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A detainee at the MIra Loma Detention Facility in Lancaster, Calif. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
(Washington, D.C.) October 5, 2011 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes that ensuring detainee access to a Religious Service Program is crucially important because detainees have a fundamental right to freedom and exercise of religion. To further that aspect of our mission, we have compiled a Religious Service Program Guide to assist chaplains at detention centers throughout the United States.

If you are a chaplain or volunteer unfamiliar with immigration detention in the U.S., the Detention Basics section is a great place to become familiar with terms, and to gain a basic understanding of the Department of Homeland Security and its immigration detention practices.

Do you feel called to serve immigration detainees? Chaplains and volunteers can take action. Chaplains can access the Developing an RSP section to become better acquainted with the requirements of running a RSP and determine how to improve the religious services your program offers to detainees.

Volunteers who want to donate their time and skills to a RSP can view the Volunteering section. Your opportunity to serve and accompany detainees may be as simple as contacting the chaplain at the detention facility closest to your home. 

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