Peter has been working in social justice movements since 2001. A first-generation US citizen, Peter is the son of English and Italian immigrants and has lived in Philadelphia for 15 years with his spouse and two kids. Peter was a founding member of NSM while living and working with the House of Grace Catholic Worker, a faith-based intentional community that operates a free medical clinic, works for social justice, and has a house of hospitality. Before coming to Philadelphia, he worked for an environmental organization doing public education and outreach, volunteered with an indigenous solidarity group in Central New York, and was active in the anti-war movement. Peter graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature.
Blanca is a single mom originally from Ecuador and has lived in Philadelphia for over 20 years. She is a passionate community organizer and has been working with the immigrant community since 2006, first as the Program Coordinator at Open Borders Project where she taught computer classes and coordinated the education program. Blanca was a founding member of NSM. As a member, she helped create Know Your Rights training, and the storytelling project and attended New Leadership School. She joined NSM’s Board and in 2012 came on as a community organizer. She was part of the successful campaign to stop collaboration between Philadelphia Police and ICE. Blanca organized three out of our four successful Sanctuary campaigns where families choose to challenge their deportation orders and has helped grow the organization over the last 12 years. Blanca is currently leading programs and campaigns at NSM as Co-Director.
Coumba Joined our team in 2020 and works in our Driver's License Campaign for all regardless of Inmigration Status.
Coumba is an immigrant from Senegal, West Africa. She moved to the United states in 2018 with her husband and daughter. Coumba was engaged in helping vulnerable layers and promoting behavioral change to make her community a better place to live.
She worked back in Senegal helping HIV positive people to have a better access to health insurance and also educate the general population about discrimination and stigma toward them.
Senegal is a diverse country with more than 20 ethnics groups with different languages and cultures. Coumba’s experience working with those diverse populations to advocate for women and girls helped build her commitment for working with communities everywhere.
Coumba has a background in Communication and Journalism and has been very engaged in advocating for her community.
Priscilla Flores was born and raised in California’s Central Valley and comes from a family of Mexican immigrant farmworkers. Her grandfather was a bracero from Michoacán, Mexico, and her grandmother was a proud UFW union member. Priscilla has a B.A. in History and English from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in US History from the University of Chicago. Her initial introduction to fundraising work was when she was an undergrad and joined a student group working to assist undocumented high school students with scholarship applications so that they could have the financial resources to attend college. That experience allowed her to recognize how personally rewarding it was to raise funds for worthy causes. Prior to joining NSM, Priscilla helped raise funds for a youth development organization in Harlem, NYC, and Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, a sustainable living intentional community in Northeast Missouri. Priscilla currently lives in an off-grid, six-acre BIPOC-centered homestead called “Pueblo Palmares” in rural Missouri with her daughter. She enjoys working together with her daughter to steward their land and introduce BIPOC folks to sustainable and off-grid living. She considers it a sincere honor to be able to live a life that allows her to work for social justice issues and practice sustainable living.
Ana joined NSM on the summer of 2022. She connects with the immigrant community on a daily basis to support them to navigate and access resources for their diverse needs.
Ana studied Nursing Assistant and Secondary Education Teacher in Social Sciences in Guatemala. In her organizational work, Ana has had several roles in her charge, such as Acting Secretary of the Union of Education Workers of Telesecundaria de Guatemala, Community Mayor in the municipality of Momostenango, President of the Community Development Council, Municipal President of Women, Manager of Social, Sports, Entrepreneurship, Educational Infrastructure, Health and Community Development Projects. In the course of her different organizational roles, Ana successfully pushed for victories for the well-being of her community with projects such as the construction of roads, bridges, school classrooms, job stability for teachers, and reforestation. Within the work for the benefit of women, together with the group "Woman Let's Go Forward", she helped open the Maternal House. Also as Municipal President of the women's office, she managed to open a space for workshops such as Informational, entrepreneurship courses, and bakery. Ana has extensive experience and a special love for organizing work, which is why, after emigrating to the United States, she has remained active in supporting the community, recently as a Promoter with the Puentes de Salud clinic in Philadelphia, working on the identification of locations for vaccination clinics and distribution of groceries and diapers in the town of Upper Darby Pennsylvania.
Ana is an immigrant woman born in San José el Idolo, Suchitepequez, Guatemala, the daughter of merchant parents and is the thirteenth daughter of fifteen siblings.
Lauren (she/her) is a white cisgender US citizen and has been a member of New Sanctuary Movement since 2014. Lauren moved to Philadelphia in 2011 and now resides in Cheltenham with her partner and their two children. Lauren's awareness of white supremacy culture and her own complicity in systems of oppression began to grow in 2012, following the murder of Trayvon Martin. She now co-facilitates cohorts of white allies connected to NSM in embodied antiracism action, learning, and reflection.
Mi nombre es Maria Chavez, soy una de las organizadoras de la campaña de Licencias de conducir, creo firmente que la union hacé la fuerza y siempre estamos haciendo llamadas a la comunidad para seguir uniendonos y crear lasos tan fuerte que nadie podra romper facilmente, la comunidad immigrante somos muy fuertes y estamos en la lucha constante para lograr nuestras metas. Soy peruana, madre de tres hijos ,mi esposo es Mexicano y me encanta conocer personas de diferentes paises y conocer atravez de ellxs su cultura y tradiciones.
Jody-ann is a single mother of a beautiful daughter and is originally from Jamaica and now lives in Philadelphia. She is a self-taught creative graphic designer passionate about creating any person, place, and thing into art. Her participation with NSM began when she was referred to NSM in the 2020 pandemic for help. Shortly after that, She was asked to join the Immigration Reform group to help with strategies to push for immigration reform for all. She was offered the opportunity to join NSM as the Communication Coordinator because her digital and creative skills are essential to this role. She has contributed to the work for immigrant rights in the U.S. She will sometimes be in the street taking photos and shooting videos or behind the scenes, helping NSM communicate all they do for the immigrant community. She connects with the Caribbean community and neighbors and shares relevant information related to immigration issues that are vital to her community. She believes that God has a plan to guide us to success for all immigrants and everyone who needs our help. Her message: Things are difficult now, but there is a light at the end of every fight. So do not give up! Repeat four times: I will make it. NSM Welcomes everyone!
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia builds community across faith, ethnicity, and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status and express radical welcome for all.