What Should I Do If Someone I Know Was Arrested by Immigration?
Discovering someone you know has been arrested by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) can be a terrifying and confusing process. The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh will walk you through the entire process and help you through this difficult time. If you do not know where an individual is being held, you may be able to use the Detainee locator to locate him or her: https://locator.ice.gov/odls/#/index.
If the person is held at any facility in Pennsylvania or within the United States and needs legal assistance, The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh can help. We can do a consultation with the person (also called a detainee) and assess his or her case. Once we complete the consultation with the individual, we can determine if he or she qualifies to be released from ICE custody and/or a way to fight deportation to remain in the United States. Once we assess the case, we will contact you and explain what options are available and if your loved one can be released on bond.
Moshannon Valley Processing Center (MVPC)
The Moshannon Valley Processing Center is an immigration detention center located in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, and opened in 2021. It is a privately owned detention center that is contracted to house federal immigration detainees. Detainees housed at MVPC have their immigration proceedings heard by the Cleveland, Ohio, immigration court. Hearings are currently being conducted by video.
Some individuals are eligible to be released from detention by requesting an immigration bond. If an individual receives a bond and is able to pay the bond, they can be picked up directly at the MVPC. If the detainee is not picked up from the facility, they will require a bus ticket departing Pittsburgh the next day at the Pittsburgh Intermodal Station/ Grant Street Transportation Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Bus ticket departure time needs to be after 12:00 p.m.
Address: 555 GEO Drive, Philipsburg, PA 16866
Phone: (814) 768-1200
Fax: (814) 342-7179
If you need to deposit funds into a detainee account at the MVPC, you can do so here: https://www.accesscorrections.com/#/
Cleveland, Ohio Immigration Court
Address: 801 W. Superior Avenue, Suite 13 – 100, Cleveland, OH 44113
Helpful links: Bond and Bond Hearings, How to pay a bond
Basic Information about detained immigration hearings in Pennsylvania:
Individuals who are detained by immigration can also be housed at other facilities in Pennsylvania. Their hearings are generally heard by the Baltimore and Philadelphia Immigration Courts. To find out if an individual has an upcoming hearing, you can call the Alien Number Hotline at 1-800-898-7180. You will need the individual’s “A” number. An “A” number is a 9-digit number assigned to non-citizens in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If the person detained did not have an A number prior to detention, one will be issued when they are processed into the detention center. This number is printed on all paperwork issued by the government regarding immigration and can also be found on bracelets worn by detainees.
- The Philadelphia Immigration Court is located at the Robert Nix Federal Building, and Courthouse is located at 900 Market Street, Suite 504, Philadelphia, PA 19107. All visitors to the court must have a valid form of ID. The phone number is 215-656-7000.
- The Baltimore Immigration Court is located at the George Fallon Federal Building, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Rm. 440, Baltimore, MD 21201. The phone number is 410-962-3092.
- Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) The York office is located at 1605 Clugston Road, York, PA 17404. It can be reached at (7170-767-2300. The Philadelphia office is located at 114 N 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The phone number is (215) 656-7164.
An “A” number is a 9-digit number assigned to non-citizens in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If the person detained did not have an A number prior to detention, one will be issued when they are processed into the detention center. This number is printed on all paperwork issued by the government regarding immigration and can also be found on bracelets worn by detainees.
If you would like our office to visit with the detainee, please complete the consultation form or call us directly at 717-912-8555 today.
How do I locate my Detained Loved One?
If you can not contact your loved one and fear they have been detained, you should immediately contact the US Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) detainee locator. You can use this tool to quickly locate what facility your loved one is being held in. To expedite the process, you can use the detained individual’s A-number, the 7- or 9-digit identification assigned to the immigrant by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when they apply for status. You can also potentially locate your loved one with their name, birth date, and country of birth. Once you have determined their location, contact the facility to see about visitation and communication rules. If you have not done so, consider speaking to a qualified immigration lawyer who can assist with reconnecting with the detained individual.
How to Pay a Bail Bond for a Detainee
If a bond hearing has successfully resulted in your loved one being assigned a reasonable bond, you will need to undergo specific steps to pay the amount and secure their release.
To determine if The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh can assist the individual detained, our office must first complete a pre-paid consultation (prison visit) before agreeing to take a case. All consultations are completed with the detainee. Once the attorney has met with the detainee, our office will then contact you to discuss the detainee’s options, eligibility for bond and explain the next steps. Contact us today to schedule the consultation. (we cand add an intake forms but it needs to be noted that consultations are not scheduled unless payment is made).