What is Accompaniment?
Being alongside immigrants and their families as they attend immigration, criminal, traffic, and family court as well as ICE check ins.
Accompaniment is a strategy of accountability. Community presence in the court room serves to bear witness to the immigration system and enforce accountability from judges, lawyers and courts.
Accompaniment is a strategy of collective liberation. We recognize a responsibility to more deeply understand how institutions deny people humanity and dignity based on race, gender, ability, ethnicity and language in order to demand and make change.
Accompaniment is a strategy of activism. By being in court 3-5 times per week, we are able to track how policies and practices manifest on the ground and collaborate with human rights defenders locally and nationally to change immigration policy.
Accompaniment is faith in action. It is practicing an unwavering dedication to seeing the life and value intrinsic in every person.