New Sanctuary Coalition

Keeping families together and advocating against deportations


No one can create sanctuary alone. It takes a community. The vital and varied work of New Sanctuary is done every day by hundreds of volunteers with all kinds of talents and strengths. We always need more volunteers because the work is never done. The government’s unreasoned attacks on immigrants grow and we grow to meet the needs.

Here are links to many of the ways you can help. Pick one. Pick more than one. We’ll provide any needed training. You provide the people power.

  • Accompaniment Training

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ

    The New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) accompaniment program recruits and trains volunteers to accompany people facing deportation to their immigration hearings and ICE check-ins. This provides moral support to the person facing deportation and enables volunteers to hold immigration authorities accountable. Standing in solidarity with migrants facing deportation also demonstrates to immigration judges, ICE officers, and government attorneys that there is a community mobilized against their deportation.

    The Immigration Accompaniment Program helps support families who are going through the immigration process in 3 ways:

    • PROVIDES A SUPPORT STRUCTURE to strengthen those caught in immigration proceedings
    • KEEPS FAMILY MEMBERS INFORMED at every step of the process as their loved ones move forward
    • HOLDS LEGAL OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE for providing accurate information and serving due process

    It is a concrete way to extend sanctuary for the most vulnerable among us. Sanctuary is not a physical entity but the spaces wherein all of us can breathe freely and in dignity.

    We are building a movement that cares and protects the other, not matter where they are from or who they are.

    How does it work?  

    Training consists of grounding the immigration system's present moment in its historical and political context, framing our work through NSC's founding principles, delving into the specifics of what our accompaniment work accomplishes, and outlining strategies for allyship in light of current threats to migrant communities. 

    Once you're trained you become part of the accompaniment program. You'll learn about upcoming accompaniments and can sign up for time slots and locations that work for you. You'll also leave with resources, information and thought partnership for building a stronger network of allies in your community.  

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