National Sanctuary Collective – Colectivo Santuario

The National Sanctuary Collective – Colectivo Santuario is a network of leaders who have taken sanctuary in places of worship seeking liberation and safety.


Media Coverage


Anna Lekas Miller, “She’s been hiding in a church for three years. Now she feels a glimmer of hope,” CNN, February 3, 2021.

Pamela Mason, “Sanctuary Movement Leaders Sue U.S., Claiming Religious Rights Violated.”, UPI,  February 1, 2021.

Yonat Shimron, “Their Hopes Dashed by a Texas Judge, Immigrants Living in Churches Wait for a Reprieve.” Religion News Service. January 30, 2021.

Andrea Y. Henderson, “Advocates Say Immigration Overhaul Needed For Alex Garcia And Others In Sanctuary.” St. Louis Public Radio. January 28, 2021.

Jazmine Ulloa, “Markey, Warren, and Castro Lead Democrats Urging Biden to Protect Immigrant Families Living in Churches – The Boston Globe.The Boston Globe, January 27, 2021.

Nicotera, Anthony,  “Sanctuary Group Calls on Biden to Free Immigrants.” Durango Herald, January 27, 2021.

Anthony Orozco, “Lawmakers, Undocumented Immigrants Call on Biden for Relief for Families in Refuge.” WITF, January 27, 2021.

Mitchell Atencio, “Safely Open the Doors of Our Sanctuary Churches,’ Members of Congress urge Biden.” Sojourners, January 27, 2021.

Hector Molina, “Biden’s Immigration Reform Giving Undocumented Immigrants Living in Sanctuary Hope.” WWLP, January 26, 2021.

Alex Fees, “Honduras Man Living in Sanctuary in Maplewood Church Hopes Biden Administration Prevents Deportation.”, January 27, 2021.

Rudy Koski, “Noncitizens Living in Churches Ask to Be Included in Immigration PlanFOX 7 Austin, January 27, 2021.

Diana Castillo, “Migrants Seek Action from Biden Administration.KOB 4, January 27, 2021.

Ron Chimelis, “Immigrants Living in Sanctuary Appeal to President Joe Biden for Policy Change.” Masslive, January 26, 2021.

Jazmine Ulloa, “Markey, Warren, and Castro Lead Democrats Urging Biden to Protect Immigrant Families Living in Churches – The Boston Globe.” January 27, 2021.

Benchaabane, Nassim, Doug Moore, and Michele Munz, “Missouri Is My Home’: Honduran Refugee Living in Maplewood Church Urges Biden to Enact Permanent, January 27, 2021.

Scott Merzbach, “People in Sanctuary Press Biden for Change.Daily Hampshire Gazette, January 26, 2021.

Anthony Orozco, “Pa. and Texas Immigration Groups Work to Undo Penalties for Asylum Seekers in Sanctuary.WITF, January 20, 2021.

Danae King, “Undocumented Columbus Immigrant Edith Espinal and Others in Sanctuary Sue ICE over Fines.The Columbus Dispatch, January 21, 2021.

Tony Cantu, “Migrant Woman In Austin Sanctuary Joins Suit Over Hefty ICE Fines.Austin, TX Patch. January 19, 2021.

Cristina Flores, “Woman in Sanctuary in Utah Church Joins Others in Lawsuit against ICE.” KUTV. January 20, 2021.


Jeff Gammage, “Undocumented Jamaican Couple Celebrate Freedom after More than Two Years in Philly Church Sanctuary.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 21, 2020.

Abbie Arevalo Herrera,  “Five Women in Sanctuary Call on Biden to Free Them Through Executive Actions.” Truthout, December 7, 2020.

Sophia Smith Galer, “Covid and Faith: Sanctuary Churches Protecting Migrants.” BBC News, November 15, 2020.

Meg Hilling, “Immigrant Sanctuary Seekers Await Election Results.” Newsy, November 1, 2020.

Katie Hall, “$3 Million in ICE Fines Targeted 9 Sanctuary Seekers, Email Shows.” Statesman, October 22, 2020.

Elle Thomas, “Newly Released ICE Documents Show Surveillance of Immigrant Sanctuary Leaders, Plans to Roll-out Large Civil Fines.” KSTU, October 23, 2020.

Center for Constitutional Rights, “Sanctuary Leaders Release Documents Showing ICE’s Plan to Roll Out Massive Civil Fines Against Undocumented Immigrants” Center for Constitutional Rights, October 22, 2020.

Fox 29 Philadelphia, “A family in the sanctuary of a Philadelphia church faces deportationFOX 29 News Philadelphia, May 4, 2020.

Miriam Jordan, “U.S. Must Release Children From Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules.” The New York Times, June 27, 2020.

Joe Atmonavage,  “ICE Detainees Go on Hunger Strike in N.J amid Coronavirus Fears, Lawyers Say.” Nj. March 19, 2020.

Laura Benshoff, ““One of three sanctuary families in Pa. walks free with approval from feds”” WHYY, March 13, 2020.

Univision. “Suspenden Orden De Deportación a Hispana En Carolina Del Norte.” Univision. February 29, 2020.

Amnesty International, “States in the Americas Cracked down on Asylum and Protests in 2019.” Amnesty International, February 27, 2020.