Update: The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has generously donated a matching grant of $5,000. Please help us get to $12,500 to unclock this grant!
As thousands of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and other countries head toward the United States in the hopes of seeking refuge from persecution, poverty and violence, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) is trying to silence Freedom for Immigrants and stop us from offering aid. But you can help us fight back!
ICE and its private prison contractor CCA/CoreCivic have shut down our affiliated visitation program, SOLACE or Souls Offering Loving and Compassionate Ears, at the Otay Detention Facility in San Diego. Many of the migrants with previous caravans have been or remain detained at this detention facility, which is the closest to the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California.
When Freedom for Immigrants recently advocated on behalf of SOLACE, ICE shut down our free hotline at Otay and blocked the personal cell phone of our national hotline coordinator, Cynthia Galaz. On any given day, we were receiving up to 500 phone calls from people detained at Otay.
While we work to restore our free hotline, you can help us fight back by donating funds for migrants to be able to make a free phone call from Otay. As you know, calls made from inside immigration detention are prohibitively expensive. A 15-minute phone call costs about $25. There are over 1,000 people detained at Otay at any given time. To give each person in immigration detention at Otay one free phone call, which can be life-changing, we are hoping to raise $25,000.
Please join us with a tax-deductible donation to give the gift of communication. One phone call can help a person secure legal representation, let their families know where they are being held, report abuse, and give them hope by knowing they are not alone. Learn more about the U.S. government’s attack on our program and our friends in detention.