Upcoming Events

La Linea Defensa Hotline Training July 12th and July 15th

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 1:00pm
Grassroots Leadership Office: 2301 E. Cesar Chavez St.


Help families stay together
La Linea de Defensa Comunitaria​ is an immigration crisis line which provides resources and support to community members in the midst of a deportation crisis and/or others scared and seeking help. We help people find loved ones in detention centers/jails, connect to pro bono and trusted private attorneys, find basic needs financial, food, etc. support, connect with Know Your Rights and defense trainings, legal clinics, and access mental health care. We also facilitate engagement with a powerful, supportive community of others impacted for social support and building power through organizing. Before the ICE raids last February in Austin, La Linea Defense was operating a few hours a day, through word of mouth. We have now expanding to 9am-9pm 7 days a week and are sharing the information wide in the community: Please pass it on! 512-270-1515.

Volunteers can either take a 4-hour shift, one day a week, in which they man incoming calls and/or they can be on call for ICE raids or back up only. Volunteers do this from their own phone/computer at home; with a coordinated system already established for providing immediate support and tracking follow-up needed. Currently, La Linea Defensa has a few gaps in coverage. Your help is needed!

This 2 day training will take place Wednesday evening July 12th 6-8pm and Saturday morning July 15th 11-1pm. The training will cover how to handle calls on the line, including the importance of validation, confidentiality, and trauma sensitivey. We'll also provide training on imparting know your rights information to callers, finding individuals detained, linking families to resources, and connecting to movement bulding.  

To attend the training RSVP here. Please note that you must be able to attend both days of the training to participate. Feel free to email Sofia Casini at scasini@grassrootsleadership.org if you have questions prior to registering. Mil gracias! Read more about La Linea Defensa Hotline Training July 12th and July 15th

Hutto Visitation Program Training July 15

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
2301 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin TX 78702

Please join us for a Hutto Visitation Program Orientation on July 15th from 2pm to 6pm, in our back training room at 2301 E. Cesar Chavez St. (the building is on the south side of our parking lot). Our program's purpose is to offer support for the women at Hutto, monitor human rights abuses and put an end to the silence of detention. Come talk to the women directly impacted by issues like gender-based violence, international affairs and immigration policies to hear their stories and perspectives. You will gain the knowledge and tools needed to support women who are detained in the T. Don Hutto Detention facility in Taylor, TX.

Volunteers must be conversationally proficient in a language other than English and/or attend the training with someone who is bilingual that is willing to visit in partnership and interpret for you. They should also RSVP. Volunteers must commit to visiting the detention center at least once a month. It is open 8am until 8pm, seven days a week. Please pass along the date to anyone who may be interested in breaking the isolation of detention. Let us know you're coming, there are space limitations. You must RSVP via the link above, not on Facebook. If it is full, be on the lookout for our next month's training. RSVP here. Read more about Hutto Visitation Program Training July 15

Past Events

May 28, 2015
September 17, 2014
February 10, 2013