Safety. Sanctuary. Solidarity.

Our Mission

Salt Lake City’s immigrant community is under attack. Every day more families are torn apart by a broken system. More loved ones are sent beyond the U.S. border, without regard for justice, compassion, or the long-term well-being of our community.

We all deserve better. Our community members deserve to live with dignity, in the open and unafraid.

By living inside a house of worship, some individuals and families can find temporary reprieve from deportation. They become the heart of a movement that calls us to erase the borders between us, open our doors, and live our values.

The SLC Sanctuary Network seeks to connect immigrant and faith communities in mutually transformative relationships. Undocumented people bring their leadership, strength, and expertise. People of faith bring their resources, privileges, and the moral authority of acting with love and justice. Together in the act of Sanctuary, we grow lasting solidarity and nurture the movement of immigrant justice at home and around the world.

What is Sanctuary?

In its simplest form, Sanctuary is the practice of allowing someone to take refuge in a house of worship in order to avoid persecution or injustice. Sanctuary has been practiced in various forms for centuries, including the early days of Israel, ancient Greece and Rome, and Medieval Europe.

In recent decades, Sanctuary has become a powerful tool in the fight for immigrant rights. Congregations open their doors to people who are slated for deportation. While living inside this sacred space, undocumented people amplify their message and gain more time to seek justice with the community’s support.

  • For Volunteers: Anyone can volunteer. Find out what roles are needed and sign up today.
  • For Places of Worship: Houses of worship are spaces that immigration officials will not enter to arrest immigrants. Discover how to prepare your faith home and your congregation here.
  • For Community Groups: Injustice to migrants affects our communities and devalues human life. Find out how to join in solidarity with the migrant communities of Salt Lake City here.

If you are at risk of deportation, contact us for a confidential conversation about your situation.

For Volunteers

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Contact the SLC Sanctuary Network

info@slcsanctuary.org
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