West County Detention Facility Community Fund
OVER $233,000 RAISED!
Over $229,000 of the WCDF Community Fund has been used to:
1) Bond out 40 people, with an average bond of $10,000
2) Make 22 direct support grants to struggling families with loved ones who are not eligible for bonds
3) Purchase 21 flights and bus trips so that people can be reunited with their families upon release or brought home to the Bay Area if they were transferred
We need your help to free detained individuals at West County Detention Facility
On July 10, 2018, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office announced that it is ending its contract with ICE at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California.
ICE rapidly transferred people detained at West County to Colorado, Washington, and other places that were far from their attorneys and families — and in some cases, to courts that follow a harsher interpretation of immigration law. ICE moved at lightening speed, and so must we. We are coordinating with local attorneys and legal services organizations to bond people out quickly, so they can come back home to continue their case in San Francisco immigration court and and fight for freedom.
This community fund will go directly to pay for bonds and assist with family expenses, including necessities like transportation to the detention facility, and costs for phone calls with loved ones who are detained. By raising money to help post bonds for those who cannot otherwise afford it, people who are detained will have the opportunity to reunite with their families and to fight their deportation cases with legal representation.
Families belong together in their communities where they can be safe and thrive, not separated from each other.
If you'd like to submit an application to receive assistance from the community fund, please click here.
Check out the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity's toolkit for hosting a Bond Fundraiser for the West County Detention Facility Community Fund.
Here are some of the individuals who've been reunited with their families: