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You can watch a short overview of the campaign above!

You can watch the full fold in with amazing panelists from Detention Watch Network, United We Dream, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center above!

Step One. Fold a paper origami crane. You may use any paper of any size or style, but it should be in the shape of a square. Directions for folding a paper crane can be found below. 

Step Two. On the wings of your paper crane, write: “Reunify Now” and “End Title 42.”

Step Three. If you have social media, take a photo of your paper crane and post it on social media with the hashtags: #ReunifyNow #EndTitle42 and tag Tsuru For Solidarity:

Step Four. Place your paper crane into an envelope. If you have access to a printer, feel free to include this letter addressed to the Biden administration or write your own personal message. Mail your paper crane (and letter) to the White House at the following address:  

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500

Step Five (Optional). Share the photo of your paper crane on social media again on May 5 – which is Children’s Day in Japan. 

Join us from anywhere - learn to make a paper tsuru:

213,277 TSURU FOLDED | GOAL 525,000

We did it — we folded 125,000 cranes! 

Thank you thank you! Together, we are a mighty force.

We have therefore decided to set a new goal of 400,000 additional tsuru — the number of immigrants incarcerated annually — to add to our initial goal of 125,000. That brings our new goal to 525,000 and we are already nearing the halfway point. We hope that you’ll join us as we continue to fold. We wish to show that immigrant children, youths, families and other detainees seeking safety in our country will not be forgotten. Help us stop the indifference. 

We bring tsuru to our protest sites as a sign of peace and healing.

You can be a part of our actions by making and stringing paper cranes. 

Let’s free our cranes from quarantine and share a photo of them on social media with the hashtag #tsururising. Please indicate your location and, if you’d like, add your name or organization. You may also send your image to

More details soon on where to send them–please hold onto them for now! 

tsuru folding instructions
credit: Lauren Sumida, adapted from Orizuru model diagram by Andrew Hudson, Public Diagram Project


For stringing tsuru (cranes), we ask that tsuru be strung together, touching each other, with no loose thread or spaces between them. This is important, as it helps prevent the chain from tangling. If you would like to nest them inside each other, you may do so, but make sure they are not nested too tightly (otherwise the chain of tsuru cannot bend).

Other notes:

  • Please make the chain of tsuru no longer than 4 feet/ 1.2 meters.
  • It’s best to use no. 5 embroidery thread and a big tapestry needle. Please avoid use of fishing line or regular sewing thread to string the cranes–these tangle very easily.
  • Please make a loop at the top of the strung tsuru and fasten a large safety pin to it (not paper clips). 
  • The number of cranes per strand depends on the size of the origami paper
  • If you’d like to tag your string with a group or family name, please do so! 
  • If you can write the total number of cranes on the outside of each packaging, it will help us keep count without having to opening each package. 

 Thank you! 

Here is an ideal tsuru chain--tsuru resting on top of each other on a string about 4 feet long, with enough flexibility to bend

Check out our video tutorial for step-by-step tsuru stringing guidelines:

Video by Emiko Omori

Shout out to our tsuru community contributors - thank you so much!