©2020 by Otay Mesa Detention Resistance. 

This holiday season, give the gift of dignity.

As a grassroots collective of local volunteers, we rely on donations from generous people like you to meet the needs of 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.


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.

OMDR Wishlist

Refugees and asylum-seekers who are imprisoned in OMDC can purchase items from the OMDC Commissary, but these items tend to be very 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. 

Phone Funds


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

Clothing Pack


Provide someone with a basic sweatshirt, a few t-shirts, a pack of socks, and a pack of underwear. 

Hygiene Pack


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

Food Pack


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

Medicine Pack


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

Women's Pack


Help a woman maintain her dignity by covering the cost of tampons and sanitary pads.

Snack Pack


Cover the cost of tiny indulgences like cookies, popcorn, crackers, candy, and chips.

Writing Pack


Help a detained refugee stay connected to the outside world with stamps, envelopes, and paper.

Playing Cards


Days are long for people imprisoned in OMDC. Help a detainee to pass the time with a pack of cards.