The Detainee Allies Letter Collection (previously Otay Mesa Detention Center Detainee Letters) documents the hidden stories of hundreds of refugees from human rights hot spots around the world--including Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, Brazil, Cameroon, Eritrea and China. The letters are from detainees held at various detention centers under the authority of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). These letters provide insight into the lives of asylum seekers and migrants both before and during detention. Identifying information has been redacted to protect the privacy and safety of the writers. Letters date from July 2018 to present.
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- K. requests assistance in finding legal representation and sends legal papers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which are retained in the offline archive. K. testifies in the "credible fear" interview about experiences in their native country. Letters by K.'s husband (E. K) are listed as related resources
- K. sends 17 pages of Department of Homeland Security documents, including a "Notice to Appear," a "Record of Determination/Credible Fear Worksheet," and "Credible Fear Interview Notes" relating to her asylum case. These documents will not be published online, but will be retained in the offline archive.
- Part of the English-speaking minority who seek independence from the francophone majority, the A. fears reprisal if returned home. A. wants to publicly share the story by writing an article. This letter enclosed a legal document pertaining to the A.'s $50,000 bond, which was removed to protect the author's privacy and safety.