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WORDS OF SOLIDARITY: Join IRTF in writing messages to children in ICE custody

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022
June 29 12-2pm ET, June 30 5-7pm ET
IRTF office - parking lot on the west side of the building 3606 Bridge Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113


Join us in writing letters & drawings to migrant children in temporary housing who are in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Everyday, children cross into the US without their parents. They are placed into ICE custody. Some are sent to detention centers. Others are sent into government and nonprofit foster family systems. They are given shelter, education, counseling and other services, but they are still technically detained in ICE custody. These kids (mostly teens and mostly from Central America) have had to endure heartbreaking and traumatizing journeys to get here in search of a brighter future. And while it does not fix what is broken, sending messages of love and solidarity will hopefully bring them some joy and show them that they are welcome here. Help us spread the message and send letters and drawings to children in temporary housing sponsored by the Holy Family Institute in Pittsburgh, PA!

Where: under a shade tree next to the IRTF parking lot, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113

What: masks, sanitizer and art supplies provided 

What else: Refreshments will likely be available

Stop by—even if you can stay only 15 minutes to write a short letter, make a drawing, construct a poem. Any words of encouragement for these kids will be much appreciated.