LA-AID Transportation Hotline

Our small but mighty group of volunteers in Louisiana and Mississippi came together in late 2019 to create Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention (LA-AID). One of our primary tasks is to provide transportation for released immigrants. We have transported over 1000 immigrants in just January – April, 2021 to airports and bus stations to get to their families/sponsors. It is not complicated, but it’s a big job! To make that work we need to know when immigrants will be released.

The need: Volunteers for the LA-AID Transportation Hotline

The detention centers are in rural areas hours from airport/bus locations. The hotline (833-648-4253 or 833-MiViaje) is used to organize the daily pickup of immigrants from the 8 detention centers in Louisiana and one near Natchez, Mississippi.  Volunteers can do this from their homes. The LA-AID team receives about 200 calls per week on their personal phones, so if volunteers can take some of these calls for them, it will lighten the load of LA-AID volunteers. 

Interested in learning more? 

This might be a good volunteer opportunity if you 

  • are comfortable having a conversation in Spanish over the phone 
  • are a reasonably detail-oriented person
  • have some availability to take calls during one-hour shifts (more, if you would like) during the Mon – Fri, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (Central Time) window

If you want to learn more, please complete this form, and we will send you links to our training materials.

If you have questions, you can email us at laaidtransport@gmail.com 

Thank you!