Sanctuary Movement

Strictly focused on immigration and policies this team works with a network of congregations to provided support and advocacy. You can advocate, get trained on being a rapid responder to confront raids, or get trained to accompany neighbors as they present themselves for ICE check-ins or court dates. This team is a wonderful way to witness for more just community. Contact the team at

How You Can Help

Legal Assistance:

Volunteer support is not allowed in detention centers and shelters for the unaccompanied children, but there are ways you can help the children and/or immigrant families.  We urgently need pro bono attorneys who are willing to represent non-detained children in the Houston Immigration Court.  These children may have legal relief in the form of asylum, crime victim visas or special immigrant juvenile visas.  The ability to speak Spanish is helpful but not required.  Pro bono attorneys interested in helping with special immigrant juvenile cases need to be licensed in Texas.  Attorneys should have experience in immigration law or be willing to attend trainings.

We also need non-attorney volunteers who can help with verbal and written translation and provide support work in managing the large dockets of released children who will be appearing before the Immigration Court in Houston.

If you are interested in volunteering as a pro bono attorney or non-attorney volunteer, please contact Eloy Gardea at or 713-874-6637.  If you are interested in general assistance or donations, please visit:


Other Assistance/Resources/Information:

UMC responses:

United Methodist news articles related to the crisis:

South West Texas response:


Further information, Laredo, Texas:

Laredo FUMC has been engaged directly, and suggests donations be made to their interfaith partner, Holding Institute.  Paul Harris, Pastor, responded to us that the best help they could ask for at this time is monetary support to offset added utilities costs at their UM facility, Holding Institute Community Center.  Checks may be made payable to Holding Institute and sent to FUMC Laredo, 1220 McClelland Ave., Laredo, TX 78040.  Further information:  Laredo Humanitarian Relief Team Facebook page.

  • Refugees at Holding Institute video
  • Laredo humanitarian needs video


Further understanding of the issues:

Jesuit Refugee Services video on the cause of the migrations from Central America.

Doctors Without Borders video on the difficulty migrants from Central America face in Mexico, including riding “the beast”.  Related article.