New Sanctuary Coalition

Standing in Solidarity with Families and Communities

since 2007

upcoming events

Protests, trainings, and more.

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    NYU law school - Orientation location can vary a bit by week; we'll email you with the specific details.

    Pro Se Clinic New Volunteer Orientation

    New Sanctuary Coalition runs a weekly clinic staffed by non-attorney volunteers and supervised by experienced immigrants rights organizers and immigration lawyers. You do not need prior experience to participate; we will train you. The clinic helps people identify ways to get relief from deportation and detention; access other immigration-related benefits; understand their rights so they can fight their own case; apply for asylum; prepare for court appearances or interviews; and much more. 

    We're seeing tremendous growth in the number of immigrants  the people we call “friends,” not clients — seeking help and we're looking for new volunteers. Join us for training, and we'll continue training you and supporting you as you help our friends at our weekly clinic.

    New volunteers - join us for a pre-clinic orientation. We'll go over the essentials of clinic and pair you with an experienced team or teammate for clinic.

    Our clinic runs from 6-9.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    The New School in NewYork, NY

    Talk Back With Ravi

    Talk Back With Ravi Ragbir, Executive Director of The New Sanctuary Coalition

    Join us for an informal gathering to meet with Ravi and members of the New Sanctuary team to discuss, debate, create, brainstorm, and vision, how we continue to fight the unjust immigration systems as a community.

    This will be an opportunity to share victories as well as frustrations.
    We will hold brave space for each other.

    Whether you are a member of New Sanctuary Coalition, or just interested, please join us this Wednesday, 7pm-9pm 3/27 at The New School-Klein Conference Room (A510 - 5th floor)
    Talk Back With Ravi is co-hosted by The New School Sanctuary Working Group.
    Check out their website here.
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM
    26 Federal Plaza, Lafayette side

    Jericho Walk

    Through the Jericho Walk, faith leaders, immigration activists, and community members march in silence and pray outside 26 Federal Plaza in solidarity with individuals and families whose basic humanity is being denied by our unjust and immoral immigration systemThough we walk in silence, our actions speak to the injustices that our communities face.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Community Meeting

    Every Thursday, the NSC community comes together to tell stories, organize around different issues and actions, create together, and lean on each other. All are welcome.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    5 Washington Place in New York, NY

    Pro Se Clinic Interpreting Training

    The New Sanctuary Coalition runs a weekly pro se asylum clinic staffed by non-attorney volunteers and supervised by experienced immigrants rights organizers and immigration lawyers. Interpreting is central to the work we do at the clinic. It is also a unique and difficult task with high demands on the interpreter, intellectually, linguistically, as well as emotionally. This training, led by Aída Martínez-Gómez, Assistant Professor of Legal Translation and Interpreting at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will provide tools to help you in this invaluable work, both pertaining directly to the process itself and the self-care necessary as you convey traumatic stories.

    The interpreting training will take place on March 28, 6-8 PM at NYU, with exact location to be announced. All clinic interpreters, current and prospective, are highly encouraged to attend. Our most common need is for interpreters who speak Spanish, but we also sometimes work with people who speak Haitian Kréyole, French, Russian, and Arabic, among other languages. Please sign up here to secure your spot. 

    The pro se asylum clinic takes place every Tuesday from 6-9 PM at NYU Law School. 

  • Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    New Life Fellowship in Elmhurst, NY

    Accompaniment Training

    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. NSC accompanies hundreds of people a year.

    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?  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.

  • Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Albany State House in Albany, NY

    SCAR Act Lobby Day in Albany

    The Interfaith Center of New York, The New Sanctuary Coalition, Union Theological Seminary, The Micah Faith Table, NYS Council of Churches and our faith partners statewide are calling on all communities of faith and moral conscience to join us on Tuesday, April 2nd, in Albany NY to support the introduction of the Separation of Children Accountability Response Act.

    As countless separated families continue to await answers and reunification, the Separation of Children Accountability Response Act will be introduced in the State Assembly by Assembly member Harvey Epstein and in the Senate by Senator Brian Benjamin. This bill will require greater transparency from New York state foster care organizations that hold separated and unaccompanied children and receive Federal funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement/HHS for this work.

    The SCAR Act asks that basic information about separated and unaccompanied children in care of these agencies be reported to the state, as well as to the federal government. Given the current administration's secrecy and deceit on its family separation policy and its abuse of federal non-disclosure agreements with contractors in order to hide its inhumane policies, the SCAR Act seeks transparency through state accountability. Finally, the SCAR Act is envisioned as a replicable model for other states around the country that seek to be a check on the cruel and xenophobic immigration policies of the Trump administration.

    For more information on the April 2nd press conference and action, or to arrange to join transportation between New York City and Albany, please RSVP below.

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Accompaniment Training

    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. NSC accompanies hundreds of people a year.

    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?  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.

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 11:00 AM
    26 Federal Plaza, Lafayette side

    Jericho Walk

    Through the Jericho Walk, faith leaders, immigration activists, and community members march in silence and pray outside 26 Federal Plaza in solidarity with individuals and families whose basic humanity is being denied by our unjust and immoral immigration systemThough we walk in silence, our actions speak to the injustices that our communities face.

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Community Meeting

    Every Thursday, the NSC community comes together to tell stories, organize around different issues and actions, create together, and lean on each other. All are welcome.


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