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.