Immigrant Freedom Fund

We pay the bonds of people caged in civil detention at the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Facility in Aurora, Colorado.

Families belong together. People deserve to be free.

What we do
Pay immigration bonds
We rely on community contributions to pay immigration bonds for people detained in Aurora, Colorado. The minimum bond is $1,500. There is no set maximum. Once a person completes their immigration case, the bond is revolved to the fund.
Read about the bond process
Advocate for the end of cash bail
In both the criminal and immigration detention system, cash bail is used to deny freedom to those who are most vulnerable.
Read about the immigration detention system
Collaborate with other organizers
We work in partnership and solidarity with other bail and bond funds around the US to coordinate strategies and priorities.
Check out the work of our partner organizations
Our values
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As Lilla Watson famously said, "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come here because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let us work together."
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Reform of racist systems is not enough.
We must imagine and build new paradigms and structures.
Orange sunset with red mountains in the foreground


Community solidarity requires honesty and openness. We publish our financial statements quarterly.
Who we are
The IFF is run by a leadership team of three volunteers: Jessica Burnett, Sofia Bottinelli, and Laurel Klafehn, who re-ignited the fund in 2022. We are proud to be fiscally sponsored by The HadaÑou Collective while we await a determination on our 501(c)(3) application with the IRS.
Our history
The current leadership team re-started operations of the bond fund after Francey Liefert and Harper Strickland decided to step away in 2021. Under their leadership, and with the support of the Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the IFF paid the bonds of 92 people, amounting to a total of $456,500 over two years. We are grateful to all who contributed to the fund in its previous life, and look forward to continuing this work alongside you all.
Support our work
We rely on donations to pay for the release of our neighbors. We are also in the process of translating this website and our bond fund application into other languages to expand access for those who do not speak, read or write English or Spanish. If you are interested in contributing as a translator, please contact

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