First Friends program director, Sally Pillay, will offer a special briefing on the state of detention in NJ today. Please join on your computer or smart phone or by phone: (408) 650-3123; Access Code: 491-024-709. 1pm EST
Monday June 20, is World Refugee Day. And this year there are more forcibly displaced people than at any other time in history. Thousands cannot safely get to camps and are forced to migrate on their own. Once in the US, they are detained in jails. There are some serious concerns about the care of detainees in NJ detention Centers
Detainees medical care is lacking. The New York Times reported on our medical complaint of more than 61 detained people in NJ receiving inadequate medical care. First Friends asked the county, “to immediately intervene to ensure the health and safety of current and future immigrants detained at Hudson County Jail.”
Asylum-seekers and victims of torture are being held in Level Two and Three Jails. Last week Delaney Hall was closed and now aslylum-seekers and victims of torture have been moved to jails. This is especially re-traumatizing for those who have escaped violence and/or experienced it during their escape.
First Friends needs your support so that we can continue to be there those held in detention. Please make a financial contribution to First Friends now. This summer is expected to be very busy. We have many more people to visit, support with housing, job preparation, and to help reunite with families.
We need $23,000 to carry us through the critical summer months — can we count on your help?
Checks can be made out to check to First Friends: 53 S. Hackensack Ave. Kearny, NJ, 07032