WHAT WE DO
Cville Immigrant Freedom Fund (CIFF) is a non-profit organization that works with families in paying for a legal representation and ICE bond. CIFF also posts bond for those we support as well as others who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and are therefore prohibited from doing so.
Since April, 2019, CIFF has directly assisted 69 people, with an indirect impact on more than 120 family members, most of them children or elderly parents. Our contributions allow folks to more easily pay rent, buy food or get gas. Family cost share contributions for bond are returned once a case is closed and ICE returns the bond.
CIFF's work necessitates daily collaboration with attorneys, caseworkers, allied organizations, families and friends, sometimes locally, sometimes regionally or nationally. It is complicated and often urgent. Bond applications often require dozens of emails, texts and calls to obtain information, coordinate logistics and, most of all, ensure that anyone for whom we obtain release from detention is safe and reunited with loved ones.
WHO WE SUPPORT
The individuals supported by CIFF are community members and Virginians. They include recently arrived single mothers with children, family breadwinners who have lived here for decades, adolescent girls assaulted on their journeys north, young men tortured by gangs back home, and husbands arrested and detained for driving without a license.
Each one, whether she fled violence and cross the border in 2019 or has worked in a poultry factory for years, is caught in the trap of a cruel and racist immigration system. None of them deserves to be in detention. All deserve due process.
CIFF legal support grants average $2,700.
For ICE bond the average is $3,400.
Fees for immigration cases range from $3,000-$10,000. ICE bond, which must be paid in full, is a minimum of $1,500 but averages $16,000 nationally.