Witnessing ICE activity, or think you might be?
- Call 1-844-864-8341 and dial 1 to speak with a dispatcher
- The dispatcher will ask for more location and situation details from you, then send trained volunteers to the scene
- If an ICE raid is occurring, volunteers will record the event, seek to identify the agents participating, and remind those involved of their constitutional rights.
- After the incident, if possible, volunteers will follow up to connect you with a local member of CIRC’s statewide DocuTeam, who will work with you to document the event and refer you to legal resources if necessary.
Want to report a past interaction with ICE?
- Call the hotline and dial 2 to leave a message. Make sure to state your phone number and town.
- A nearby DocuTeam member will reach out to you within 3-4 business days and work with you to document the incident.
Since ICE was created in 2003, the agency has committed a plethora of human right violations, separated families, and deported asylum seekers as young as two months old into deadly situations in their countries of origin.
GEO spends 2.7 billion taxpayer dollars each year to imprison 50,000 immigrants
ICE agents received about 14,700 complaints alleging sexual and physical abuse between 2010 and 2016
COVID-19 rates are 13 times higher at ICE detention centers compared to the general population
CIRC is committed to holding this rogue agency accountable. That’s why we’ve partnered with organizations throughout Colorado to form the Colorado Rapid Response Network (CORRN) and run a 24/7 hotline for anyone witnessing or experiencing ICE activity. The hotline is available in English and Spanish at 1-844-UNITE-4-1, or 1-844-864-8341. We also offer free community trainings on knowing your rights when interacting with ICE. If you are interested in receiving a training or becoming a trainer, please contact your regional organizer.
In 2020 alone, we…
Responded to 94 calls on our hotline
Gave 53 community members “Know Your Rights” training
Documented 41 abusive encounters with ICE
How CORRN works
Callers can use the 24/7 hotline either to report ongoing ICE activity or to document a past experience with ICE. If the call is for current activity, trained volunteers will respond at the scene to document the activity and ensure that all those involved know their rights. If not, the caller can leave a message and a member of the CORRN DocuTeam will follow up with them to record the details of their story. We use documentation to monitor police/ICE collaboration, find patterns that can guide our legislative efforts, and build a strong statewide network of people resisting deportations in their own communities. The testimonies of directly impacted people helped Colorado repeal our “show me your papers” law that forced local police to act as ICE agents in 2013.
CORRN is made up of the following members: American Friends Service Committee, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Colorado People’s Alliance, Mi Familia Vota, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Together Colorado, and United for a New Economy.
The network is also supported by SEIU Local 105, Colorado Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
CIRC’s History of ICE Resistance
2006: One of the country’s first “Show me your papers” laws passes in Colorado: SB90. CIRC helps organize a march in protest, and 100,000 people attend.
2010: Police officer detains western Colorado community member Edgar Niebla for ICE. CIRC organizes a campaign to release him, and successfully stops his deportation within 24 hours. This was the first successful public anti-deportation campaign in Colorado.
2012: As deportations increase, CIRC launches a statewide hotline to report ICE activity. The organization works with hotline callers to collect testimony on how SB90 harms the community, and campaign to repeal the law.
2013: Campaign to repeal SB90 succeeds! Colorado becomes the first state in the country to repeal its “Show me your papers” law. The hotline expands, and the hotline response team starts training on deportation resistance to provide more support to callers.
2014: President Obama launches the Priority Enforcement Program, asking local law enforcement to notify ICE when suspected immigrants are released from jail and funneling our communities into the deportation system.
2015: CIRC and the ACLU of Colorado work with CO sheriffs to convince them to reject ICE detainer holds – a request ICE makes to local jails to maintain people under arrest beyond their time of release when suspected of being undocumented. Colorado becomes the first state in the nation where every county officially rejects the use of unconstitutional ICE detainer requests.
2016: In preparation for increased ICE activity, CIRC joins organizations across the state to start the statewide Colorado Rapid Response Network (CORRN)
2017: President Trump signs executive order to drastically increase ICE activity and incentivizes local police to act as immigration officers.
2018: CIRC documents illegal ICE holds occurring at the El Paso county jail. The organization works with the ACLU to sue the sheriff’s department, winning an injunction.
2019: CIRC and state lawmakers create Virginia’s Law to protect immigrant families in Colorado from federal overreach into our communities. Critical pieces of this law are passed in the Benavidez Bill.
