Here's how your gift can help:

  • Provide funds for detained refugees and asylum-seeker to purchase critical items like soap, medical supplies, and food from Commissary.

  • Pay for phone calls to lawyers, family, and OMDR organizers.

  • Cover the cost of shelter, food, and transportation for recently-released migrants while they self-quarantine and fight their cases from the outside.

Give dignity. Give hope. Give now.

San Diego's Detention Center currently has the largest number of confirmed cases of Covid19 of all immigration facilities in the country. Our friends inside can't socially distance, are being forced to use makeshift masks, and are regularly threatened by guards when they demand increased safety measures. In this pandemic, your gift is more important than ever.

As a grassroots collective of local volunteers, your donation goes directly to the people that need it—refugees and asylum-seekers imprisoned in or recently released from the Otay Mesa Detention Center (OMDC). For an example of how your donation will be used, please see the wishlist below.


Note that we also accept donations via Venmo using @otaymesadetentionresistance

OMDR Wishlist

Refugees and asylum-seekers who are imprisoned in OMDC can purchase items from the OMDC Commissary, but these items are expensive and people earn extremely low wages for their hard work (often less than $1.50 per day). Your gift helps us replenish people's commissary accounts and, in turn, improve their sense of dignity, humanity, and agency. It also helps us keep people safe after they've been released.

Hotel Fund


Help a recently released

detainee "shelter in place" safely with two nights in an inexpensive hotel.

Phone Fund


Help an asylum-seeker talk on the phone with their lawyer, or connect with family and friends.

Hygiene Fund


Supply a detainee with  essentials such as soap, toilet paper, toothbrush, shampoo, and lotion.

Food Fund


Help purchase items such as cans of tuna and chicken, ramen noodles, peanut butter, and coffee.

Medicine Fund


Soothe illnesses with ibuprofen, cough drops, antacid tablets, and antibiotic ointment. 

Transport Fund


Help a recently released detainee avoid deportation by funding rides to and from court hearings and administrative offices.

OMDR is fiscally sponsored by the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA); your bank statement will show PANA as the recipient of your donation, but the funds will go to OMDR. All gifts to PANA/OMDR are tax-deductible. If you have any questions, or if you would like to donate using a different platform than PayPal, please contact us.

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