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Over 400,000 people seeking asylum are held in detention each year.

Many have been detained for more than a year. Refugee Rainbow was created in 2018 to address the basic needs of asylum seekers held in jail-like detention centers throughout the U.S. Many are in need of commissary funds to purchase supplemental food, toiletries, and to make phone calls to loved ones. They need clothing for comfort and dignity for when they are released or deported. Most have yet to receive a letter from a friend or loved one. Outside calls are costly and only allowed for those who have funds.


When a person held in detention receives a letter, funds, or items from Refugee Rainbow, they experience renewed hope, encouragement, and kindness. These people have fled their home country because of genocide and persecution. Often, they endured a treacherous journey of three months or more to seek asylum and protection at our border. These are human beings who have already been through so much trauma. They deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and kindness - and Refugee Rainbow does just that.