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Join the Jewish response to the refugee crisis.



HIAS-Freedom For Immigrants Letter Writing Program

Washington, DC
United States


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Join HIAS for a monthly program during volunteers can write letters of compassion and solidarity to asylum seekers in immigration detention.

HIAS partners with Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC), an organization committed to ending isolation and abuse in U.S. immigration detention. HIAS volunteers will be matched with individuals in Freedom for Immigrants' “Pen Pal” database – specifically, with asylum seekers who have requested compassionate correspondence with others, because they are placed in detention centers that do not have in-person visitation programs. At each monthly program, volunteers will both handwrite letters and participate in a short learning session that reflects on refugee and asylum issues through a Jewish lens. All letters will be sent from and received at HIAS – volunteers will not be asked to provide personal addresses.

The program will take place at a convenient location in Washington DC. Registered participants will be notified of the exact location one week before the program.

Participants must be 18 or older.