Sanctuary Congregations Pledge to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing, the nation’s largest network of faith-based community organizations,) leaders in communities across the country have stepped up to respond to the administration’s criminalization and targeting of immigrant families, sending the message that in this moment “No one stands alone.”  Our LA RED Campaign and clergy organizers have worked with local PICO federations to recruit 506 congregations that have declared themselves sanctuaries for those under threat who seek refuge and public solidarity.

We have launched and trained rapid response teams in 29 federations and 17 states to document and bear witness to ICE raids, stop and frisk, racial profiling, religious hate crimes, and other acts of harassment….We have also developed an online platform and phone hotline to equip rapid responders and track incidents as they occur; nine federations are currently beta testing this technology.