Symposium | Transnational Sanctuary: Ecologies of Migrant Care and the Politics of Solidarity Thursday, April 12 | Friday, April 13, 2018


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), among others.

Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and English will be provided.

Schedule of events:

Thursday, April 12

10:00 am-4:30 pm: Presentations and dialogues
*Live video broadcast will be available.*

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
New York University
20 Cooper Square, 5th Fl
New York, NY 10003

5:00-5:45 pmWeekly ICE Detention Center Vigil

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

FridayApril 13

10:00 am-4:00 pm: Workshop and longtable discussion (by invitation only)

The New School
66 W 12th Street
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.