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Sanctuary stories

Meet some of the people who have taken sanctuary

Juana

Juana Ortega has lived in sanctuary in an Episcopal church in Greensboro since May 2017.

Ingrid

Ingrid Encalada Latorre returned to sanctuary after exhausting all of her options to keep her family together.

Arturo

Arturo Hernandez Garcia, who spent nine months in sanctuary, received a two-year stay of deportation.

Emma

In March 2017, Emma took sanctuary at the Albuquerque Friends Meeting House in New Mexico.

Elmer

After escaping gang violence in El Salvador, Elmer is struggling to stay in the United States with his family.

Rosa

Rosa Sabido, a church secretary, has lived in the U.S. for over 30 years and cares for her citizen parents.

Araceli

Araceli Velasquez, a mother of three, was only 19 years old when she fled for her life from El Salvador. 

Jeanette

Jeanette Vizguerra spent 86 days in sanctuary until being granted a two-year stay of deportation.