Today the Contra Costa County (CCC) Sheriff, David Livingston announced that he is ending the ICE contract to house federal immigration detainees at the West County Detention Facility.
For 7 years we have held a monthly prayer vigil at the West County Detention Facility to bring awareness to the growing national problem of immigration detention. We have prayed with families whose loved ones were detained at WCDF and for all those impacted by the range of immigration enforcement policies and the absence of a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are vital parts of our communities. Our relationship and commitment to detainees and their families has led us to join them in advocating for better detention conditions, access to visitation programs, affordable phone calls, release of their loved ones, and post-release housing and support. Due to great community advocacy and effort we witnessed beautiful moments of liberation from detention and the reunification of families and our wider community.