Public Witness: Prayer Vigils

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, while we cannot physically gather for prayer or public witness, the need for community action and spiritual vision remains urgent.

Join us in our livestreamed vigils as we stand with those directly impacted by unjust systems: the prison system and mass incarceration, U.S. immigration systems and laws, and U.S. foreign and domestic policies that damage people’s lives. Together we will respond: inspire to action and be inspired to action; pray in community; support and be supported; and honor all of humanity.

June Vigil

Join us Thursday, June 17 as we spiritually reflect on African American Reparations and connect it to the need to repair the harm of incarceration and criminalization.
Join us for stimulating reflections, music and prayer.

Reparations as a Road to Decarceration

Join us for prayer and conversation on the reparations as a road toward decarceration! Watch this video for inspiration, education, challenge and action!

Posted by Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity on Thursday, June 17, 2021

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April Vigil

During the season of holy days of Jewish Passover, Christian Holy Week, and upcoming Muslim Ramadan and Buddhist Hanamatsuri;
we invite your presence virtually to pray with us for the closing of the first ten detention centers.

Interwoven with music and prayers, we will have testimonies from immigrants who experienced detention and faith leaders from some of the ten sites we are pushing to close.

Together we call for the liberation of those still held captive.

We invite the national interfaith community and all those impacted by our immigration and incarceration systems to come together as we deliver this message from the faith community to President Biden and his administration.

This event was organized by:

  • Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Church World Service
  • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
  • Detention Watch Network

Have You Signed the Faith Letter for Liberation?
National Faith Letter urging Congress and the Biden administration to end the contracts and close the first ten (#FirstTen) detention centers. This would move our nation in the direction towards humane treatment and effective community alternatives to detention.

See more previous online prayer vigils.


Sites of monthly public prayer vigils led by Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity before the COVID-19 pandemic include

  • Inland Empire: Adelanto Detention Facility
  • San Francisco: ICE Building
  • Richmond, CA: West County Detention Facility

Learn more below.

Inland Empire: Adelanto Detention Facility

Quarterly prayer vigils that brought public presence to the Adelanto Detention Facility while uplifting immigrant stories that advocate for pro-immigrant policies.

Hilda Cruz, Interfaith Movement organizer for the Inland Empire, speaks to Univision34 TV at IM4HI’s Adelanto vigil, August 2019 –

San Francisco: ICE Building

We held monthly interfaith prayer vigils outside ICE in San Francisco.

Contra Costa County, CA: West County Detention Facility

From 2011 to 2018 we held monthly interfaith prayer vigils outside the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA, until the ICE contract there was finally ended in August 2018.

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