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Transnational Sanctuary: Ecologies of Migrant Care and the Politics of Solidarity

Thursday and Friday, April 12 - 13, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Transnational Sanctuary a two-day event that gathered activists, scholars, faith leaders, and grassroots organizations to examine sanctuary as a transnational practice, an ideal, a theory, an historical proposition, a call to civil disobedience, and a vision of social justice for the present.

What does sanctuary mean and how is it practiced in the United States and beyond? How are practices of migrant care, advocacy, and solidarity framed in relation to the concept of sanctuary? Aside from sanctuary, what other vocabularies, strategies and practices are being used? How can both the idea and the practice of sanctuary complement the work of activists responding to the violence of expulsion, the dangers faced in transit, and the brutality of detention and deportation? How do shelters, churches, activists, and organizations cooperate across borders? Is a transnational politics of sanctuary possible? What can other movements learn from sanctuary movements, both historical and contemporary? As activists on the ground grapple with these questions, Transnational Sanctuary is an invitation to students, activists, scholars, and the broader public to reflect, imagine, and strategize.

Organized by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU and the Zolberg Institute Working Group on Expanding Sanctuary at The New School.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Participants included:

Rev. John Fife (Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson), Amparo Marroquín (Universidad Centroamericana, El Salvador), Dr. Rev. Renee McKenzie (The Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia), Juan Carlos Ruiz (New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC), Jill Anderson (Otros Dreams en Acción), Marco Castillo (Asamblea Popular de Familias Migrantes), Azza Falfoul (Watch The Med Alarmphone, Tunisia), Father Ismael Moreno, SJ (Radio Progreso, Honduras), Byron Cruz (Sanctuary Health, Vancouver), Reverend Billy and Savitri D (The Church of Stop Shopping), Alyshia Galvez (Lehman College), Maggie Loredo (Otros Dreams en Acción), Diana Taylor (New York University), Marta Pérez (Yo Sí Sanidad Universal; and Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Ángelo Cabrera (MASA), Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Hemispheric Institute), Alexandra Délano Alonso (The New School), Abou Farman (The New School), Anne McNevin (The New School), Miriam Ticktin (The New School), Pablo Domínguez (Princeton University), Loren Landau (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Sheila Quintana (Independent activist, Philadelphia), among others.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.

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