Collection Description

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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Letter from a group of detainees
A group of 13 detainees writes that they are in need of help. While thanking the Allies for help received, they say that they have no recourse but to ask again. Author DDC wrote and sent the letter on behalf of Author EES, Author BBV, Author CCD, Author EEX, Author EEY, Author EEZ, Author FFA, Author FFB, Author FFC, Author FFE, Author FFG, and R. J.