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Part 1: On the Inside: Stories from Immigration Detention

Part One, “On the Inside: Stories from Immigration Detention,” provides introductory readings and resources for understanding the U.S. immigration detention system and a list of immigration detention story projects.


Understanding the Immigration Detention System

Introductory readings









Use Freedom for Immigrants' interactive map of all U.S. immigration detention facilities to locate a facility near you:


Documentary: Lost in Detention, PBS (2011)

Freedom for Immigrants, Call Me Libertad: Poems Between Borders

Freedom for Immigrants, Detention Stories: Life Inside California's New Angel Island


Freedom for Immigrants, Community Bonds: Life Inside Immigration Detention in Massachusetts:

Freedom for Immigrants and NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, Prolonged Detention Stories

Freedom for Immigrants, “Words Beyond Walls” in

States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories

CultureStrike, Visions from the Inside 2015 and 2016

Detention Watch Network, Voices from Detention:

Immigrant Defense Project, Indefensible Podcast Series

American Friends Service Committee, Stories of Detention

Greg Constantine, Seven Doors: Stories of Immigration Detention

A list of migration podcasts curated by Will Coley