Fostering Safe Spaces

Given the threat to immigrant communities posed by the new federal administration, many institutions, cities, and counties are reaffirming or considering new policies that welcome immigrants and push back against deportations and other anti-immigrant policies.

Traditionally, sanctuaries are defined as spaces that provide housing for undocumented individuals under threat of deportation. More often than not these spaces are religious institutions. This is due to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) having specific guidelines in relation to these institutions in their guidance memo, dated October 24, 2011. Potential to expand these safe spaces remains for institutions beyond those identifying as religious. 

ICE Memo: "Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations"

In collaboration with Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN), ICIRR and member organizations are developing already-existing networks to further be able to serve immigrant and refugee communities if sanctuary should be a need of the community. 


Sanctuary in a Trump Era - Webinar

Webinar: Sanctuary in a Trump Era from Auburn Seminary on Vimeo.


Immigrant-Serving Organizations

List of ICIRR partner organizations providing info sessions on Know Your Rights. Organizations with a STAR icon are BIA Accredited or have an attorney on staff!

Lista de organizationes miembros de ICIRR que ofrecen sesiones informativas de Conozca sus Derechos. Organizaciones con el icono de ESTRELLA son acreditadas por immigracion o tienen abogados!