ICE detainee locator, Guide to Free immigrant legal help groups
This free guide reviews how to use the ICE detainee locator, six leading groups providing Free legal and other assistance to immigrant families, map to detention facilities, visitation programs and government office locators.
ICE detainee locator: Immigration detainee locator
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS) can locate immigration detainees in ICE custody that are 18 years or older. ICE offers two methods to search the immigration detainee locator database:
Search by A-Number: You can search by the Alien Registration Number. The A-Number is a unique eight- or nine-digit number assigned to a noncitizen at the time their A-File is created. An A-Number is the letter “A” followed by eight or nine numbers (such as A012345678).
Search by Biological Information: To search by name, a detainee's first and last names are required and must be an exact match (e.g., John Doe will not find Jon Doe or John Doe-Smith). You are required to provide the detainee's Country of Birth.
ICE hold immigration inmate search
If a foreign national has an "ICE hold," "immigration hold" or "immigration detainer" on them while in state or federal custody, they generally will not be released until the matter is resolved or bonded in a US immigration court.
Once an inmate has been transferred to federal ICE custody they can be located via the ICE detainee locator. If not yet in ICE custody, you will need to perform an inmate search in the local county jail system they are held in.
The Online ICE Detainee Locator will return “Not in Custody” if the detainee has been released or deported in the last 60 days.
ICE DETAINEE HOTLINE: 855 448-6903
ICE detention facilities: ice.gov/detention-facilities
Map of all U.S. immigration detention locations
The following map by Freedom for Immigrants shows immigration detention facilities and visitation programs in the U.S. including:
Community led visitation programs
ICE-operated detention facilities
Privately operated immigrant prisons
Federal bureau of prisons facilities with ICE detention
County and city operated immigrant jails
For information about visitation programs, visit Freedom for Immigrants →
Free legal help organizations for immigrants
These six organizations offer free legal help and other assistance to immigrants and their families:
1) Immigrant Families Together
Immigrant Families Together (IFT) is a non-profit network of Americans committed to rapid response unification of families separated by the 'zero tolerance' policy. IFT has mobilized to help parents currently detained through the following immediate actions:
Raising of bond funds through coordinated crowdfunding and individual giving in order to post bond for parents separated from their children at the US/Mexico Border. Bonds have recently been averaging $15,000 to $30,000 each, instead of the typical $1,500.
Paying bonds and providing pro bono legal representation to fulfill all legal responsibilities while awaiting trial so that they may be with their children.
Arranging safe transportation from state of detention to the city where children are currently in foster care.
When needed, finding longterm housing in the destination city while they await trial.
Connecting parents in cities with resources in order to sustain them during the process of being unified with their children.
Working with local organizations and government to expedite the process of achieving full custody of their children while they await trial.
IFT is also creating a toolkit to allow other concerned citizens to replicate their model in order to help bring parents back to their children across the country as quickly as possible.
2) Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project is a non-profit providing free legal services to men, women and unaccompanied minors in immigration custody in Arizona. According to the organization, an estimated 86 percent of those detained in Arizona would have no legal representation without their assistance.
3) Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees build their lives in America. The organization has made a profound difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have sought safety and hope in America’s communities.
American Lutherans have deep immigrant roots and a passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those most vulnerable and in need. LIRS's faith based organization partners with community-based legal and social service providers nationwide, to help people caught in conflict and facing persecution.
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a Texas-based non-profit committed to reuniting immigrant families and helping children feel safe. The agency provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant families to ensure fair treatment under US law.
RAICES aims to "directly fund the bond necessary to get parents out of detention and reunited with their children while awaiting court proceedings" and "ensure legal representation for EVERY child in Texas' immigration courts." In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 immigration cases at no cost to their clients.
5) Miles 4 Migrants
The innovative non-profit Miles 4 Migrants provides airfare to reunite separated immigrant families and relatives. They have collected more than 5.8 million airline frequent flier miles which are used to purchase airline tickets.
Microsoft and Angelina Jolie have partnered to create Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit focused on protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney. They strive for fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety, and well-being.
US Immigration & Customs
US CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION SERVICES
USCIS Los Angeles
300 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
USCIS Los Angeles office website
USCIS has California offices in Fresno, Imperial, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Chatsworth, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Santa Ana
Customer Service: 800-375-5283
Main website: uscis.gov
USCIS Office locator
US CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION
CBP Headquarters Washington DC
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, 20229
Info Center: 877-227-5511, 202-325-8000
Main website: cbp.gov
Office locator: cbp.gov/contact/ports
US IMMIGRATION COURTS
Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Main court website: justice.gov/eoir
Court information: justice.gov/eoir/about-office
Court locations: justice.gov/eoir/eoir-immigration-court-listing
US FEDERAL COURTS
Main court website: uscourts.gov
Court information: uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/court-role-and-structure/comparing-federal-state-courts
Court locator: uscourts.gov/court-locator
FLORIDA STATE COURTS
Main court website: flcourts.org
Court information: flcourts.org/florida-courts/
Court locations: flcourts.org/florida-courts/locations/court-locations.stml
Last updated 9.20.18