New Sanctuary Coalition

Standing in Solidarity with Families and Communities

since 2007

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LIFE Bond Fund


As the attack on immigrants worsens, so do the staggering backlogs and wait times in immigration courts. The average wait time is now almost two years per case, and the backlog set a record, exceeding 650,000 cases. 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 behind bars with few resources.

The Justice Department’s own data show 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 rate. The New Sanctuary Coalition believes that no one should be deported and that caging immigrants is an injustice that should outrage us all.


Created in 2017 thanks to a generous seed grant from an anonymous donor, the NSC Live In Faith Everyday Bond Fund's main objective is to bond out those detained so they can fight their cases from their communities instead of 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 25 immigrants from unlawful and inhumane incarceration. Some have lived in the United States for decades. Their divergent lives and experiences bear testament to the arbitrary and cruel basis of the government’s decisions about who represents a danger to the community. The fund has freed 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 are seeking new funds to be able to continue to bond out friends in the meantime.

New Sanctuary Coalition is a nonprofit with a small staff and 500+ volunteers who work to stop deportations and detentions in order to keep communities and families together.

Who's donating

Ronald Arams
Olivia Button
William Norton
Leila Abu-saada
Athena Viscusi
Joseph Jansen
Jerise Fogel
Nuriel Adler
Rohan Padhye
Judith Goldberg
Pamela Ross
Matthew Hoffman
Turner Barrowman
Tim Duffy
Carole Barrowman
Jeremy Ferris
Jeremy Ferris
Ghita Schwarz
Nuriel Adler
Barbara Aria
Kastalia Medrano
Stephanie Janssen
Annie Nate Schindler
Thomas Brennan
Matthew Thiele
Denise Lekowski
Sarah Schwartz
Nuriel Adler
steven cohen
Laila Abbas
  • Ronald Arams
    donated 2019-06-03 10:58:19 -0400
  • Olivia Button
    donated 2019-06-01 17:22:11 -0400
  • William Norton
    donated 2019-05-16 08:34:51 -0400
  • Leila Abu-saada
    donated 2019-05-15 13:04:36 -0400
  • Athena Viscusi
    donated 2019-05-14 21:36:07 -0400
  • Joseph Jansen
    donated 2019-05-11 18:59:42 -0400
  • Jerise Fogel
    donated 2019-04-19 12:00:18 -0400
  • Nuriel Adler
    donated 2019-04-13 18:28:21 -0400
  • Rohan Padhye
    donated 2019-03-22 00:41:39 -0400
  • Judith Goldberg
    donated 2019-03-21 22:58:09 -0400
  • Pamela Ross
    donated 2019-03-20 15:25:27 -0400
  • Matthew Hoffman
    donated 2019-03-20 09:51:56 -0400
  • Turner Barrowman
    donated 2019-03-20 03:44:21 -0400
  • Tim Duffy
    donated 2019-03-19 23:35:16 -0400
  • Carole Barrowman
    donated 2019-03-19 22:45:49 -0400
  • Jeremy Ferris
    donated 2019-03-19 20:33:10 -0400
  • Jeremy Ferris
    donated 2019-03-19 20:29:13 -0400
  • Ghita Schwarz
    donated 2019-03-19 13:19:25 -0400
  • Nuriel Adler
    donated 2019-03-15 12:56:44 -0400
  • Barbara Aria
    donated 2019-03-09 04:02:09 -0500
  • Kastalia Medrano
    donated 2019-03-08 00:54:41 -0500
  • Stephanie Janssen
    donated 2019-03-07 21:01:44 -0500
  • Annie Nate Schindler
    donated 2019-03-07 20:51:05 -0500
  • Thomas Brennan
    donated 2019-03-06 13:58:14 -0500
  • Matthew Thiele
    donated 2019-03-05 20:19:30 -0500
  • Denise Lekowski
    donated 2019-02-23 16:38:31 -0500
  • Sarah Schwartz
    donated 2019-02-23 13:44:08 -0500
  • Nuriel Adler
    donated 2019-02-15 11:40:46 -0500
  • steven cohen
    donated 2019-02-07 11:51:28 -0500
  • Laila Abbas
    donated 2019-02-01 18:58:22 -0500