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 United States detainee
Two letters are in the same envelope from the same author, this one undated except on the envelope. In this first of the two, F. asks for money for telephone use or for food. The other letter is Letter-0976B.
Letter from a United States detainee
This letter is included in the envelope for Letter-0976A. F. has been assigned a parole bond of $7,500 and cannot pay it since he and his wife have a child and she is pregnant and cannot work. F. will pay back the bond. If no help with the bond is available, he would appreciate money for telephone or commissary.