The Practice of Sanctuary and the Right to Migrate

  • Family
  • Deportation/Removal
  • Political asylum
  • Naturalization
  • Advocacy

In response to the Trump administration’s campaign against immigrant communities, dozens of people around the country have publicly taken refuge in churches to avoid deportation into harm’s way and keep their families intact. Many people who have taken sanctuary first applied for asylum, but lost their cases due to a flawed asylum process which has been warped for political gain. The right to seek asylum is recognized under international and domestic law, but in practice has become increasingly restricted by the U.S. government. Sanctuary is a form of resistance that inherently acknowledges a basic human right to migrate.


  • How lawyers and community groups can  best work together
  • How to elevate immigrant client cases into public removal defense campaigns
  • How the practice of sanctuary fits within the framework of a human right to migrate
  • How the current sanctuary movement could enable broader reforms


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IAN Partners

  • pro bono net
  • american immigration lawyers association
  • national immigration law center
  • unidos us
  • immigration legal resource center
  • immigration legal resource center
  • american immigration council
  • american civil liberties union
  • american immigration council
  • national immigration project
  • the advocates for human rights
  • lutheran immigration and refugee service
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