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





Thrusday, April 12 and
Friday, April 13, 2018

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU and the Working Group on Expanding Sanctuary, The New School

Transnational Sanctuary is a two-day event that convenes 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.

Participants include:

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. 

Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and English will be provided.

Schedule of events:

Thursday, April 12

09:30 am-4:30 pm: Presentations and dialogues
*Live video broadcast will be available here.*

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

9:30-10:00 am  Breakfast

10:00-10:15 am  Welcome and Introductions

Diana Taylor (Hemispheric Institute) and Abou Farman (The New School)

10:15-11:30 am  Sanctuary and the Politics of Solidarity
 What practices are associated with Sanctuary and solidarity with migrants across different communities and regions?

Marco Castillo (Asamblea Popular de Familias Migrantes), Azza Falfoul (Watch The Med Alarmphone, Tunisia), Ismael Moreno, SJ  (Radio Progreso, Honduras), Moderator: Anne McNevin  (The New School)

11:45 -1:00 pm   Sanctuary, Religious Actors, and Communities of Faith
What is the specific role of religious communities in Sanctuary? How to they they engage with broader social and political movements?

Juan Carlos Ruiz  (New Sanctuary Coalition), Dr. Rev. Renee McKenzie (The Church of the Advocate), John Fife (Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson), Moderator: Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Hemispheric Institute)

1:00 - 2:00 pm  Lunch

2:15 - 3:30 pm   Sanctuary and Practices of Care
What role do sanctuary and migrant care practices play in different moments of the migration process--arrival, transit, reception, detention, deportation—in different regions?

Marta Pérez  (Yo Sí Sanidad Universal, Madrid), Byron Cruz  (Sanctuary Health, Vancouver), and Maggie Loredo (Otros Dreams en Acción, Mexico City), Moderator: Miriam Ticktin  (The New School)

3:30-4:00 pm  Presentation of Ecologies of Migrant Care Initiative, Hemispheric Institute

Diana Taylor, Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Pablo Domínguez, Alexei Taylor

4:15 - 4:30 pm  Reverend Billy and Savitri D (The Church of Stop Shopping)

5:00-5:45 pm: Weekly ICE Detention Center Vigil with the New Sanctuary Coalition

Varick Street Processing Center
201 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014

6:30-8:30 pm: Keynote panel

The New School
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100
New York, NY 10003

Jill Anderson (Otros Dreams en Acción, Mexico City)
John Fife (Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson)
Amparo Marroquín (Universidad Centroamericana,San Salvador)
Juan Carlos Ruiz (New Sanctuary Coalition, NYC)
Moderators: Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Hemispheric Institute) & Alexandra Délano Alonso (The New School)

Friday, April 13

10:00 am-4:00 pm: Workshops and longtable discussion 

The New School
Klein Conference Room (510)
New York, NY 10011

Organized by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU and the Zolberg Institute Working Group on Expanding Sanctuary at The New School, with support from The Henry Luce Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.