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 provide legal representation for immigrants.
Below is legal information and resources to help immigrants in detention :
- Freedom for Immigrants Bond fund application https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/support-request-form-full?support_needs=bond_assistance&in_ca_la=true&has_visitation_association=&vpa=
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 may be reunited with their families. 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, MS, Alexandria, Shreveport, Ruston, and Monroe. LA-AID is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Transport hotline and LAAID Chairperson: Michelle MacFadyen
Community Outreach Coordinator: Amélie Desormeaux
Pen Pal Project: Carol Stubbs
Nell Hahn – CUPS coordinator
Central Louisiana Group
Leslie Elliottsmith LA-AID co-Treasurer
Frances Kelley Transport Winn, Jackson, Jena Detention Centers, Political Advocacy
Judith Howard Transport Winn, Jackson, Jena Detention Centers
Mara Loeb Transport Richwood
Transportation Network Statewide
Frances Kelley (Shreveport), Mara Loeb (Monroe), Michelle MacFadyen* (*Coordinator; Lafayette), Joy Owensby (Alexandria), Judith Howard (Ruston)
Elisabeth Grant-Gibson transport Adams, River Detention Centers
And many other volunteers who serve the cause!