Vigils and Courtwatch

Every Second Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 AM

On the second Tuesday of every month, ICOM hosts a prayer vigil at the Whipple Federal Building at Fort Snelling, the regional ICE headquarters for a five-state area and the site of both immigrant detention facilities and an immigration court.

People of any faith and no particular faith are invited to join in an hour of prayer and song, hosted by a rotating cast of faith communities and social justice groups. Guest speakers provide attendees with concrete opportunities to show solidarity with detainees and to oppose inhumane detention practices.

After each vigil, ICOM invites attendees to join in observing immigration court proceedings — a powerful opportunity to witness how the deportation system works. ICOM’s courtwatch is unique in that it can also lead directly to helping detainees and their families. If you’d like to help organize an upcoming vigil or want to lend your voice, music, or other skills, don’t hesitate to reach out!

This Month

  • January Vigil 2024

    “Immigration Justice and the Commandments” Temple Israel with be our co-host with Rabbi Ricky presenting. Karla Leitzman from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service will also be presenting. Songs will be presented by Virginia Grey of Edina Community Lutheran Church. 7:30am, Tuesday, January 9Bishop Henry Whipple Building1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111

Past Vigils

  • December 2023 Vigil

    “Accompaniment: Advent Points to Seeking Refuge and Engaged Waiting” Our vigil this month is hosted by the St Joan of Arc Community’s ministry of  “Welcome…

  • November 2023 Vigil

    Speakers include members of Plymouth Congregational Church and ICOM. Join us in person or online as we stand up for immigrant families and neighbors. We will…

  • October 2023 Vigil

    We welcome you to our vigil in October. Our presenters will be Cheryl Behrent, director of Sarah’s, an Oasis for Women, and Sara Adams, ICOM’s…