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.


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.

Online Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Liberation
April 2 | 11 AM – 12 PM PST (2PM-3PM EST)
Join us on Zoom or join us on FBLive
Register here.
If you are unable to attend by zoom, the vigil will also be broadcast and recorded on Facebook.

This event is 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?
If you haven’t yet signed on, please sign-on and help circulate this 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.
Deadline to sign is March 30th.
SIGN FAITH LETTER HERE


See more about previous online prayer vigils here.


Pre-COVID

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.

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Hilda Cruz, Interfaith Movement organizer for the Inland Empire, speaks to Univision34 TV at IM4HI’s Adelanto vigil, August 2019 – http://uni.vi/T25C101IpPs

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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