What is Sanctuary?

A good definition of sanctuary comes from the recent resolution passed by the diocesan convention of the Diocese of Los Angeles on Dec. 2 and 3, 2016:

… that the congregations and institutions of the Diocese of Los Angeles consider becoming Sanctuary Congregations and Institutions, serving as places of welcome, refuge, healing, and other forms of material and pastoral support for those targeted by hate due to immigration status or some perceived status of difference, and that we work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people…

More information: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/episcopal-diocese-becomes-sanctuary-diocese/

Ways churches and individuals can be involved:

Public Witness - The Jericho Walk is a march in silence and prayer around the federal immigration building in downtown Manhattan at 26 Federal Plaza. This building houses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices and immigration courts, and those in removal proceedings have had to face the immigration judges in court knowing that they'll be given an order of removal and be deported. Marchers walk in prayerful silence and pause at the front of the building to raise their hands in prayer.

Accompaniment Program - The program pairs immigrants who are under the threat of deportation with volunteers who accompany them to their required, periodic check-ins with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP). Having volunteers accompany immigrants to these meetings provides them with a support structure, helps keep their families informed, and holds immigration official accountable for providing accurate information and due process.

For more information in English, contact Ravi Rabgir.

For more information in Spanish, contact Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz.

Ravi Ragbir Defense Committee - The executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, Ravi Ragbir, has had an immigration case for many years. Because of his status, Ravi is required to regularly check-in at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices. Ravi’s next check-in is on Thursday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m

The President has made it clear that people like Ravi are priorities for deportation, exile and exclusion. The President has also made it clear that he intends to make good on many campaign promises, no matter how violent or bleak.

In light of this, it is importantto show ICE the vibrant, resilient, and diverse community that stands in solidarity with Ravi and to make sure that when Ravi goes into the ICE office on Thursday, March 9th, he returns to his wife, his daughter, and to the community for whom he has fought for and alongside, for so long.