Immigration detention is a lonely experience. A kind word in the form of a letter can make a huge difference. Writing letters is an easy and meaningful way to be a compassionate presence to those in immigration detention – to remind them that they are not alone or forgotten.
At first, writing to a stranger can feel intimidating. What do I say? How do I introduce myself? What if they don’t respond? Craft a message from the heart, and mail it with an open mind – you will be surprised by what can happen!
Today I learned that every day, the U.S. government incarcerates 34,000 immigrants in detention facilities all across the country. I am writing to tell you that I am sorry, and to reassure you that you are not alone or forgotten. Even though we have never met, I am thinking of you and sending warm wishes your way.
If you are interested, I would like to be your pen pal. Every month we can write letters to each other.
Please understand that I am not a lawyer or social worker, but am writing simply as a concerned friend. If you would like to be my pen pal, please write me back at:
PO Box 12345
San Diego, CA 99999
Your courage and strength is inspirational!
All the best,