Welcome to the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant!

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Save the Date! Our Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 26th. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering for the event, or if you would like to make a donation to our 2014 Silent Auction!


Our very own ESBC staff Michael Smith Honored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama!

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On February 23rd 2014, His Holiness the Dalai Lama honored Michael Smith as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion” for his work with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. The award, presented to 50 individuals from around the world, recognizes outstanding leadership and commitment to compassionate work. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant congratulates Michael Smith on this notable achievement. A webcast of the event and Michael Smith’s story are available.


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Attention DREAM Act Beneficiaries:

The Department of Homeland Security has announced Deferred Action for certain DREAM Act Beneficiaries in the United States. Deferred Action is not permanent status. It does, however, allow you to receive Employment Authorization for a two year period. We do not know what will happen at the end of this two year period.

East Bay Sanctuary is helping those who want to sign up for Deferred Action – email Shiori  for an appointment!

Never Apply For Deferred Action Without The Help Of An Immigration Attorney or BIA Accredited Organization. Deferred action carries risks should your case be denied. Only an Immigration Attorney or BIA Accredited Representation, such as ours, will be able to explain these risks and evaluate your case in light of these risks.

Start Gathering Records Now: Start requesting your transcripts from every school you have attended. Gather proof that you have lived in the United States for the last 5 years. Proof includes: rent receipts, utility bills, school transcripts, employment pay stubs, and tax returns amongst other records. You must prove that you have lived in the United States for the last 5 years.

In addition, people with criminal convictions may not want to apply for deferred action.People with DUI convictions will have their deferred action requests denied and may end up in Removal Proceedings.