New Sanctuary Coalition

Keeping families together and advocating against deportations




Welcome to New Sanctuary Coalition

Hearings in non-detained cases at Newark (NJ) Immigration Court resumed on July 13. Hearings in non-detained cases at NYC immigration courts (26 Federal Plaza, 290 Broadway, and 201 Varick Street) are postponed through, and including, August 21, 2020.
Call EOIR at 800-898-7180 or visit EOIR's automated case information website (click here) once a week to stay informed about a rescheduled court date. ICE and ISAP in-person reporting requirements are suspended until further notice. For questions or concerns about check-ins with ICE or ISAP, contact your local ICE office or ISAP case worker.

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Due to COVID-19, all NSC programs are running remotely.

To volunteer in remote roles, sign up here.

ICE continues to target our community members.
To report ICE raids or activity, call 903-884-4357 or 908-791-5309.

ICE is still holding our Friends despite the spread of the coronavirus. Conditions worsen daily.
Click to learn more about how to advocate for our Friends' release. 

Thank you for always standing with us in solidarity, in faith, and in hope!

Success Stories and Gratitude to Our Volunteers and Community

We are grateful to our extraordinary volunteer community for everything you have done since we transitioned to remote operations. In the time of COVID19 we’ve been able to continue supporting Friends because you have participated and supported our work:

  • 141 Defensive and Affirmative Asylum Applications have been filed since April.
  • 155 weekly pro se clinic volunteers working with 42 Friends each week in June.
  • 130 new Pro Se Clinic volunteers were trained in June.
  • In June, our social work team connected 60 Friends to food assistance programs, healthcare system, shelter system and other basic services.
  • Non-detained court in Newark will re-open on July 13 and in NYC remains suspended through at least July 10. EOIR (Executive Office For Immigration Review) has shared this public health notice to "protect all people working in and visiting EOIR spaces" as they move forward with reopening across the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In person reporting requirements with ICE and ISAP (Intensive Supervision Appearance Program) remain suspended through at least the end of June pending further notice from EOIR / ICE ERO (Enforcement and Removal Operations).
  • Over 700 Friends with hearings or check-ins on our calendar between March 16 and the present day have received personal calls from NSC to be notified of these suspensions.
  • A team of dedicated accompaniment leaders continues to perform weekly checks on all suspended hearings to remain up to date on any rescheduling, while another team calls Friends as their hearings are rescheduled to ensure they know the new date.
  • NSC staff continues to reach out to ICE to facilitate communication and support all Friends in successfully receiving their next check-in dates.
  • Hundreds of phone calls to Friends
  • Hundreds of phone calls to jails, detention centers, local health departments, and other agencies on behalf of friends.
  • NSC contributed towards one bond this month to get our Friend released. Our Friend Yoscal was released from detention after we prepared a pro se Habeas Corpus for him. 
  • We still write letters to Immigration Judges for our Friends. If you are interested in becoming part of the letter writing team, please email: info@newsanctuarynyc.org 

Get involved!

To receive information on these trainings and other upcoming remote volunteer opportunities, please sign up on the Remote Volunteer Opportunities page on our website and indicate areas of interest. 


In this edition: 

  • Stories from Detention/Free Them All
  • Upcoming Events
  • Immigration News
  • Art Corner
  • COVID-19 Resources 
  • Fundraising 
  • Reverend Micah Bucey's Tiny Prayer

 

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May Newsletter

The struggles for liberation and the freedom to live without persecution, to walk the streets and drive the roads, go to work and school and the corner store without threat of state-sanctioned violence, are interconnected and interdependent. The system that hired and trained and employed a police officer who would kneel on the neck of George Floyd until he died is the system that hired and trained and employed an ICE officer who would shoot Erick Diaz Cruz in the face for defending his cousin. 

These systems perpetuate racism and violence because they are built on racism and violence. They are entwined and designed to create a system of fear and oppression rooted in white supremacy and aimed to make unmistakably clear who they believe belongs in this country and who does not, who is afforded dignity and who is not, who deserves to live and whose life can be snuffed out by a police officer’s knee, an ICE officer’s gun, or a virus spreading unchecked through a crowded detention center.

 In the words of Ella’s Song, written to honor the great activist Ella Baker, “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”

New Sanctuary Coalition stands with the protestors, the activists, the healers, the true leaders, and all who hold hope for a better future in our hearts.

We will not rest until it comes.  

Black Lives Matter

Inside: 

  • Success stories 
  • Stories from Detention
  • Upcoming Events
  • Immigration News
  • COVID-19 Resources 
  • Poetry Corner
  • Fundraising 
  • Reverend Micah Bucey's Tiny Prayer
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First and foremost, we are holding in our hearts all who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Also on our minds are on the thousands still reporting to ICE, the thousands attending immigration hearings, and the thousands detained in jails around the nation, forced to live through this pandemic without necessary and proper healthcare and preventative equipment and measures.

WHAT WE'RE DOING

This week, ICE announced that they would be banning "social visitation" in detention facilities. This move will only further isolate human beings who should not be detained in the first place, keeping them from staying in touch with their loved ones. With these compounding acts of cruelty, ICE keeps detainees under their powerful thumb, even using the threat of a virus to further dehumanize the most vulnerable.

Our continuing spiritual imperative is to keep our Friends safe from removal while doing our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It is increasingly difficult to do so because  immigration courts are still open and detention centers won't free our Friends, but as new information surfaces regarding prevention and safety, we will shift our programs, services, and action plans.

Because of your continued support our Accompaniment Program just broke a record -- completing 104 accompaniments in one week! Our Pro Se Clinic also completed more than 15 asylum applications. 

For updates on NYC's response to COVID-19, visit NYC Health.

We will continue to share updates on our web site and all social media platforms. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Volunteer -- We are looking for volunteers in new remote roles. Click HERE for a sign-up form, let us know how you can help, and we'll be in touch soon!

Donate -- The good news is that the investments we are making in digital infrastructure will help us serve more Friends more efficiently after this crisis. The tough news is, these changes put a strain on our budget. Your donations make a huge difference in our ability to respond to emerging crises like Covid-19 without interrupting our critical ongoing programs. Please donate today to make this work possible.

Boost the signal -- Help us make people in your network aware of what's going on with our Friends. ICE continues to target, detain, and deport. Detention centers lack treatment and care options, isolating Friends instead of freeing them. We will continue to update you via email and our social media platforms

Engage your faith leaders -- We are asking faith leaders to pressure immigration judges and detention centers to take drastic measures (including #FreeThemAll) to protect our Friends in detention and at risk of detention. A template for this outreach is available HERE! Reach out to micah@newsanctuarynyc.org with any questions. 

Thank you for always standing with us in solidarity, in faith, and in hope!

Ravi Ragbir and the NSC Team 


Upcoming Trainings

New Sanctuary Coalition

239 Thompson St.

New York, NY 10012

646-395-2925

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