Long Beach Community Defense Network (CDN)
If you are witnessing an ICE raid or know of an upcoming raid, immediately call
What is the Community Defense Network (CDN)?
The Long Beach Community Defense Network (CDN) is a community-run rapid response network that mobilizes trained community members to the scene of an ICE pick-up or potential deportation in Long Beach. The CDN includes community members who will film ICE agents, connect individuals to legal services, and alert others as requested to help prevent any deportation.
The network is a direct response to the surge of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids tearing apart immigrant families and creating familial and financial hardships within the community.
How does the Community Defense Network work?
People witnessing an ICE raid/pick-up or those with knowledge of an upcoming raid/pick-up can alert the CDN by calling (562) 269-1083. Dispatchers will use these tips to direct CDN Observers in the immediate area to the scene of the incident.
CDN offers community support even after incidents happen: Dispatchers notify families of detainees and connect them with legal assistance, while CDN Observers use recordings and notes captured at raid sites for possible legal use. The CDN Network Observers will provide family support and reach out to media and elected officials to raise visibility and help fight the detention and/or deportation of the individual.
What legal support can people in Long Beach receive?
Thanks to the advocacy of the Sanctuary Long Beach campaign, the Long Beach Justice Fund provides free legal representation to low-income people who live or work in Long Beach and are facing deportation. Legal services are provided through Immigrant Defenders. If you or someone you know in Long Beach is in need of legal representation to fight a pending deportation, call the Community Defense Network at (562) 269-1083.
Who is part of the Community Defense Network?
The CDN is made up of dozens of individual community members throughout the city of Long Beach who act as dispatchers or observers. The network is supported by the following organizations and part of the Sanctuary Long Beach campaign:
Latinos in Action California
Long Beach Forward
Long Beach Sacred Resistance
Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization
How can I get involved in the CDN?
The CDN is a grassroots effort run by and supported by the community. Every contribution no matter how big or small helps. Get involved with keeping families together by doing any of the following:
DONATE: Donate money to help the CDN offer trainings, print materials, and make sure people know about the CDN hotline.
BECOME A DISPATCHER: Get trained to be a dispatcher who can help take calls as they come into the hotline. Individuals must be bilingual in English and either Spanish or Khmer and have access to a computer. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our form.
BECOME AN OBSERVER: Get trained to be a CDN Observer who can respond to ICE incidents in your immediate area. To sign up, email
BECOME A PART OF THE ACCOMPANIMENT TEAM: Accompany people to court hearings and/or provide short-term shelter.
PROVIDE PRO-BONO LEGAL SERVICES: If you are an attorney, provide pro-bono legal services to people facing deportation in Long Beach.