UUCF joined the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network in April 2017, a network of faith communities in the DMV committed to resisting policies and practices unfairly target marginalized communities and that racially profile, criminalize, detain and deport immigrants in our community.
UUCF for Immigration Justice, which reports to the Social Justice Council, was formed to research and make recommendations about UUCF’s level of involvement as a Sanctuary congregation.
Possible levels of involvement for the congregation include but are not limited to:
- Accompanying people to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-ins and legal hearings.
- Holding Know Your Rights, Defend Your Rights and Rapid Response trainings.
- Joining the Sanctuary DMV Rapid Response network to show up during ICE raids.
- Advocating for local, city, and state government officials to get ICE out of schools, jails and courts, and end all policies that racially profile and over-incarcerate people of color.
- Hosting families at-risk of deportation and/or supporting those doing so.