The Sanctuary movement is a religious and political campaign in the United States that began in the early 1980s to provide safe-haven for Central American refugees fleeing civil conflict. The movement was a response to federal immigration policies that made obtaining asylum difficult for Central Americans. The movement continues today an is primarily designed as a way for local religious institutions to provide safe-haven for undocumented individuals and families who are at risk of deportation.
Locally, we assist congregations by providing guidance and assistance in organizing the support systems required to support this meaningful justice movement. Providing Sanctuary is a big undertaking for any religious institution, and it often requires the assistance of the extended community. The HRC works with local religious institutions in evaluating whether or not to declare themselves a Sanctuary Church. We offer written resources, human capital, and, when possible, financial assistance.
Through our extended network of individuals and organizations, we assist congregations with collaborating with like-minded individuals and groups in order to make Sanctuary possible. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us using the contact page on this site. If you are looking to be a supporter of Sanctuary Church, we can guide you through the process. Locally, we have one congregation which has declared itself to be a Sanctuary Church and is ready and able to provide housing and support to qualified undocumented individuals and families. The Sanctuary Church program coordinates exclusively with Madres Sin Fronteras in order to identify qualified individuals and families.
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