What We Do:
Provide support for a local family
In Spring of 2017, a small group of concerned community members came together to provide support for a Guatemalan family seeking asylum. Allies for Immigration Justice is part of that group. We are deeply grateful for the generous donors who have made it possible to continue.
You can learn more about this family on our donation page.
Visit Immigrants Being Held in Detention in Bakersfield
Due to COVID-19, visitation is temporarily suspended.
Mesa Verde is a private-for-profit detention facility in Bakersfield where asylum seekers and people contesting their deportation orders are detained. A volunteer group, called Kern Welcoming and Extending Solidarity to Immigrants (KWESI) runs a volunteer-based visitation program offering people friendship and a connection to the outside world.
Allies for Immigration Justice organizes regular trips from San Luis Obispo to the detention center.
You do not need to be able to speak Spanish in order to visit.