Sanctuary Movement

1 History

In the 1980's more than 500 congregations in the United States provided shelter, support, and legal advice to Central American refugees facing deportation. The sanctuary congregations included Lutherans, United Church of Christ, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Jews, Unitarians, Quakers, and Mennonites.  [ More ]

2 Hawai‘i Sanctuary

2.1 Faith Action for Community Equity

Working with the Faith Action for Community Equity, the Rev. Stan Bain has identified twelve congregations in Hawai‘i interested in protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) became involved in immigration issues in 2008, when the group engaged to support immigrant workers on Maui whose homes and work places were the target of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. [ FACE Immigration Reform ]

2.2 The Hawai‘i Coalition for Immigrant Reform sponsors Know Your Rights workshops for immigrants. 

3 National Sanctuary

3.1 The National Sanctuary Movement

The National Sanctuary Movement decries President Trump's immigration executive orders and stands ready to resist.

3.2 The Role of Church Congregations in the Sanctuary Movement

A recent New York Times news report on churches and their role in the Sanctuary Movement in response to the Trump Administration.

3.3 How to Help: Sanctuary 101

Groundswell Movement - How churches and synagogues are stopping deportations.

3.4 Pledge to Resist Deportation and Discrimination Through Sanctuary

"As people of faith and people of conscience, we pledge to resist the newly elected administration’s policy proposals to target and deport millions of undocumented immigrants and discriminate against marginalized communities. We will open up our congregations and communities as sanctuary spaces for those targeted by hate, and work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people."

Sanctuary Not Deportation includes a webinar on how to become a Sanctuary congregation.

3.5 Unitarian Universalist Association National Platform

The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of faith and immigrant communities doing what Congress and the Administration refuse to do: protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation. Members pledge to protect immigrant families who face workplace discrimination or unjust deportation. [ Unitarian Sanctuary Platform ]

4 Immigrant Aids

4.1 Immigration Help On-Line (Immi), provides materials to help immigrants understand their options, connects immigrants with nonprofit legal help, and offers a comprehensive resource for understanding U.S. immigration law.

4.2 Email Privacy

Government surveillance of email violates fundamental rights and makes free speech risky. You can practice Email Self Defense. Learn how to use Gnu Privacy Guard.

Video Documentation of Hawai‘i J20+ Forum on Immigration