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
The program pairs immigrants in final removal proceedings with volunteers who accompany them to their required, periodic check-ins with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP).
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 breath 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. We are opening sanctuary spaces on every block where people can feel safe and welcome.
Pro Se Clinic
The New Sanctuary Immigration Clinics focus around the idea that YOU ARE YOUR OWN GREATEST DEFENDER.
As immigrants, we all face deportation in some way. There is a huge community that understands this problem. However, we should not hide our faces in fear from a system that is unjust and unfair. Instead, we should lift our heads and bring our communities together so that we can fight for justice together.
Our goal is for individuals facing immigration proceedings to plan for and understand your own case.
At our weekly clinics, you will learn how to take measures at critical moments in your case in four stages:
- INTAKE -One member from our team will sit down with you to take down your information and any details from your case you would like to share.
- TIMELINE –Using the information you provide, we will help you create a timeline and set up alerts for all the important moments in your case.
- DOCUMENT GATHERING –Gather all your case documents and organize them chronologically. For some, your cases may span a timeframe of many years, so it is important that you keep track of precise dates and the order of proceedings.
- CREATE A CASE PLAN –After you have gathered your documents, and through your basic knowledge of what grounds of relief might apply to you, we will help you write out a list detailing:
- The legal options that might be available to you
- Issues to take care of (missing documents, court transcripts, etc.)
- Legal research to be done
- Community resources (the non-profits, media outlets, electeds, or churches you might reach out to aid you in your case)
Remember, we are always here for support, or to answer any questions you might have through this process. However, there is no one who understands your case better than you. You lived through it. You are your own greatest defender.