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 Guatemalan detainee
M. seeks asylum and needs money in the telephone account "to call my family because since I left Guatemala I have not been able to call my family."
Letter from a Guatemalan detainee
M. learned about the Allies from other detained persons, and requests assistance.

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