First Friends of NJ and NY upholds the inherent dignity and humanity of detained immigrants and asylum seekers. We provide compassion and hope through volunteer visitation, resettlement assistance and advocacy.
Established in 1997, First Friends of NJ and NY provides services to detained asylum seekers in detention centers and jails in NJ’s Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties. In 2018 our 295 volunteers visited 348 detainees, totaling over 1,100 hours of visitation. First Friends also supports our friends once they are released, partnering with community organizations to offer temporary housing, ESL classes, job training and job placement when possible.