Richen, recently deported from the U.S after serving just over 5 years of a 6 year sentence, explains that she wasn't forgotten.

“My time, like any inmate there, was difficult; but I am extremely lucky to have had the support of Prisoners Abroad. You can't possibly imagine the emotions that run through an inmate at various, difficult times of the year; and to receive Christmas and birthday cards from people that don't know you, aren't judging you and want nothing more than to send best wishes to a stranger is priceless.

At various points during my incarceration I felt lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten. It seems your team sensed this because it was always at my lowest times that I got a surprise - a newspaper, greeting card or magazine that made me feel closer to home and lifted my spirits. I could get through another day because I knew that despite my fears, I WASN'T forgotten.

Your support is invaluable, and not just for me. You made this journey a little easier for my family and that, in turn eased my mind too. I can't possibly express my gratitude to Prisoners Abroad, I hope you can pass on to all those involved, just how happy I am to be able to say 'thank you' - your kindness, hard work and beautiful hearts will never be forgotten. Bless you all.”

Being offered a lifeline can change everything. 

Prisoners Abroad translates human rights law into practical life-saving actions by providing prisoners access to vitamins and essential food, emergency medical care, freepost envelopes to keep in touch with home and books and magazines to help sustain mental health.