Become a Member

Member led, member driven

Thank you for your interest in joining Detention Watch Network (DWN). We hope that you will become a member of DWN and work with us to advance the civil and human rights of those impacted by the immigration detention system through collective advocacy, education, research, communications, organizing and network-building.

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DWN Membership Criteria

DWN membership is open to organizations and individuals that agree with our mission and that meet the following criteria:

  • Agree to publicly identify as a member of DWN, when appropriate
  • Agree to respect the diverse views and opinions within the membership and to seek respectful means for communicating concerns and resolving conflict
  • Pay annual membership dues (unless waived) that are a core component to DWN's growth and sustainability
  • Adhere to the membership code of conduct

Membership Code of Conduct

DWN is a member-led, member driven community. We expect our members to act as leaders within the progressive movement and demonstrate the following behavior:

  • Respect for everyone’s identity, background, experiences, expertise, skills and unique role
  • Willingness for personal growth by allowing yourself to challenge and be challenged by others in a candid and caring manner
  • Offer thoughtful feedback to DWN staff so that we can continue to grow and improve
  • Proactively engage within the Network by offering your experiences, expertise and thoughts within DWN spaces (meetings, member calls, the listservs)
  • Be accountable for your actions

Please note: The membership year runs from June 1 - May 31. Membership is not open to government employees or media representatives.


Applying to DWN Membership

To apply, complete the DWN membership application and send it to DWN along with your first dues payment. Please allow two to three weeks for your application to be processed. All applications are reviewed and approved by a membership committee.

Member Applications

Email your application to: membership@detentionwatchnetwork.org
Or send your application to: Detention Watch Network, 1419 V St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Accepted Forms of Payment

Check: Made payable to DWN’s fiscal sponsor the “Tides Center”
Credit Card: Visa, Discover, Mastercard