I just got off the phone with a woman at the Southwest Key facility in Pleasant Hill, CA (about 30 min from my house, and where my mom grew up) where 2 "adolescent girls" who've been separated from their parents have been transferred and are being held. The woman on the phone obviously couldn't give me specific information, and said that at this time they are not taking donations. BUT: When I asked her if they would accept letters/cards of support + love for these young girls, she said yes, of course, and assured me they'd be passed on to the girls.

#ACTION: Send letters/cards to: 808 Grayson Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

AND/OR Find the facility nearest to you and see if you can contact them and make the same inquiry.

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting just published a list of the known facilities housing immigrant youth:…/heres-a-map-of-shelters-where…/

These facilities vary dramatically in size, and I imagine they will vary in how they respond to calls, and to mail. So no guarantees that this is a broadly effective action—again, I'd suggest checking with facilities first. The one I just spoke with is very small, and the woman I spoke to seemed to be both overwhelmed and genuinely appreciative of my call (I assured her I wasn't calling to get mad or yell at her, but to inquire about how best to support). To be clear: I know very little about this facility, and this is not an endorsement of it).

If you do write letters, I suggest making the messages simple—supportive, loving, uplifting. En espanol if possible (though we can't assume they speak Spanish—many of the folks come speak other indigenous languages).

I'm very open to feedback on this idea if folks want to suggest better/different ways to go about it/approach it. I just saw the article about the one near me, and called.