LIFE Bond Fund
AN INHUMANE SYSTEM: IMMIGRANTS DETAINED, DEPORTED AND DENIED DUE PROCESS
As the attacks on immigrants worsen, so do the staggering backlogs and wait times in immigration courts. More than 400,000 immigrants will be imprisoned in the coming year before any finding that they are even deportable. Many cannot find affordable, trustworthy lawyers and are left to fight their own cases from behind bars with few resources.
The Justice Department’s own data shows that mass incarceration of immigrants is unnecessary. In a recent study of all detained immigrants released on bond, more than two-thirds (68%) were ultimately ruled NOT to be deportable. Of those freed on bond, just 14% failed to appear for a court hearing, a rate significantly lower than the overall no-show rate.
No one should be deported. Caging immigrants is an injustice that should outrage us all.
A HUMANE RESPONSE: NSC’s L.I.F.E BOND FUND and Anti-Detention Program
Created in 2017 thanks to a generous seed grant from an anonymous donor, the NSC Live In Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E.) Bond Fund's main objective is to bond out detained Friends so they can fight their cases from their communities instead of from behind bars.
Once bond is set, NSC wires the funds to a faith leader, who then obtains a cashier’s check from their banking institution. The check is submitted in person along with necessary documents at 26 Federal Plaza. Each NSC faith leader understands the requirements for this program and assumes responsibility.
To date, the program has freed more than 60 Friends, some of whom have lived in the United States for decades. Their diverse lives and experiences bear testament to the arbitrary and cruel basis of the government’s decisions about who represents a danger to the community. Liberated Friends include a young man who is legally blind and suffers from cerebral palsy, a young woman who spent her 18th birthday in a Texas jail, and a mother of an 8-year-old who was separated from her child for 14 months.
Given the long wait times for processing immigration cases, it may be two years or more before these funds can be returned to the program. We continue seeking new funds to continue to bond out friends in the meantime.
Want to be a monthly donor?
Become a monthly sustainer of our LIFE Bond Fund here.
Prefer to mail a check?
Checks should be made out to Judson Memorial Church with New Sanctuary Coalition LIFE Bond Fund in the memo line. Send checks along with this form to:
New Sanctuary Coalition
239 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012
NSC is fiscally sponsored by Judson Memorial Church, a 501c3 nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.