Pen Pal Ministry

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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!

Here is a sample letter to get you started:

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 you 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 back and forth. 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,


If you are interested in being matched with an individual in immigration detention, sign up here.