What Funders Need to Know About Immigration Detention: A Primer on the U.S. System - A Webinar Hosted by GCIR

Thursday, July 19, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:15pm 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.*

Every morning, roughly 38,000 men, women, and children wake up in the custody of the United States’ immigration detention system. This sprawling system has facilities scattered throughout the country, often owned and run by private contractors, and many located in isolated rural areas.

As scrutiny of these facilities have grown, concerns have multiplied. Immigrants have died in detention. Certain facilities are so cold they’ve earned the nickname ‘hieleras’—Spanish for ‘iceboxes.’ Pregnant women report being denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and otherwise mistreated. Analysis shows that humane and effective alternatives, such as case management programs, cost a fraction of detention: around $36/day versus roughly $300/day in some facilities. These concerns and others have led many to argue for other options.

  • How detention systems work
  • Who operates these facilities and what is known about the conditions
  • How philanthropy is engaging in this area
  • Current updates on family separation and detention


  • Bob Libal, Executive Director, Grassroots Leadership
  • Victoria López, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU
  • Karen Lucas, Immigration Justice Campaign Director, AIC

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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 July 18.
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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