Elizabeth Ferguson was matched with Maria who was detained at Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield California. Through their letter writing, Ferguson learned about the realities of conditions within detention centers and found tangible ways to increase her involvement in immigrant justice work. She learned more about Maria’s life and why she migrated to the United States. Inspired to help free Maria from harsh conditions, Elizabeth even became Maria’s sponsor so she could be released. Today, they remain made life-long friends.