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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Social Justice

ICE Shuts Down Hotline

Dear Freedom for Immigrants Friends and Supporters,

As thousands of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and other
countries head toward the United States in the hopes of seeking refuge
from persecution, poverty and violence, U.S. Immigration & Customs
Enforcement (ICE) is trying to silence Freedom for Immigrants and stop
us from offering aid. But you can help us fight back!

ICE and its private prison contractor CCA/CoreCivic have shut down our
affiliated visitation program, SOLACE or Souls Offering Loving and
Compassionate Ears, at the Otay Detention Facility in San Diego. Many
of the migrants with previous caravans have been or remain detained at
this detention facility, which is the closest to the U.S.-Mexico border
in Southern California. When Freedom for Immigrants recently advocated
on behalf of SOLACE, ICE shut down our free hotline at Otay and blocked
the personal cell phone of our national hotline coordinator, Cynthia
Galaz. On any given day, we were receiving up to 500 phone calls from
people detained at Otay.

While we work to restore our free hotline, you can help us fight back by
donating funds for migrants to be able to make a free phone call from
Otay. As you know, calls made from inside immigration detention are
prohibitively expensive. A 15-minute phone call costs about $25. There
are over 1,000 people detained at Otay at any given time. To give each
person in immigration detention at Otay one free phone call, which can
be life-changing, we are hoping to raise $25,000 (that is $25 per

Please join us with a tax-deductible donation to give the gift of
One phone call can help a person secure legal representation, let their
families know where they are being held, report abuse, and give them
hope by knowing they are not alone. Learn more about the U.S.
government’s attack on our program and our friends in detention in
today’s Los Angeles Times article:




In solidarity,

Rebecca Merton
National Visitation Network Coordinator & Independent Monitor
Freedom for Immigrants
1322 Webster Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone/Text: (510) 806-1330 / Fax: (510) 422-5198

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