Detained friends find themselves isolated from all contact with family and friends.  Someone to write and correspond with can make a big difference.

If you can’t visit a detained friend at the detention centers, you can reduce their isolation by writing to them regularly, helping to accomplish many of the same ends as face-to-face visits.  We especially need people who can correspond in Spanish.

Would you like a Pen Pal for your family member or friend?

First Friends can provide your family member or friend in immigration detention with someone who will write them on a regular basis. Have your family member or friend call the First Friends Hotline to request a pen pal.  Hotline numbers for each detention center are as follows:

Bergen:  *9011# and *9012#
EDC:  #8996 or #8996
Essex:  #96 or #97
HCCJ:  *9006# & *9008#

Become a Pen Pal to a Detained Friend

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