In July, after years of pressure from local activists, Contra Costa County Sheriff Livingston announced that he is canceling his office’s contract with ICE. Currently, more than 150 immigrants are being held at the West County Detention Facility (WCDF), the county jail in Richmond. The relationship with ICE will end this fall.
Now that the contract is being canceled, it is more urgent than ever that the immigrants currently detained at WCDF are released, so that they can be reunited with their families and communities while they wait for their court dates. ICE will likely try to transfer detainees to other facilities, far away from their families and support networks.
Freedom for Immigrants and other local organizations are urgently in need of donations to post bond for these detainees.
What you can do to help:
Donate to the Bond Fund! Bond for each detainee is in the thousands of dollars. The bond fund has already raised more than $100,000, but they will need more than $1 million to bond out all of the immigrants detained at WCDF. Donate here.
Volunteer to help detained immigrants and their families! Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC) coordinates volunteers to visit with immigrants in detention and support them and their families. Learn more here - if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Immigration team leads at firstname.lastname@example.org.