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. Since our vigils are held on stolen land we have a Land Acknowledgement.

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

  • June Vigil 2024

    “Hosting the vigil is Jewish Community Action” Join us before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot as we explore the connections between immigration justice, Jewish values and the story as told in the Book of Ruth, highlighting a universal and timeless call to welcome in the newcomer with compassion and dignity. The presenters will be: Rabbi…

Past Vigils

  • May Vigil 2024

    Adriana and NSA Alliance members will share with us the impact at the legislature this year. Join us in person or online as we stand…

  • April Vigil 2024

     “Choosing Compassion Over Indifference”

  • March Vigil 2024

    “Asylum – Seekers are Resilient, Talented and Hopeful” The presenter will be Dave Haley, Board of Directors for Casa Guadalupana. Join us in person or…