- Bans probation information sharing without a warrant
- Requires local law enforcement to advise detained immigrants of their rights and receive written consent before allowing ICE to interview them.
- Makes Colorado the 4th state to pass a statewide bill limiting police-ICE collaboration. Read about the bill on Colorado’s legislative website.
2021: CIRC collaborates with lawmakers to create a bill for data privacy for all, to block ICE from accessing immigrant information in state or local agencies like health clinics or the DMV without a criminal warrant or subpoena. Visit our Campaign for Data Privacy for All to learn more.
Under the Obama administration, several programs were expanded to help ICE get local law enforcement to do their dirty work. This included the 287(g) program, which lets state and local police officers act as de facto ICE agents, arresting and detaining community members for immigration enforcement. By meshing immigration and law enforcement, 287(g) agreements separate families, break trust between community members and local police, and make everyone less safe.
CIRC has been resisting police-ICE collaboration in Colorado since 2006. In 2015, CIRC and the ACLU of Colorado worked together to convince sheriffs to discontinue the use of ICE holds. They convinced all sheriffs in Colorado to discontinue their participation in the 287(g) program –– until 2019, when Teller County obtained a jail 287(g) agreement. This means that Teller County deputies can act as ICE agents as long as they are within the jail. However, they are still not permitted to target people outside of the jail for detention or deportation.
CIRC is in active resistance against this last remaining 287(g) agreement. The ACLU of Colorado is currently fighting to end it through a lawsuit.
Following Visit With Farmworkers, Senator Bennet Calls for Congress to Create a Path to Citizenship
September 3, 2021Press Release
Fort Collins, CO – On Thursday, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited a Fort Collins farm to hear first hand the experiences of immigrant farmworkers in Colorado. Buena Vida, a local tree and vegetable farm, hosted the event and facilitated the important open table discussion between the Senator and agricultural workers from across Northern Colorado. […]
Colorado Immigrant Rights Leaders Announce Fasting Campaign for Immigration Reform This Month
June 8, 2021Press Release
Denver, CO – On Monday, immigrant rights leaders in Colorado gathered on the steps of the state capitol to demand immediate immigration reform from Congress. Activists and faith leaders from organizations including Together Colorado, Colorado People’s Alliance, American Friends Service Committee and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition issued a public declaration of their intention to fast for […]
Coloradans Expose Stories of ICE Abuse and Call For Action on Biden’s 100th Day in Office
April 30, 2021Press Release
To mark President Biden’s 100th day in office, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition joined with organizations across the country to conduct their own, independent Truth and Accountability Forum on the country’s immigration enforcement arm. Nine community members from across Colorado who have been personally impacted by ICE gave eyewitness accounts on Friday to the agency’s […]
ICE performed forced hysterectomies on detained immigrants
December 22, 2020In the News
The Guardian More women have joined an official legal petition alleging that they were medically abused by a gynecologist while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in a move that significantly expands a case that has shocked America.
ICE forced hysterectomies part of an ugly American history of eugenics
September 21, 2020In the News
The Guardian Pauline Binam asked to see a doctor because she was having abnormalities with her period. After nearly two years in immigration detention, she was worried that it was having an adverse effect on her health. The doctor told her that she had a cyst on her ovary and she agreed to a dilation […]
Undocumented Colorado Residents Can Now Renew their Driver’s License Online
January 9, 2019
Starting in the new year, undocumented immigrants in Colorado can renew their driver’s licenses online.
The 287(g) Program: An Overview
May 10, 2021
The 287(g) program is named for Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and became law as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA).
The Benavidez Bill (signed into law in 2019)
February 9, 2021
Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach
Life Under PEP-COMM
February 9, 2021
This advisory explains the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) forms and priorities.
Know Your Rights in Case of ICE Activity
February 9, 2021
What to Do When Interacting with ICE
SB251 Driver’s Licenses: Frequently Asked Questions
December 19, 2019
FAQ about about SB251, including how to get your license and where to find more information.
ICE Incident Hotline
July 11, 2019
f you witness ICE activity or ICE comes to your door, please call the Colorado Rapid Response Network Hotline. It is available 24/7 at (844) 864-8341 to answer any questions or concerns you may have; confirmers speak Spanish and English.