The Cincinnati Relief Fund Supports Protesters Who May Have Been Exposed to the Coronavirus While Detained

Organizers say masks are confiscated and sanitizer and distancing are denied at the Hamilton County Justice Center upon arrest. Their goal is to give every person $200 upon release to help with groceries, bills and COVID testing.

click to enlarge Hamilton County Justice Center - Photo: Nick Swartsell
Photo: Nick Swartsell
Hamilton County Justice Center

Everyone has been sharing links on their social media listing different places to donate to support the Black Lives Matter movement, the family of George Floyd and to help end police brutality, in addition to providing bail to protesters and myriad other related causes. 

If you'd like to keep your money local, Cecilia Padilla, Audrey Patterson and Harris Wheeler have created a Cincinnati Relief Fund via GoFundMe

According to the description:

"This fund is to help folks who have been detained and incarcerated during the Coronavirus Pandemic and the ongoing protests in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the Hamilton County Justice Center all masks are confiscated from the detained. They are denied hand sanitizer and people are shoved in small, dirty confinement areas with many others, where it is impossible to physically distance. All who are released will have to be out of work for a minimum of three weeks to avoid spreading Covid-19. Many people may have lost their jobs or are still unemployed.

Our goal is to be able to send at least $200 to every person who needs financial assistance with groceries, bills, rent, and testing for Covid-19 or other medical help. The jail is full of people forced to endure these inhumane conditions and the police are currently still making mass arrests. My partner and friends were only four of hundreds of people that were denied access to basic human rights. We want to provide support for everyone that we can and all help is greatly appreciated."

In addition to those who have been arrested during the protests, the fund will also "support anyone released from police custody in Cincinnati moving forward during this ongoing pandemic."

So far, they have raised more than $14,000 toward their $50,000 stated goal in two days. Funds will be distributed to those who need them via Venmo, Cash App or PayPal. If you don't have a bank account, you'll receive a VISA gift card.

"The abuse did NOT begin with these mass arrests, it has always been there," they say.

If you need assistance, contact [email protected]

North Avondale's Beloved Community Church has also created a Cincinnati bail fund for protesters. You can donate at And if you have questions, you can call Karen Bell at 513-463-7812.

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