Pen Pal Ministry

Immigration detention is a lonely experience. A kind word in the form of a letter can make a huge difference. Writing letters is an easy and meaningful way to be a compassionate presence to those in immigration detention – to remind them that they are not alone or forgotten.

At first, writing to a stranger can feel intimidating. What do I say? How do I introduce myself? What if they don’t respond? Craft a message from the heart, and mail it with an open mind – you will be surprised by what can happen!


Dear Friend,

Today I learned that every day, the U.S. government incarcerates 34,000 immigrants in detention facilities all across the country. I am writing to tell you that I am sorry, and to reassure you that you are not alone or forgotten. Even though we have never met, I am thinking of you and sending warm wishes your way.

If you are interested, I would like to be your pen pal. Every month we can write letters to each other.

Please understand that I am not a lawyer or social worker, but am writing simply as a concerned friend. If you would like to be my pen pal, please write me back at:

PO Box 12345
San Diego, CA 99999

Your courage and strength is inspirational!

All the best,


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