I’ve worked with New Sanctuary Movement since 2007. That year there was a workplace raid of cleaning people at ABM. The majority of people apprehended were mothers with children, and many of them ended up being deported.
At that moment NSM turned to me because of my leadership in the community. I received a call from them offering to help, and asking me what the affected workers might need. They collected food, clothing, and financially contributed. They helped me create a shelter in my house for the workers who were scared to go home for fear ICE might be waiting for them. We had to find housing for the kids whose parents had been deported, it was a whirlwind of activity, and without NSM the work wouldn’t have gotten done.