Disbursed to Date
One hundred percent of donations goes directly to bonds (minus credit card fees of 2-3% if that is how you choose to give). Even better, after each case is resolved, the bond money is returned to our fund. That means your donation will go on helping more detained individuals.
Immigrants come to the United States from every continent—and we’re here for all of them. So far, we’ve helped detained people who come from 25 countries: Brazil, Burundi, China, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Eritrea, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Nicaragua, Poland, Peru, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, Venezuela. But the bond fund is open to all immigrants, regardless of country of origin.
Why it Matters
A better chance of winning.
Those that have an attorney are twice as likely to win their cases. People released from detention are five times as likely to secure an attorney. Individuals that are bonded out and have an attorney are twenty times more likely to win.
Detention is inhumane.
Those who can’t pay bond can end up incarcerated for extended periods under terrible conditions at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Some simply give up and “self-deport,” even though the vast majority have a good chance of winning.
Better for communities.
Bonded individuals can return home, continue working, supporting their families, and contributing to our communities until their cases are resolved.
For-profit bond-securers prey on the vulnerable.
Detainees who use these services face years of abusive practices like electronic ankle bracelets and sky-high interest payments, typically paying thousands of dollars per year in interest.
A waste of taxpayer money.
It costs about $145/day to detain one person at the Northwest Detention Center. Bonding out detainees who can’t otherwise afford it would save an estimated $13 million per year.
“If it weren’t for the organizations that helped us pay the bail bond, we wouldn’t be here. I thank God that we made it to the United States, because there are really good people here.“
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