St. Louis Coalition for Sanctuary
What is Sanctuary?
Sanctuary is a way to be in solidarity with the undocumented community by creating safe space for the prophetic voice of immigrant leaders to be lifted up as we confront unjust laws together. Through the sanctuary movement, faith communities can powerfully enact and embody their commitment to justice. Those engaged in sanctuary participate in a spectrum of solidarity actions including welcoming undocumented people, advocating to help stop deportations, assisting with legal clinics, and physically sheltering immigrants in danger of immediate deportation. We believe that sanctuary is not only an important ministry, it is also a mindset that guides many ministries.
Rene “Alex” Garcia Maldonado entered sanctuary in September 2017, fighting deportation so he can stay with his family in Missouri.
Immigrants are being detained at routine check-ins with immigration agencies. Families are ripped apart without accountability or oversight. Our community has had enough.
Faith leaders, advocates and undocumented individuals in sanctuary unveiled a first-of-its-kind report on the faith-based sanctuary movement.