Welcome to East Bay Sanctuary Covenant!

Founded in 1982, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant is dedicated to offering sanctuary, solidarity, support, community organizing assistance, advocacy, and legal services to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, exploitation, and other expressions of violence.

Our Services

  • Refugee Rights Program
    • Affirmative Asylum
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
    • Permanent Residency
    • Naturalization
  • Community Development and Education (CDE)

Our Impact

EBSC’s asylum program, one of the largest in the country, and with a 97% grant approval rate, continues to successfully provide legal status to individuals fleeing persecution.

Recent News

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant’s Message for DACA Applicants and Recipients

UPDATED: September 12, 2017

In light of the Trump Administration’s announcement on Monday, September 5th to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), EBSC remains committed to DACA applicants, DACA recipients, and their families.

First, we want to clarify any misinformation from Monday’s announcement:

If you have DACA status, it is still valid until expiration. Monday’s announcement does not change that. “Applicants with currently pending and processing applications should attend biometrics appointments and respond to any requests for additional evidence they receive from USCIS.”

Further, information previously submitted to USCIS will not be shared with ICE unless a DACA recipient or applicant is deemed to be a threat to public safety or national security.

This is currently the status of DACA:

  • USCIS will continue to process all pending INITIAL and RENEWAL applications accepted by September 5, 2017.
  • USCIS will reject all other INITIAL applications after September 5, 2017.
  • USCIS will continue to accept and process RENEWAL applications until October 5, 2017 from applicants whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.
  • USCIS will reject all RENEWAL applications received after October 5, 2017.

From now until October 3rd, EBSC will hold a series of workshops to provide information for all DACA applicants or recipients and to file qualifying renewal DACA applications. Below is a list of currently scheduled workshops (we will release more dates as they become available):

  • 09/13/2017 6-8 pm
  • 09/16/2017 3-5 pm
  • 09/19/2017 6-8 pm
  • 09/21/2017 6-8 pm (Note: This workshop will be held at Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley, not at our office)
  • 09/24/2017 2-4 pm
  • 09/27/2017 6-8 pm
  • 10/01/2017 3-5 pm

To register for a workshop, please fill out the following form:


Please note that the $495 USCIS application fee is being covered through a generous scholarship  from Mission Asset Fund.

We urge all of our DACA applicants to provide us with any changes to their email address. If you have any questions, please email daca@eastbaysanctuary.org or call us at: 510-540-5296.

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant’s Statement
On President Trump’s Executive Order To Ban Immigrants and Refugees From Entering the  United States

February 1, 2017
The Sanctuary Movement was born out of the terrible civil wars and genocide in Central America in the 1980s. East Bay Sanctuary was a dedicated part of that faith-based movement. For 35 years we have provided support and solidarity to people from all over the world fleeing persecution. The current wave of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and homophobia in the United States only strengthens our resolve to continue our work on behalf of refugees and immigrants.
We condemn the Executive Orders on immigration issued by President Trump, whose supposed purpose is to make our country safer, but in reality make us less safe and more fearful. These Executive Orders are first steps toward a closed and exclusive society. Our goal will always be to achieve an open and inclusive society in the United States and the world.


EBSC’s Statement on the 2016 Election Result