The Xavier Immigration Initiative supports our undocumented sisters and brothers through accompaniment, advocacy and education. We offer multiple opportunities for getting involved, and all are welcome to join our efforts on behalf of immigrants and refugees.
Partnering with the New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC), we host weekly gatherings for undocumented friends on Thursday evenings in Hurtado Hall. Friends gather for support, fellowship and education in a variety of practical skills (e.g. yoga or finance). If you have a life skill to share with this community, or are interested in helping with snacks, set-up or clean up, please contact us at the email below.
Members who complete accompaniment training through the NSC also offer their presence and support to friends facing immigration court hearings, ICE check-ins, or other official appointments. We stand in solidarity with our undocumented friends and their friends and family members, as they face the harsh reality of our broken immigration system.
We also partner with First Friends of NJ/NY in their support of undocumented friends being held in detention in Elizabeth, NJ. Through regular visits to the detention center, we offer a compassionate presence and an affirmation of human dignity to individuals caught up in a dehumanizing system.
If you are interested in getting involved, or learning more about supporting immigrant rights, please contact Linda Chavez and Sebastian Gamez, the leaders of the Xavier Immigration Initiative, at firstname.lastname@example.org.