Immigration reform and sanctuary resources

Join the New England Sanctuary Network

We are looking for churches and individuals who would like to be part of a sanctuary network supporting our immigrant neighbors who may face deportation or family separation.

It is our plan to create a New England Sanctuary Network that offers training, networking opportunities, and support. We hope to have at least one sanctuary in each district.

If your church is interested in becoming a sanctuary church or supporting a sanctuary church in your area or you would like to learn more about the network, please contact Rev. We Chang at by March 15, 2017.

Rapid Response Team

The United Methodist Rapid Response Team network (RRT) is a nationwide group of persons, churches, and and groups plugged in on immigration reform.  

Jeania Ree Moore
Director of Civil and Human Rights
General Board of Church and Society, UMC

Online resources

GBCS immigration issue page

New England Justice for Our Neighbors 

National Justice for Our Neighbors 

Church World Service


This page offers information and resources for churches interested in being sanctuary congregations or working on advocacy around immigration reform. 

The links on the right will take you to websites offering information and resources. 

The links below will take you to documents offering more detailed information. 

General Board of Church and Society

The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church (GBCS) has created an infographic on immigration in the U.S.

Faith and Facts

Sanctuary Movement

As people of faith, we have a moral responsibility to act. Sanctuary Movement is a tool that helps enhance these efforts by offering our neighbors who face deportation orders safe refuge and sanctuary in our congregations.

Sanctuary Movement toolkit

Matthew 25 Movement

The Matthew 25 Movement is for individuals and churches that are interested helping to protect and defend vulnerable immigrant and refugee communities. These documents offer resources and information for advocacy and action.

Matthew 25 Tool Kit

Matthew 25 Pledge

National Immigration Law Center

The National Immigration Law Center offers information on the right of all who are living in the United States, including undocumented immigrants.

Know your rights

Immigrant Defense Project

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) has been monitoring Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests. The IDP offers information on individuals’ rights with regard to ICE in several languages.

IDP know your rights – English

IDP know your rights – Spanish

IDP know your rights – French

IDP know your rights – Mandarin (simplified)

IDP know your rights – Mandarin (traditional)

How to document a home raid – English

How to document a home raid – Spanish

Deportation Defense Folder

Deportation Defense Folder (Contains a checklist of documents you will need to be released on bond if you are detained).