Webinar: COVID-19’s Impact on Detained Immigrants

Vera’s SAFE (Safety and Fairness for Everyone) Network is a network of 18 jurisdictions committed to universal representation for immigrants facing detention and deportation. In this webinar, the SAFE Network’s Annie Chen leads a discussion with Dr. Homer Venters – a nationally recognized expert on health in correctional settings – about the heightened risk that detained immigrants face of contracting COVID-19. Attorneys in the SAFE Network then discuss what their clients are experiencing in detention and what attorneys are doing to fight for the health, safety, and liberty of their clients.

Moderated by: Annie Chen


  • Homer Venters, President, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS)
  • Heidi Altman, Director of Policy, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
  • Corina Salazar, Managing Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza - Oakland/Alameda County, CA
  • Aissa Olivarez, Managing Attorney, Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) - Dane County/Madison, WI
  • Sarah Plastino, Senior Staff Attorney, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) - Denver, CO