The People’s Caravan to the Farmville, VA ICE Detention Center

Last update; Tuesday June 26th

WHEN: Caravan Rolls out July 7th, 1018

EVENT CANCELLED: If you were planning on joining the Caravan, we’ve decided to instead commit to the Sunday July 1st RALLY  WEEKEND OF ACTION ICE DETENTION PROTEST in FARMVILLE, VA


Event Page:
What We Know Today (continuously updated) 
Podcast with Marilyn Karp:

We in Virginia wish to highlight the plight of children that are being held in detention by ICE. More than 2,500 children have been separated from their migrant parents and moved to detentions centers including Virginia and Maryland. Despite Donald Trump’s executive order ending his cruel and inhumane policy children remain apart from their parents and the zero tolerance policy is still in effect. Indeed, the administration is seeking permanent changes in U.S. law to allow indefinite detention and criminal prosecution of every person seeking asylum in the U.S. How will the separated children be reunited with their families? What will happen to them once they are reunited? Current law says they cannot be detained more than 20 days.

We are raising funds for legal aid, through this GoFundMe page. 

The Farmville ICE Detention Center. This facility houses 600+ men but we want to make it a focus for a rally to highlight the fact that detention centers are growing in this state through privately funded facilities. LaColectiVa protested there last year calling for an end to ICE.


ON TO TEXAS: We received donations from our vigils. Thank you! These items will be shipped to Catholic Charities in Brownsville, Texas as well as homeless shelters housing reunited families. Art supplies and books will go to CAIR.

This is a rapidly evolving action, so stay tuned for updates.



  • CAIR: Donate items from our Amazon Wishlist that our staff will deliver to unaccompanied children in detention. 



Further Reading

Listen to the children who have just been separated from their parents at the border (June 18, Propublica)

Vox Explainer (June 15)

Statistics on detainee transfers at Farmville.

Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border (Slate, June 15, 2018)
Pro-immigrant activists pressure Democratic state lawmaker over ties to Farmville detention center (Richmond Times, Nov. 2017)

18 thoughts on “The People’s Caravan to the Farmville, VA ICE Detention Center”

  1. Please let me know what day and time the caravan is leaving from Loudoun county. I live in Leesburg. I can drive a minivan and wil be donating the requested items. Thanks!

    1. Depart 8:50 Virginia Village Shopping Center Catoctin Circle Leesburg VA 20175 . This is where the farmer’s market is.

  2. I’m assuming you plan, or others plan, to get the colleges in Farmville involved, Longwood and Hampden-Sydney and even Liberty University.

  3. I had heard no children were housed in the Farmville facility. Has this been confirmed that there are children there now?

  4. Where and what time in the vigil in Winchester, VA? Where and what time can I meet the caravan in Winchester, VA on July 7th? Is this where we ride together or do I need to drive separately from Winchester, VA to Harrisonburg, VA, etc. …?

  5. We are collecting and have about 6 boxes of stuffed animals and art supplies so far. Should we deliver to folks leaving from Leesburg? How many vehicles going? Have not seen much in media? How about listing on the Resistance calender to increase participation?

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