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New Sanctuary Coalition

New York, United States
Joined September 2017

We stand in solidarity with immigrant communities fighting deportation, and seek to expand sanctuary spaces beyond their traditional confines in houses of worship.

Presence in: United States
Focus: Citizenship

NSC runs four major programs: a pro se legal clinic, an accompaniment program, “Sanctuary Hood”—a community-based sanctuary space and organizing initiative, and a community assembly where people do skills-building and “beyond your rights” trainings, as well as solidarity work.

People Associated With This Organization

Jordan Dunn

United States  
New Sanctuary Coalition (Unverified)
Joined April 2019
Interests: Citizenship
I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology who is currently volunteering in federal immigration court doing courtroom accompaniment. I am trying to gain skills and knowledge that will help me collaborate and empower those I accompany, their family and friends. I am interested in the psychological aspects of training and learning how to work horizontally and decenter dominant narratives in supporting and facilitating grassroots coalitions.

Marty McConnell

United States  
New Sanctuary Coalition (Unverified)
Joined March 2019
Interests: Citizenship
I am working with New Sanctuary Coalition to establish funding systems and increase organizational sustainability.

Nathan Yaffe

United States  
New Sanctuary Coalition
Joined September 2017
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources
I'm here to learn. I am a recent NYU Law Grad. I've been fortunate to engage in supporting human rights advocacy work from a variety of vantage points: contributing to ATS litigation in US courts; interning for an organization doing on-the-ground human rights work in Haiti; supporting student clinics that do human rights work; taking classes; and advocacy, lobbying, and NGO work pre-law school.

However, recently I've come to work in a different context that has more of a community organizing/legal empowerment orientation. That's with the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC. In the past year of working with them as a volunteer organizing, I've felt more clarity about the need for legal empowerment work and more excitement about contributing to it than ever before.

I want to learn from others who have been thinking systematically about what it looks like to do this work.
Nathan Yaffe is the network champion (main point of contact) for New Sanctuary Coalition.

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