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Jail Visits

Help us build relationships with new and potential clients.

Join monthly trips to immigrant detention facilities to inform people about the detention process, their rights, and ways to fight deportation.

Join jail visits


Be sure to review this information before you sign up for a jail visit.

If you still have questions after reading these FAQs, send a message to We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Ask about jail visits

  • Because you will be led by Amica Center staff members, no prior experience is necessary. However…

    – Spanish speakers, as well as speakers of other languages are highly desired. A working proficiency in Spanish is preferred, but not required. We have a limited number of English-only spots on each jail visit (typically 1-2 spots).

    – All volunteers must attend a virtual jail visit training (1.5 hours).

    – You must complete the volunteer signup form, National Sex Offender Public Website name search consent form, various Department of Justice forms, and a Caroline Detention Facility background release form (if attending a Caroline jail visit).

    – Jail policy only permits U.S. citizens, green card holders, and people with certain valid visas to enter the facilities. Because of the background checks, jail visit volunteers must also have a Social Security Number. If you are on a visa or have another status in the U.S., please let us know.

    – You will be required to submit a COVID-19 vaccine self-certification form proving you are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

  • Jail visits are full-day commitments.

    Volunteers must be in the jail parking lot by 7:45 am for the Caroline Detention Facility and by 8:45 am for the Farmville Detention Center. Jail visits begin at 8 am for Caroline Detention Facility and 9 am for the Farmville Detention Center and typically conclude at 5 pm. If you are local to the DC area, you can expect to leave for the jail around 5-5:30 am and get home between 7-9 pm. Volunteers who can commit to multiple visits per year are preferred.

  • You are responsible for securing your own transportation to and from the jails.

    If you have a car and are willing to carpool with other volunteers, please let the volunteer team know when you sign up. If you do not have a car and will need a ride, you should also let the volunteer team know so that we can help connect you with those who are willing to carpool. Since Amica Center staff attend two-day jail visits, we cannot provide transportation for volunteers to and from one-day jail visits. We will need volunteers with cars to help us transport other volunteers on one-day jail visits.

  • Connect with people and Amica Center clients in immigration detention.

    You will conduct intakes with people who are detained and deliver follow-up messages to people our team has spoken to before. Usually this will be in Spanish, though at times it will take place in English or another language. Regardless, there will always be Amica Center Legal Orientation Program staff available to guide you through the visit and answer questions.

  • Yes.

    A 1.5 hour long virtual training is mandatory for all new jail visit volunteers.

Let’s get started

We can’t wait to work with you!

Follow these steps to sign up for individual volunteer opportunities and join the community of supporters who help bring our mission to life. We’ll get back to you within a week with next steps.

  • Before you can sign up for any programs or training, be sure to fully read our volunteer agreement. You’ll be asked to e-sign the agreement on the volunteer signup form in the next step.

    Read volunteer agreement

  • Next, you need a volunteer account. GivePulse is the platform we use to post volunteer updates, share important forms, and more. It’s completely free, and we’re here to help with any questions. After creating your account, be sure to complete the sign-up form to tell us about yourself, the volunteer opportunity you’re interested in, and your areas of expertise.

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