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.

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Jessica Watkins
maura gouck
Molly Crabapple
Kalee Gresham
Alexa van Abbema
Richard Morrison
Brianna Provenzano
Rhoda Schlamm
Meryl Ranzer
Elizabeth Vladeck
Gregory Copeland
Linda Berlin
Joan Osborne
Marcia Belsky
Amy Herzog
Gloria Bransky
Kathryn Phillips
Mary Dugan
kat vizcaino
myung lee
Mara Leverett
Sarah Dealy
Nancy Marshall
Jill Weinberger
Rosamond d'Orlac
Kelly Cornacchia
Marisa Kabas
Kevin Kyyro
  • Jessica Watkins
    donated 2018-11-08 22:10:55 -0500
  • maura gouck
    donated via 2018-11-01 23:27:46 -0400
  • Molly Crabapple
    donated 2018-10-08 01:04:04 -0400
  • Kalee Gresham
    donated 2018-10-02 23:03:06 -0400
  • Alexa van Abbema
    donated 2018-09-13 19:24:37 -0400
  • Richard Morrison
    donated 2018-08-27 17:08:52 -0400
  • Brianna Provenzano
    donated 2018-08-24 16:18:49 -0400
  • Rhoda Schlamm
    donated 2018-08-23 23:12:16 -0400
  • Meryl Ranzer
    donated 2018-08-21 21:08:14 -0400
  • Elizabeth Vladeck
    donated 2018-08-20 14:57:01 -0400
  • Gregory Copeland
    donated 2018-08-19 14:32:01 -0400
  • Linda Berlin
    donated 2018-08-18 12:58:44 -0400
  • Joan Osborne
    donated 2018-08-17 07:45:24 -0400
  • Marcia Belsky
    donated 2018-08-16 23:11:46 -0400
  • Amy Herzog
    donated 2018-08-16 13:43:06 -0400
  • Gloria Bransky
    donated 2018-08-15 15:16:59 -0400
  • Kathryn Phillips
    donated 2018-08-13 15:17:14 -0400
  • Mary Dugan
    donated 2018-08-12 17:36:40 -0400
  • kat vizcaino
    donated 2018-08-09 21:07:16 -0400
  • myung lee
    donated 2018-08-09 12:10:42 -0400
  • Mara Leverett
    donated via 2018-08-04 12:22:32 -0400
  • Sarah Dealy
    donated via 2018-08-03 19:43:16 -0400
  • Nancy Marshall
    donated via 2018-08-03 18:43:11 -0400
  • Jill Weinberger
    donated via 2018-08-03 16:54:28 -0400
  • R0samond🌊🌊🌊
    @R0samond tweeted link to this page. 2018-08-03 14:38:36 -0400
    Just made a donation to New Sanctuary Coalition to bail out immigrants trapped in the Trump horror.
  • Rosamond d'Orlac
    donated via 2018-08-03 14:37:53 -0400
  • Kelly Cornacchia
    donated via 2018-08-03 14:11:24 -0400
  • marisa kabas
    @MarisaKabas tweeted link to this page. 2018-08-03 13:51:25 -0400
  • Marisa Kabas
    donated 2018-08-03 13:51:01 -0400
  • Kevin Kyyro
    donated 2018-08-02 02:31:18 -0400