If you believe that a loved one is being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
A list of detention facilities is listed on ICE’s website at: http://www.ice.gov/pi/dro/facilities.htm
If you called all facilities but still cannot locate your loved one:
You have called ICE, but they do not have your love one’s information, you can try calling the U.S. Marshall’s office nearest the detention facility.
Caution: Sometimes the U.S. Marshalls will restrict ICE’s ability to give information about the detainee’s identity if the detainee will testify for the U.S. government in a federal case (e.g., against a smuggler).
U.S. Marshall district offices: http://www.usmarshals.gov/contacts/districts.html
Asking for Bond
How to Get Released on Bond? If your loved one has been detained, he or she may ask an immigration judge
to order his or her release under bond while his or her case is pending.
Is my loved one eligible? The immigration judge will consider two factors when deciding whether to grant, reduce or increase a bond:
- Whether your loved one will be a danger to the community and
- Whether your loved one will be a flight risk if released.
Caution: A judge cannot order a loved one’s release or set a bond if he or she was detained while entering the United States or if he or she has been convicted of serious crimes (although some exceptions apply). Consult an attorney to discuss whether your loved one is eligible for a bond.
What is Bond? A bond is an amount of money paid to the Department of Homeland Security to guarantee that the detainee will appear in court for all of his or her hearings and obey the immigration judge’s order.
Will we get this Bond back? If your loved one attends all of his or her hearings, and obeys the judge’s order, then the money will be returned to the person who paid the bond at the end of the proceedings (regardless of whether he or she wins or loses).
If your loved one does not appear in court, the money will not be returned and he or she may be ordered removed or deported by the immigration judge.
Source of Information: Data compiled from various sources, including the National Immigrant Justice Center, www.immigrantjustice.org.