UUCF joined the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network in April 2017. The Network is part of Sanctuary DMV‘s mission to protect immigrants and targeted communities in the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia). Sanctuary DMV is a solidarity group that pledges to resist policy proposals to target and deport millions of undocumented immigrants and discriminate against marginalized communities including those who are black, indigenous, Muslim, latinx and LGBTQ+.
The UUCF Sanctuary Committee, 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:
- Hosting families at-risk of deportation and/or supporting those doing so.
- 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.
To join the UUCF Sanctuary Committee in this work, please contact committee chair Jenna Kelly-Jones.
Please check out the following links for opportunities related to UUCF’s Sanctuary commitment.