Friends of Orange County Detainees

“Without Friends of Orange County Detainees I have no idea what would have happened to me. Without them I would not have been granted asylum.”
— Male, country of origin Ghana, detained for 6 months.

Now more than ever, we need to stand firm in the belief that our country has a big heart and is welcoming to all those in need. Supporting the vital work of Friends of Orange County Detainees is one way of living out these values.

So far in 2016 we have visited over 1,600 detainees, letting each person know that they have not been forgotten. Our Transition Program has helped over 50 people from 20 countries, supporting asylum seekers to safely reach their new communities. Through your acts of friendship we have been able to let all of these people know that America cares.

“Friends of Orange County Detainees was the first letter I got, and no matter what was inside, it brought joy knowing that someone made the time to explain what’s going on.”
— Female, country of origin Kiribati, currently detained for 4 months.

Please Support Our Work

Despite all of your wonderful work, the need is still overwhelming, and we can’t quit now. We are asking for a year-end contribution that will help us keep their hopes alive. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us achieve so much including:

  • Greater program visibility in the community to attract additional sponsors and volunteers.
  • More efficient coordination of transition services and occasional temporary housing for asylum seekers.
  • Food, clothing, and miscellaneous travel expenses for asylum seekers to safely reach their new homes.

Donate to Friends of Orange County Detainees

Pay online (below) with a credit card or PayPal. Or to pay by cash, check or money order please print & complete this form and return to Tapestry.


Download our brochure (PDF, 8 MB)

Come and join us at our next Friends of Orange County Detainees Meeting!

Download March Meeting Info (PDF, 26KB)

Download March Meeting Poster (PDF, 2.5MB)

Download April Meeting Info (PDF, 26KB)

Download May Meeting Info (PDF, 26KB)

Friends of Orange County Detainees visit immigrants at the James Musick Facility in Irvine, the Santa Ana Jail and Theo Lacy Facility in Orange.  Our purpose is humanitarian.  We visit to listen and care.  Many detainees have no other visitors and are THRILLED to have a visit. We welcome you to come and learn more. 

Already a volunteer? Visit our volunteer portal where you can log visits and find great resources.

Vision: By our actions, we seek to honor equity and justice in human relations, and respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, by a strong, vibrant visitation program of undocumented people placed in detention centers in Orange County, California.

Visión: Por nuestras acciones, buscamos honrar igualdad y justicia en relaciones humanas, y respecto a la red interdependiente de toda la existencia de la cual formamos parte, por medio de un programa de visitas fuerte y vibrante a detenidos indocumentados que se encuentran en centros de detención en el Condado de Orange.

Where: A growing number of caring people from Orange County, California, are currently visiting people in detention at James A. Musick, a minimum security prison in Irvine, and at the Santa Ana City Jail.

Our visitation program is approved by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). People in detention request visitors using a signup sheet posted in their dorms. The names of the people in detention are distributed to visitors, primarily according to language spoken. Spanish visitors are in great demand, but people in detention often speak enough English to enjoy the visit of an English-speaking visitor, too.

Donde: Un creciente número de personas interesadas en en Condado de Orange actualmente visitan detenidos en James A. Musick, una prisión de seguridad mínima en Irvine, y la cárcel de Santa Ana. Nuestro programa de visitas es aprobado por El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas, en ingles “ICE.”

Los detenidos solicitan que los visiten anotandose en la lista que se pone en los dormitorios. Los nombres de los detenidos se distribuyen entre los representantes del programa que hacen visitas, primordialmente dado el idioma que hablan. Representante para este program que hablan español están en gran demanda, mas frecuentemente los detenidos hablan suficiente ingles para disfrutar las visitas de quienes hablan ingles.

Friends of Orange County Detainees Needs Your Help!

Detainees are often released with just the clothes on their backs. If you are able to help by donating the following, it would be much appreciated. Clothing should be clean and gently worn.

  • jeans or casual pants of all sizes, both male and female, although men’s clothing is most needed
  • jackets
  • shirts, t-shirts and sweatshirts of all sizes
  • socks
  • shoes
  • sweaters
  • washcloths
  • small notebooks and pens
  • toiletries- (unopened) toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap, Q-tips, baby oil, baby wipes, combs, disposable razors
  • backpacks and duffel bags

Please bring them to Tapestry or call to arrange a pickup. Thank You!