Friends Of Orange County Detainees


 
Jan Meslin, Program Coordinator of Friends of Orange County Detainees, speaks at the May Day March in Santa Ana, May 2013.

Come and join us at our next Orange County Friends Meeting!
Email us at Friendsofocdetainees@gmail.com for the next training date and location.
 
Vision: By our actions, we seek to honor equity and justice in human relations, and respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, by a strong, vibrant visitation program of undocumented people placed in detention centers in Orange County, California.
 
Visión: Por nuestras acciones, buscamos honrar igualdad y justicia en relaciones humanas, y respecto a la red interdependiente de toda la existencia de la cual formamos parte, por medio de un programa de visitas fuerte y vibrante a detenidos indocumentados que se encuentran en centros de detención en el Condado de Orange.
 
Where: A growing number of caring people from Orange County, California, are currently visiting people in detention at James A. Musick, a minimum security prison in Irvine, and at the Santa Ana City Jail and in the near future Theo Lacy in Orange.
 
Our visitation program is approved by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). People in detention request visitors using a signup sheet posted in their dorms. The names of
the people in detention are distributed to visitors, primarily according to language spoken. Spanish visitors are in great demand, but people in detention often speak enough English to enjoy the visit of an English-speaking visitor, too.
 
Donde: Un creciente número de personas interesadas en en Condado de Orange actualmente visitan detenidos en James A. Musick, una prisión de seguridad mínima en Irvine, y la cárcel de Santa Ana, en el futuro también Centro Theo Lacy en Orange. Nuestro programa de visitas es aprobado por El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas, en ingles “ICE.”
 
Los detenidos solicitan que los visiten anotandose en la lista que se pone en los dormitorios. Los nombres de los detenidos se distribuyen entre los representantes del programa que hacen visitas, primordialmente dado el idioma que hablan. Representante para este program que hablan español están en gran demanda, mas frecuentemente los detenidos hablan suficiente ingles para disfrutar las visitas de quienes hablan ingles.
 
Sponsoring Organizations/Las Organizaciones Patrocinadoras: Friends of Orange County Detainees is sponsored by Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation and is a CIVIC-affiliated visitation program.  Amigos de los Detenidos de O.C. es miembro de Iniciativas Comunitarias para Visitar Inmigrantes en Detención, en ingles CIVIC.
 
Contact Us!
To become a visitor volunteer in Orange County, California, email Friendsofocdetainees@gmail.com and cc info@endisolation.org. For more information about Friends of Orange County Detainees, call 949-682-5053.
 
Resources
Friends of Orange County Detainees’ Volunteer Training Manual
Friends Of Orange County Detainees’ Training Presentation
Download a copy of our flier in English or in Spanish and pass it along to your friends!
 
Us in the News!
Who is Overseeing Immigration Detention?, Huffington Post, July 2013.
 
The Stories They Hear, Orange County Register, June 10, 2013.
 
Former Detained U.S. Hiker Sarah Shourd Speaks Out Against Immigration Detention, Huffington Post, June 6, 2013.
 
Alleviating Detainees’ Isolation, Orange County Register, May 2013.
 
A Window into the World of Immigrant Detainees, VOICE of Orange County, Feb. 2013.
 

“Es algo tan sencillo de hacer.  Ir a platicar con alguien por treinta minutos.  Que tan pequeño gesto haga gran diferencia a alguien es conmovedor.  Devuelve la humanidad al frente donde debe estar.  Nos olvidamos de ello en nuestras vidas tan ocupadas.” – Ellen D., Visitante
 
“One of the most fulfilling volunteer experiences I have been a part of. I realize that I cannot solve all the problems of the immigration system, but for 30 minutes I can listen and remind someone that they are not alone. To be honest, I don’t see this so much as a political cause but a humanitarian cause that I cannot ignore any longer.” – Karen N., Visitor