FOCD In the News

Local humanitarian group comforts asylum seekers
Orange County Register - October 28, 2016
They call her Ghana Mama. Ellen DeYoung of Laguna Niguel has become the lifeline for many of the African asylum seekers who are detained in local jails waiting for court hearings. She is one of about 50 volunteers from the Mission Viejo humanitarian group Friends of Orange County Detainees, whose members each year make more than 1,200 visits to detainees at James A. Musick Facility in Irvine, the Santa Ana Jail in Santa Ana and the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange.
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Group lends an ear and a helping hand to detainees
Los Angeles Times - December 12, 2015
Bev Huff had never thought much about immigration, only what she read in newspapers or heard on TV. "I could see both sides of it," the Lake Forest resident said. "It wasn't an issue I had decided on."
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Immigrant detainees; tales revealed to visitors
Orange Count Register -June 7, 2013
The first story, like so many stories Jan Meslin would hear at the immigrant detention center in Irvine, was hard to follow, and Meslin didn't know how much of it was true. But that didn't matter. What mattered was the connection.
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