New Sanctuary Coalition

Keeping families together and advocating against deportations




Welcome to New Sanctuary Coalition

Stay informed about a rescheduled court date. Call EOIR at 800-898-7180 or visit EOIR's automated case information website.
For questions or concerns about check-ins with ICE or ISAP, contact your local ICE office or ISAP case worker. If you need support contacting ICE/ ISAP, please contact our office at 646-395-2925.

The information below was obtained from justice.gov

New York - Broadway 290 Broadway, Suite 2900, New York, NY 10007 OPEN FOR FILINGS ONLY
New York - Federal Plaza 26 Federal Plaza, 12th Floor, Room 1237, New York, NY 10278 OPEN FOR FILINGS AND FOR DETAINED HEARINGS ONLY
New York - Varick 201 Varick Street, 5th Floor, Room 507, New York, NY 10014 OPEN FOR FILINGS AND FOR DETAINED HEARINGS ONLY
New Jersey - Newark 970 Broad Street, Room 1200, Newark, NJ 07102

OPEN - Webex Available

Updated: 2/24/2021

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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 908-791-5309.

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

looking back on 2020, ONWARD to 2021

As the residents of the White House change, New Sanctuary Coalition’s vision remains the same: abolition of ICE and the full-scale dismantling of the U.S. immigration system, replacing the current approach of racism and elitism with one based on welcome, equity, and true justice for all.

We know there are those who will see the shift in administration and think New Sanctuary’s work is done. It is not. There are those who will be satisfied with less-horrific policies, with improved treatment of the “good immigrant” and continued cruelty to the “bad immigrant.” We will not. There are those who will be fooled by surface changes, by rearrangements of power that present themselves as progress but continue to perpetuate the systemic and intentional harm done to our Friends in service of a racist, classist status quo.

You will not be fooled. You are New Sanctuary. We are New Sanctuary. And we will not stop until every Friend is afforded the dignity, humanity, and welcome they deserve.

2020 made every aspect of NSC’s work more complex and more urgent. Our staff and volunteers stepped up and stepped in to answer the call, shifting nearly all of our work to online platforms, anticipating and responding to changing needs as the pandemic progressed.

We’ve put together an overview (20 pages and still partial!) of our work this year. A few highlights:

  • Clinic moved online within one week of shelter-in-place being declared. To date this year, 350 clinic volunteers have worked with 587 Friends to file hundreds of asylum claims, work permits, motions to reopen, and change of venue applications.
  • In 2020, we worked with 272 detained Friends, offering crucial support and advice during their incarceration. Through the L.I.F.E. Bond Fund and collaborations with other bond funds, as well as habeas petitions, NSC liberated 26 Friends from detention.
  • Accompaniment shifted its primary focus to ensuring that Friends had the information they needed (and ICE rarely provided) about changes to court dates, paperwork filings, and check-ins. Staff and volunteers placed more than 8,000 calls to EOIR and ICE on behalf of Friends.
  • Through the social work program, 586 Friends got the support they needed to access health care, mental health, eviction protection, food and child care.

We need your help to keep going. With the change in administration, we are hopeful that our work can become more proactive and less reactive. But the work is just as urgent, just as complicated, and your contributions are just as crucial as they’ve ever been.

Please consider making a year-end donation today so we can continue this fight through 2021 and beyond, until this becomes a true sanctuary nation.

In solidarity,

Ravi Ragbir and the New Sanctuary Coalition team

p.s. – As part of the “Universal Deduction” from the CARES Stimulus Act, people who do not itemize deductions may now take an “above the line” deduction up to $300 for charitable contributions. Those who itemize deductions may now itemize charitable deductions up to 100% of adjusted gross income. Please consult your tax advisor for further information.


Join us Thursday October 1 at 7 p.m. as The Workshop Theater presents a special one-night concert reading to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition's anti-detention program. A donation of any amount gets you admission to the livestream of the plays AND a talkback with some of the actors, playwrights, and NSC's own Andres Jimenez. If you make a donation and are unable to watch the Oct, 1 streaming event, you'll receive a link to watch the performance anytime between October 2 and 5.

Get your ticket today! 


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: [email protected] 

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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Upcoming Trainings

We aren't holding our regular trainings right now.
If you're interested in volunteering remotely, tell us how you'd like to be involved and we'll follow up with targetted opportunities.

New Sanctuary Coalition

239 Thompson St.

New York, NY 10012

646-395-2925

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