Our History

NSM emerged in 2007 when a group of clergy and organizers from the immigrant and ally communities began yearning for a bold, faith-rooted vision for immigrant justice. WIth rising anti-immigrant fervor, an extremist bill passing the House of Representatives and an increase in workplace raids, the group began to organize. Months of conversations in immigrant and faith communities identified a need for interfaith organizing for immigrant rights and leadership.

Our Mission

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia builds community across faith, ethnicity, and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.

Our Vision

We work together to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice and transform our communities into a place where immigrants, families, friends, and neighbors are safe, respected, and welcomed; where economic, spiritual, and emotional wholeness are realized; and where borders and divisions disappear as we build a community welcoming to everyone. Read our 2017 Statement on Sanctuary.

Our member congregations form the backbone of our interfaith immigrant justice movement. Comprised of even numbers of immigrant and allied citizen faith communities, our member congregations participate in training, workshops, campaigns, and events, and accompany families facing deportation.

Our Staff

This broad-based grassroots movement is organized by a professional team that facilitates relationships across faith, ethnicity, and class. Click our photos to learn more about us.​

Blanca Pacheco​

Spanish & English Speaker

Peter Pedemonti

English & Spanish Speaker

Marguerite Kise​

Political Education Coordinator​
English & Spanish Speaker

Bertha ​Murcia

Community Organizer
Spanish Speaker

Coumba Faye​

Community Organizer​
French & English Speaker

Jody-Ann Norman

Communication Coordinator
English Speaker
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Priscila​ Flores

Development Coordinator ​
Spanish & English Speaker

Ana Pelico

Accompaniment ORGANIZER
Spanish Speaker

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Our Base Builders


Maria Chavez

Congregation Organizer
Spanish & English Speaker

Iris Rivera

Fund Organizer
Spanish & English Speaker
Lauren Moyer

Lauren Moyer

English & Spanish Speaker

Gloria Katbeh

Congregation Organizer
Spanish Speaker

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