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Amnesty International: Adopt-a-Detainee Program

Amnesty International & volunteers will travel through with their Adopt-a-Detainee Trailer to different locales to support families of the unlawfully detained.

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I: How can we do this?

First, to spread awareness about unlawful detention and promote the Adopt-a-Detainee campaign Amnesty will be visiting cities, venues, universities(Institutes), etc worldwide in their Adopt-a-Detainee Trailer educating people about unlawful detainment, introducing families in need through videos, presenting them with some problems, and inviting them to sign-up and volunteer! 

From there, those volunteer teams (that signed up) raise more awareness, find solutions, and fund-raise in attempt to travel with Amnesty to the chosen ‘hot spot’ where unlawful detainment seems prominent. Workshops and a clinic-like setting will be set up where Amnesty, the teams, and affected families can interact. Here personal relationships and understanding can be established and problems can be solved collaboratively.

II: Adopt-a-Detainee Campaign process:

- Through something like  Ivan’s ‘Heat Maps’ Amnesty can identify localized areas or 'hot spots' where most detainment occurs.
- Amnesty then chooses one hot spot at a time.
- Amnesty travels to the ‘hot spot’ and collects stories with their AAD Trailer.
- Amnesty then goes to different venues and universities for people interested to sign up/donate.
- Volunteer teams are created based on various criteria (location, etc).
- Teams consisting of local and global player adopt a detainee each.
- Teams then work with Amnesty and their resources to come up with solutions back at the ‘hot spot’.
- Amnesty then moves to the next ‘hot spot’ and the process starts all over again.

III: Campaigning on the Road:

The locals go to their respective adopted detainee's family. They interact with them and find out the details about how the detainee was detained and how the incident has effected the fam ily. The locals then discuss these issues with the global players. B oth the local and global players discuss the problem and the solution. The global players can help with the use of technology that can be used to solve the solution while the locals can determine the current economic situation at that place and the access/availability of technology and its feasibility. While the global players help to bring a broader perspective with respect to analyzing the problem and solution, the locals help in bringing in the cultural perspective about any issue.


1) At A Sports Event:
A big city's professional sports team is holding a game to sponsor the Amnesty International's Adopt-a-Detainee campaign. During the game they promote the campaign on the Jumbo Tron while outside at the entrance to the venue the AAD Trailer is parked running videos of detainee families and their struggles. 
Inspired by fortune cookies, “Hope Cookies” with facts about unlawful detainment will be handed out along with the link to the Amnesty International campaign website on the back.  There is an option to sign up for the Adopt-a-Detainee campaign and another to just donate.

2) At a University(Institution):
The AAD Trailer is in town! A Street Play is going on in the university's court or lawn just before an educational seminar about unlawful detainment by Amnesty International is held. The AAD Trailer is again, handing out “Hope Cookies” with information about Amnesty's campaign along with options to sign up and/or donate.

IV: Volunteering

If we can get global volunteers as well as volunteers from the chosen ‘hot spot’ the program’s overall contribution will be strong.

1) Global Contribution
  • Broad perspective (analysis & solution)
  • Technological/other resources
  • Offer donations/funds

2) Local Contribution
  • Cultural perspective (analysis & solution)
  • Feasibility (determines economic conditions & technology)
  • Local resources (e.g. rent-able spaces)

The local volunteers can help Amnesty and other global volunteers determine the current economic situation and feasibility at that ‘hot spot’ and seek out accessibility/availability of technology and its feasibility. The local volunteers’ knowledge of culture and society will help the collaboration between the families and other global volunteers.

AAD Clinics

After local and global volunteer teams are made, whatever teams that have the capability and means to will travel to this ‘hot spot’ to help Amnesty set up a clinic. The affected families will travel to this fairly local, centralized clinic for support. These clinics will act as an information hub offering Amnesty International’s services, workshops, and other contributions. For example, there could be creative workshops for simulations and role playing games re-enacting unlawful detainment and letter writing workshops.

V: Technology

Clinical style is fairly low-tech. An Amnesty International Adopt-a-Detainee website that updates followers, donors, and other volunteers who could not travel with Amnesty. This will help connect and enhance the support and communication from the low-tech local workshops, stories, and videos to the world wide audience.

What kind of resources are needed to get this idea off the ground and/or support it over time?

People: The organizer The volunteers The technical specialists Money: Donation Sponsors Marketing Networks/partnerships Website

My Virtual Team

1, SACK--ThinkTank: 2, SACK--One compulsory course: 3, SACK--Team Effort: 4, adopt a village & rickshaw challenge: 5, Heat Map: 6, Shift Van:

How could this idea also be adapted to work in low-tech situations?

This concept is both for low-tech and high tech situations. Even if the area doesn't have great technology and wealth, we can still support for them.


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