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Bring “Deportation 101” to Your Community!

August 1, 2010

Is your community facing mass detentions and deportations?  Do you need legal and organizing resources to fight back?


Deportation 101 offers basics on detention and deportation and provides guidance on how to organize YOUR community.

This nationally renowned training and curriculum is designed for a wide range of service providers, organizers, and advocates. This training works best for community leaders and people directly affected by detention and deportation.

In a 1-2 day training, you will be provided with a Deportation 101 manual and get:

  • Overviews of the criminal justice & deportation systems
  • Practical tips and advocacy strategies for people facing or at risk of deportation
  • Local and national resources and referrals
  • Info on programs like the Criminal Alien Program, 287(g), & Secure Communities
  • Ideas for addressing the needs of immigrant families
  • Discussions on current and future organizing strategies
  • Analysis of current immigration reform proposals


See a sample manual [PDF] here

Detention Watch Network, Families for Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild are looking to collaborate with a local community-based organization with broad relationships in their community to co-sponsor a Deportation 101 training in 2010-early 2011.

If you’re interested in working with us to bring a training to your community, please send an email to Silky Shah at sshah(at) by Wednesday August 11, 2010 with your answers to the following questions. Please note that your responses can be informal and there is no suggested length.

1. What is your interest in bringing a Deportation 101 training to your community? What kinds of immigration enforcement issues are you seeing in your community? How do you see Deportation 101 as helpful to your work?

2. How familiar would you say you and your organization are with deportation and criminal-immigration issues?

3. Local partners for Deportation 101 assume responsibilities for both outreach and logistics (e.g., securing space, providing food, setting up equipment). There is a $3,000 stipend for the local partner as well as limited funding available to cover logistical costs. What capacity do you have to engage in these activities?

4. We also encourage local partners to work with us along the way to shape parts of the training and to lead relevant discussions. Please describe your interest and ability to work with us on the substantive parts of the training.

5. What special requests, if any, do you have for what the Deportation 101 training should cover or emphasize?

If you have questions about Deportation 101, please contact Silky Shah at sshah(at)

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