...Because this sounds a bit more "Professional" and "Appropriate" than "#FreeJustina, you godforsaken Nazi robot!" Or whatever...
Dear Commissioner Olga Roche:
I am also one of those across the country who is highly concerned about Justina Pelletier and the conditions in which she is being held. I do not in any way intend this communication to be a threat against anyone in MA DCF, or against any other party. I am aware that your agency and other public officials involved in the case of Ms. Pelletier and her family have received threatening and otherwise inappropriate communications, and I do not condone, nor have I have involved myself, in any such behaviors. I do believe that both Ms. Pelletier and her family have been ill-served by DCF, by Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), and by your state's juvenile court system; and that Ms. Pelletier's health has declined as a direct and indirect result of this. Recent photos of Ms. Pelletier are all over the Internet; so there is little point at present in holding her incommunicado, restricting her contact with the outside world, and prohibiting her family even from photographing her. I believe that she indeed suffers from a diagnosable physical (not psychiatric) condition, and that she must be seen immediately by her court-ordered medical team based at Tufts University Medical Center. Please immediately order that her medical evaluation and appropriate treatment for whatever conditions she suffers from should go forward at once, without any further delay.
My primary concerns are that Ms. Pelletier must receive medical treatment appropriate to her actual condition (and that she be evaluated thoroughly, either to confirm or rule out a mitochondrial disorder); and that she be free to visit, contact, and communicate with anyone she wishes, whenever she wishes to do this. The State of Massachusetts is now completely responsible for her life, health and welfare; so I must insist that her wishes, needs and opinions be listened to, respected and implemented without delay. Ms. Pelletier is now 15 years of age, going on 16; hence, she is old enough to take an active role in her own medical care and all other decision-making pertinent to her own life. She must be allowed to contact family, friends, media or whomever by post, cellphone, email, online social media, or in person; and no longer held in isolation like a convicted felon or someone threatening national security. If she wishes to have an online presence, via blog, website, Facebook, Twitter or other social media, she should be free to do so, and not in any way impeded from exercising her Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of expression. If she wishes to participate in religious services or celebrations (Christmas, Easter, etc.) with family and friends, she must, by law, be free to do so (and to visit with clergy members or chaplains if at all possible). She must, by law, receive appropriate education and tutoring in order to help her catch up and prevented from further falling behind in her studies. When visiting with friends and family, she must be free to communicate on any subject she chooses, including the quality and nature of hospital and outpatient treatment that she has received to date. Please immediately order the DCF employees involved with Ms. Pelletier to allow her free communication with the outside world, and to stop treating her like a terrorist in solitary confinement.
I thank you for receiving and reading this communication; and I look forward to your positive and prompt reply.
Karen I. Olsen
Seattle, WA USA