Campaign Updates

ENLACE-POSTER_outline_campaign11x85The Prison Divestment Campaign began in 2011 from the need to launch a comprehensive strategy to decriminalize immigrants and demilitarize the border. It was not only Politicians that we needed to target, but also Private Prisons and Wall Street who were the other powerful force behind immigrant detention and deportation.
The Campaign has since expanded, looking at how the private prison industry works to divide communities of color. We are building strong multiracial coalitions, emphasizing Black and Brown unity, to combat mass incarceration and immigration enforcement.

Enlace brings together organizations working on immigrant rights, criminal justice, another social justice groups to end mass incarceration and achieve legalization for all immigrants.
For additional information visit Enlace’s webpage


pdxvictoryContact: Jamie Trinkle, 503.757.4375 |

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2014


Portland, Ore –. Portland City Council voted today to implement a Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) policy that will consider corporate abuses of human rights, such as those committed by the GEO Group which operates the Tacoma, WA Northwest Detention Center. The policy will be overseen by an appointed citizen committee that will be “reflective of the diversity of…Portland.” The human rights and diversity provisions were both requested by Voz and Enlace. Continue reading

Freedom for All Incarcerated Immigrants

For immediate release | Contact: Jamie Trinkle | | 503-757-4375

International Worker Center Network Calls for Legalization of All Immigrants and Freedom for All Incarcerated Immigrants

Enlace lauds President Obama’s executive action for its positive impact on 5 million undocumented immigrants, however 7 million immigrants face increased threats of incarceration, detention, and deportation under Obama’s plan. The Department of Homeland Security’s new Priority Enforcement Program furthers the deportation pipeline, the criminalization of immigrants, and the militarization of the border. Obama’s executive action was announced in the same week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the complete outsourcing of family detention camps for mothers and children to for-profit prison companies, Corrections Corp of America and GEO Group.

The US is the global prison leader with over 2.3 million humans in cages, disproportionately impacting people of color and immigrants. A detention bed mandate ensures 34,000 immigrants are detained each night, and immigrants comprise 25% of the federal prison population. Obama’s decision to prioritize border enforcement and ICE’s announcement assure the growth of the for-profit prison industrial complex by expanding their business to include the incarceration of families. The plan to completely privatize all family prison camps demonstrates the close relationship between Washington D.C. and the for-profit prison industry. Obama’s support of policies like the Trans-Pacific Partnership demonstrate the rise of corporate power against the working class.  “Obama’s announcement temporarily halts the deportation of some individuals, but does not provide any relief for single low-income workers, families at the border, and the most vulnerable members of the immigrant community—these people are still destined for imprisonment in private prisons and detention centers,” said Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, co-director of Enlace. Continue reading

Californians Mobilize against Prison Expansion

On November 14th students and community members from around California convened to discuss the Nov LA sessiongrowing criminalization of immigrants and communities of color. One of the major forces behind the rise of incarceration is the For-Profit Prison Industry, whose second largest client is the state of California. Participants explored strategies to jointly target Prison Industry players like CCA and the GEO Group along with key politicians with close ties to the industry. Stay tuned for more information about how to join organizing efforts in California.


NY Students Demand Universities Divest from Prisons

On Saturday November 15th students and community members from the Northeast gathered in IMG_2367New York City to strategize around prison divest campaigns to proactively confront mass incarceration and deportation. Students and faculty from CUNY, Skidmore College, Columbia University, NYU, Brown University, and the New School participated in planning sessions to move forward university divestment efforts. Community groups and unions including the United Federation of Teachers, Detention Watch Network, United We Dream, Milk Not Jails, Migrant Power Alliance, Immigration Equality, the New Sanctuary Movement, ICE Free NYC, Responsible Endowments Coalition, and Enlace developed plans to stop prison expansion and criminalization of communities of color. Together university and community groups created frameworks to work at the intersection of criminal and immigration systems using prison divestment as the strategic campaign at the crossroads.


Free All Immigrants in Detention and Abolish All Prisons!

cropped-enlace-ppdc-logo.pngEnlace‘s Prison Divestment Campaign is part of a larger effort pushing to free all political prisoners and detained immigrants. We are strengthening the movement to abolish all prisons and demilitarize communities and the border. Join us in coming gathering and strategy sessions to continue building Black and Brown unity and strategically taking on the for profit prison industry. For more information about the Prison Divestment Campaign and coming events please contact us.

Join us for coming events in continuing to build multiracial movement!

Cali Prison Divest Statewide Meeting: Friday November 14th from 9:00am- 6:00pm

Join us in South LA for a day of workshops and strategy to take on CA institutions that are enabling the expansion of criminalization and incarceration of Black and Brown communities. Click here to RSVP.

Northeast Gathering on Prison Abolition: Saturday November 15th from 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Join us in New York City for a gathering of students and community organizations who are working to stop mass incarceration and mass deportation. We will explore how to continue moving forward at the intersection of immigration and criminal systems. Click here to RSVP.

Black Lives Matter National Week of Action October 20th-26th

black lives matterEnlace endorses the National Week of Action. We need to continue to build Black and Brown unity to combat state violence, the militarization of communities of color, and mass incarceration.

Participate in a national mobilization against state sanctioned violence! Folks across the country will be developing actions, events, workshops, and community healing spaces for the #BlackLivesMatter National Week of Action. Continue reading

#PrisonDivest Bay Area

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Thursday, October 16th • 6:30-9:00pm
Dwinelle 79, UC Berkeley
Please RSVP!

Join Enlace, CIYJA, and ABC for a Prison Divestment Campaign meeting in the Bay Area. We will bring together Black and Brown youth to continue movement building against mass incarceration and immigration enforcement.

We’re launching into a year of intense organizing against private prison investments in California–join us Thursday and help us hold California investors accountable for their active profiting from private companies that exist to jail, abuse, and deport black and brown bodies. For more info contact Jamie Trinkle.