The Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS) can help family members locate their loved ones who they believe are in the custody of ICE after being detained at the border or have submitted themselves to immigration authorities. Not all information will appear in the system. For example, information about minors (under 18) will not appear when you search for them.
How to use the Detainee Locator System:
- Enter the person’s Nationality and Alien Registration Number (A-Number)
- Enter the persons First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth and Country of Origin
- If an individual has two last names and their information does not appear when you search, add a hyphen between the names for better results.
- The embassy of the individual’s country in the United States can also help locate a detainee whose information does not appear through the ODLS.
- You can also contact an ICE Field Office, if you know the field office where your loved one was arrested.
After you have found your loved one’s location, you can contact the facility to inquire about visitation restrictions. Note: federal detention centers conduct background checks on all visitors. Undocumented immigrants who visit a detention center may be detained and/or subject to removal.
If you, a family member or friend would like to discuss the status of a previously detained relative or any other immigration matter. Please contact our office. We can help.