Diverse National Coalition to take on mass incarceration & immigration enforcement

We are currently in the struggle to end criminalization, incarceration, and immigration enforcement. Read about how Prison Divestment Campaign Partners are taking on the for-profit Immigration & Prison Industrial Complex:

Afrikan Black Coalition: University of California Prison Divestment

Black Alliance for Just Immigration: #TheRealCrime, #BlackLivesMatters

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance: #Not1More Deportation, Private Prisons

Color of Change: Police Accountability, Private Prisons

Communities United Against Mass Incarceration: Criminal Justice & Private Prisons

Dream Defenders: #BlackLivesMatters, Youth Justice, University Prison Divestment

Detention Watch Network: End the Quota, Familty Detention

Families for Freedom: ICE Free NYC, Family Detention

Florida Immigrant CoalitionDeportations & Detentions

Grassroots Leadership: Family Detention, Treatment Industrial Complex

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights: NYC Immigrant Family Unity Project

National Day Laborer Organizing Network: #Not1More Deportation

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: International Migrant Rights & Global Justice, Human Rights @ International Borders

Presente.org: Gates Campaign, Obama Legacy on Deportation

Rights for All People: Dignity Not Detention

Responsible Endowments Coalition: Prison Divestment at Universities

SEIU USWW: Immigrant Worker Rights

Together Colorado: Lifelines to Healing

United Methodist Church: Criminal Justice & Immigrant Rights

We Want Freedom: Breaking the Chains & Transforming Communities

NatlConv3rd Annual National Strategy Session to End Criminalization, Incarceration, & Immigration Enforcement [MAY 3-5, 2015]


In the last months of 2014 people flooded the streets demanding justice, and like a river overflowing after a storm, people were unstoppable. The cold-blooded police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and another black person every 28 hours, erupted a rage across the country.

In the midst of executive action on immigration, other developments of state violence fell under the current—the largest expansion of family detention since the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, an explicit targeting of immigrants with convictions, and a violent reincarnation of the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program (now PEP) went largely unnoticed. In Mexico 43 young activists were executed by the collaboration between the Government and the Drug Cartels.

In response, thousands of people have taken the streets. The outpouring of protests has not stopped. And the forecast reads that yet another wave is coming. Continue reading


pdxvictoryContact: Jamie Trinkle, 503.757.4375 | jamie@enlaceintl.org

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2014


Portland, Ore –. Portland City Council voted today to implement a Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) policy that will consider corporate abuses of human rights, such as those committed by the GEO Group which operates the Tacoma, WA Northwest Detention Center. The policy will be overseen by an appointed citizen committee that will be “reflective of the diversity of…Portland.” The human rights and diversity provisions were both requested by Voz and Enlace. Continue reading

Freedom for All Incarcerated Immigrants

For immediate release | Contact: Jamie Trinkle | jamie@enlaceintl.org | 503-757-4375

International Worker Center Network Calls for Legalization of All Immigrants and Freedom for All Incarcerated Immigrants

Enlace lauds President Obama’s executive action for its positive impact on 5 million undocumented immigrants, however 7 million immigrants face increased threats of incarceration, detention, and deportation under Obama’s plan. The Department of Homeland Security’s new Priority Enforcement Program furthers the deportation pipeline, the criminalization of immigrants, and the militarization of the border. Obama’s executive action was announced in the same week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the complete outsourcing of family detention camps for mothers and children to for-profit prison companies, Corrections Corp of America and GEO Group.

The US is the global prison leader with over 2.3 million humans in cages, disproportionately impacting people of color and immigrants. A detention bed mandate ensures 34,000 immigrants are detained each night, and immigrants comprise 25% of the federal prison population. Obama’s decision to prioritize border enforcement and ICE’s announcement assure the growth of the for-profit prison industrial complex by expanding their business to include the incarceration of families. The plan to completely privatize all family prison camps demonstrates the close relationship between Washington D.C. and the for-profit prison industry. Obama’s support of policies like the Trans-Pacific Partnership demonstrate the rise of corporate power against the working class.  “Obama’s announcement temporarily halts the deportation of some individuals, but does not provide any relief for single low-income workers, families at the border, and the most vulnerable members of the immigrant community—these people are still destined for imprisonment in private prisons and detention centers,” said Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, co-director of Enlace. Continue reading

Californians Mobilize against Prison Expansion

On November 14th students and community members from around California convened to discuss the Nov LA sessiongrowing criminalization of immigrants and communities of color. One of the major forces behind the rise of incarceration is the For-Profit Prison Industry, whose second largest client is the state of California. Participants explored strategies to jointly target Prison Industry players like CCA and the GEO Group along with key politicians with close ties to the industry. Stay tuned for more information about how to join organizing efforts in California.


NY Students Demand Universities Divest from Prisons

On Saturday November 15th students and community members from the Northeast gathered in IMG_2367New York City to strategize around prison divest campaigns to proactively confront mass incarceration and deportation. Students and faculty from CUNY, Skidmore College, Columbia University, NYU, Brown University, and the New School participated in planning sessions to move forward university divestment efforts. Community groups and unions including the United Federation of Teachers, Detention Watch Network, United We Dream, Milk Not Jails, Migrant Power Alliance, Immigration Equality, the New Sanctuary Movement, ICE Free NYC, Responsible Endowments Coalition, and Enlace developed plans to stop prison expansion and criminalization of communities of color. Together university and community groups created frameworks to work at the intersection of criminal and immigration systems using prison divestment as the strategic campaign at the crossroads.


Free All Immigrants in Detention and Abolish All Prisons!

cropped-enlace-ppdc-logo.pngEnlace‘s Prison Divestment Campaign is part of a larger effort pushing to free all political prisoners and detained immigrants. We are strengthening the movement to abolish all prisons and demilitarize communities and the border. Join us in coming gathering and strategy sessions to continue building Black and Brown unity and strategically taking on the for profit prison industry. For more information about the Prison Divestment Campaign and coming events please contact us.

Join us for coming events in continuing to build multiracial movement!

Cali Prison Divest Statewide Meeting: Friday November 14th from 9:00am- 6:00pm

Join us in South LA for a day of workshops and strategy to take on CA institutions that are enabling the expansion of criminalization and incarceration of Black and Brown communities. Click here to RSVP.

Northeast Gathering on Prison Abolition: Saturday November 15th from 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Join us in New York City for a gathering of students and community organizations who are working to stop mass incarceration and mass deportation. We will explore how to continue moving forward at the intersection of immigration and criminal systems. Click here to RSVP.