Friends of Orange County Detainees Orientation/Training
Sunday, November 11, 1:00-3:00 at Tapestry
What/Who are the Friends of OC Detainees?
Posted by Jan Meslin
We are a group of caring people who visit men and women in immigration detention in Orange County Jails. We visit the James Musick Facility in Irvine right now but will soon expand to the Santa Ana City Jail where many LGBT individuals reside, and eventually to the Theo Lacey Facility in Orange. So far we are made up of 8 from Tapestry, 3 from Laguna Beach UU, 2 from Orange Coast UU, one Quaker from LA, and 2 Catholics. Our purpose is simply to help these women and men in detention end their feelings of isolation and to make them a little happier. We have a very good support system from CIVIC. Learn more about such visitation programs at www.endisolation.org
It has taken us almost 2 years to get to the point where we are actually visiting, 2 years of building relationships with attorneys, the Sheriff’s department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), jail staff, other visitation programs, etc. It has been a transformative experience for us, and we feel we are helping to make the world a better place.
Last month, we conducted a tour of the James Musick Facility, accompanied by CIVIC’s Christina Fialho. While we have been visiting with immigrants during regular visiting hours, we are now working with ICE and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to supplement this visitation program with once-a-month contact visits in a classroom-style setting. CIVIC has collaborated with ICE and the Sheriff’s Department on our behalf, and we are excited to see where this takes us!
We’d love to have you join us on November 11 to learn more about our program and/or to join our efforts. Questions? Email Jan Meslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are standing on the side of love.