
Leslie Elliottsmith LA-AID co-Treasurer
Elisabeth Grant-Gibson transport 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)