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New Sanctuary Coalition ACCOMPANIMENT TRAINING Good Shepherd

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Good Shepherd - San Damiano Retreat Center

608 Isham Street

New York, NY 10034

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Accompaniment Program

The NSC accompaniment program recruits and trains volunteers to accompany people facing deportation to their immigration hearings and required ICE check-ins. This provides moral support for the person facing deportation and enables volunteers to hold immigration authorities accountable. Standing in solidarity with immigrants facing deportation also demonstrates to immigration judges, ICE officers, and government attorneys that there is a community mobilized against deportation. NSC accompanies hundreds of people a year, the majority of whom have no legal representation. Many of the people we serve though the accompaniment program first come to NSC through the weekly asylum clinics or the organizing meetings with people in the affected community.


The accompaniment program also serves as an advocacy and consciousness-raising opportunity for volunteers. Walking with people facing deportation and witnessing the ICE check-ins and immigration hearings makes a huge impact on people. The program amplifies this awareness by inviting faith leaders and elected officials to the accompaniment program, who are then able to convey to their communities and colleagues the realities people face when interacting with immigration authorities.

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