Since 2012, CIRA has been fighting to sever ties between state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In 2013, we successfully advocated for the nation’s first TRUST Act; a state law that restricted state and local LEAs from honoring detainer requests from ICE. However, politics of the legislative process diluted our original proposal. CIRA has since continued fighting for a state law that protects people’s rights and enables public oversight of our state’s interactions with ICE.
In 2019, with the leadership of our community members, CIRA advanced comprehensive revisions of the TRUST Act into state law. The 2019 TRUST Act (Public Acts 19-20 & 19-23, effective 10/1/2019) effectively blocks ICE access to community members under state custody or supervision, unless ICE presents a judicial warrant to compel compliance. The 2019 TRUST Act also mandates LEA training and data publication to allow for greater local level accountability.
While the 2019 TRUST Act signifies a critical victory in our fight to get #ICEoutofCT, it also marks the beginning of the work necessary to implement it. Please find below a collection of materials to facilitate popular education around the TRUST Act, and organizing effective community oversight.