A Primer on Divesting from Immigrant Detention - A Webinar Hosted by GCIR

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm EDT
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*This program is hosted by our partner, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.*

When families and unaccompanied children seeking asylum at the border and long-time residents living in our communities are detained by immigration enforcement, they are most often sent to privately owned and operated prisons and detention centers. The companies that run these facilities, which have quadrupled in number over the last decade, profit as separations and detentions increase, as do their shareholders. These companies are simultaneously expanding their capacity to influence immigration-related policies.

Divestment by foundations from the prison industrial complex is a critical part of the battle against mass incarceration for communities of color. Foundations who have been grantmaking to support the movement to reduce mass incarceration have also embarked on an analysis of the investment side of their organizations to divest from prison companies. A growing number of foundations are making grants to prevent families being separated by our immigration system, to reduce detention of immigrants and asylum seekers, and to prevent the trauma and abuse that occur in detention. Yet many institutions simultaneously remain invested in the immigration private prisons, and even the larger prison industrial complex that profit from these practices against all communities of color.

  • How foundations can divest from the prison industrial complex
  • How philanthropy can follow in the footsteps of recent divestment decisions by JPMorgan Chase & Co, New York State, the United Methodist Church, and General Electric, among others
  • How to raise these issues at your foundation and positively engage investment committees
  • How divestment is part of a spectrum of corporate accountability measures


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All interested funders. Please note that calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)


Registration is required by June 24th
Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Dial-in and webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.
Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with any questions.

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