Immigration Detention Accountability Project

About IDAP

We believe that immigration detention – in which people alleged to have violated civil statutes are confined in prison-like settings – is inherently constitutionally suspect and should be abolished. However, while detention is sanctioned by the courts and Congress, CREEC’s Immigration Detention Accountability Project will fight to ensure that people held in ICE custody are held in constitutionally adequate conditions, receive constitutionally adequate care, and are not discriminated against on the basis of disability. We undertake this work at the individual, facility-specific, and system-wide level, in the form of direct representation, class action litigation, and serving as resources and educators for the disability rights and immigration communities

CREEC is a national leader at the intersection of immigration and disability. We provide important support to detained people and their advocates and community through individual advocacy and legal representation, technical assistance, and systemic change litigation targeting ICE’s treatment of people in its detention system. We are regularly invited to speak at national conferences, law schools, and to stakeholders.

About IDAP fellowships

CREEC seeks fellowship applicants to work with IDAP on a project benefiting immigrants held in ICE prisons that falls under one of our following priority areas:

  • Movement-based legal support for detained people and community organizers working with them;
  • Individual medical and disability advocacy; or
  • Development of class-based litigation on behalf of immigrants with disabilities and medical vulnerabilities.

Preferred fellow qualifications

  • Background in immigration or disability work; 
  • experience working with migrants, asylum seekers, or immigrant communities; 
  • experience working with people with disabilities, trauma survivors, and people from a diversity of backgrounds; and/or
  • fluency in Spanish or another language. 

Application deadline and how to apply

Application deadline for a 2023 Fellowship is July 1, 2022.

Please contact CREEC’s Director of the Immigration Accountability Detention Project, Elizabeth Jordan, prior to sending your application materials to discuss your proposal.