Are you thinking about taking sanctuary?
Contact us using the encrypted & secure web form on this page, and a volunteer will respond to you quickly and discretely. We want to know about your situation, and will do our best to match you with a Sanctuary Facility.
You should know
In today’s political climate, fear of deportation is a legitimate issue for any immigrant. Seeking sanctuary from deportation is a decision that only you and your family can make.
In the U.S. more and more churches are offering sanctuary for undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation. Church World Service, an international humanitarian non-profit organization, estimates that about 800 churches have declared themselves to be sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Nonetheless, only a very small number of immigrants are taking refuge in churches, typically as a last resort. In many cases, mothers seek sanctuary in order to remain with their American-born children
For immigrants who choose to use a church as sanctuary from immigration officials, it is more than a decision to protect themselves; seeking sanctuary in a church is a public statement of defiance against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the current immigration policies as a whole. This can lead to publicity that places the immigrant squarely in the crosshairs of ICE, and make him or her particularly susceptible to deportation at the slightest misstep. However, publicity also has helped those who have taken sanctuary in churches; in many cases, deportation has been delayed significantly or abandoned altogether, while families are kept together and justice is sought.
We are here to help.
Should you decide to take Sanctuary, we help with your transition, we advocate for you in your new living arrangement, and we partner with you to harness your own power for social change.
A network of volunteers stands ready in solidarity to assist you in securing safety and seeking justice.
If you have urgent needs as a refugee, migrant or immigrant, please reach out to us or to one of our many partner organizations.
We also recommend the mobile app Ref Aid which provides contact information, location, and direct access to hundreds of resources for refugees and immigrants in the Salt Lake City Area.
We continue to build our network of immigration attorneys who can provide some counsel on an emergency basis, and we can help refer you to trustworthy and reputable immigration attorneys.