Rocío Calderón, Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program Coordinator
The United States government maintains the world’s largest immigration detention system. Every day 44,000 individuals are languishing behind bars in more than 200 immigrant prisons and jails across the country. Is there one in your backyard? Yes. They are everywhere (including Iowa!) and the system is designed to be as isolating as possible.
The Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program resists the idea that immigrants behind bars should be isolated and lonely. Through weekly visits and letters, they strive to alleviate the isolation felt by immigrants in Eloy Detention Center (Eloy, AZ). On Monday, April 1, 2019 come hear Program Coordinator Rocío Calderón share about her time in Eloy Detention Center as a detainee and the impact it had on her life. Along with her colleague Elizabeth Smith, she will describe the important role visitation programs play in caring for those in our communities in her presentation titled “Connection as Resistance: Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention”.
This lecture will be presented in Spanish, with interpretation to English by Elizabeth Smith.