Formed in 1997 in response to the rapid growth of the immigration detention system in the United States, The Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a network of individuals and organizations working in support of, and in service to, immigrants in detention and at risk of detention. Network members include organizations providing legal, health, spiritual, peer support and other social services to those in immigration detention and their families, organizations and individuals advocating on behalf of those in immigration detention, and individuals personally affected by draconian detention policies. All are concerned about the vast increase of asylum seekers and immigrants who are subject to detention, and the lack of protection for the rights of those detained.

There are currently 22,000 people in immigration detention on any given day. Detained individuals suffer from separation from their families and neglect of their basic civil and human rights. Asylum seekers often languish behind bars for months, and even years, while their asylum claims are being considered. Long-time, legal permanent residents with minor criminal convictions are being detained and deported without judicial review. Many long-term detainees remain isolated and forgotten in administrative custody.

DWN is the only national coalition in the United States that addresses the growing problem of immigrant detention and the detention crisis head-on, and helps people who are affected by immigration detention make their voices heard. DWN assists members to accomplish detention reform by:

* Acting as the focal point for immigration detention issues;
* Organizing and coordinating advocacy efforts of its members.
* Convening an annual conference to train immigration practitioners and advocates, and to share information and strategy;
* Broadening and diversifying its membership to strengthen its voice for immigration detention reform;
* Providing key support for members' advocacy efforts through the synthesis and distribution of information, training, and networking opportunities.

DWN membership is a unique opportunity to meet, learn from and collaborate with others who also care about the plight of immigrants in the U.S. detention and deportation system. To learn more about becoming a DWN member, visit www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/joindwn.

You can also support the mission of DWN by giving a donation at www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/donate. Make a one-time donation or setup a recurring monthly gift. We welcome all levels of donation. Thank you for your support!

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The DWN Listserve is an unmoderated space open to DWN members, allies, and supporters who are concerned about the U.S. detention and deportation system to exchange ideas, news and events. The list is not open to media and government employees. If you are a member of the media or a government employee and would like to receive updates from DWN, please send your request to program@detentionwatchnetwork.org. To subscribe to the DWN Listserve, register at: www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/listserve.

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