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.

Click Here for an Important Message for DACA Applicants and DACA Recipients in the Aftermath of the 2016 Elections

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






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)
  • Transformation Learning

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

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Attention DACA Applicants:
  • California Residents do not need to pay for DACA service fees through EBSC.
  • Qualifying Oakland residents further do not need to pay for USCIS DACA application fees.


Free DACA Assistance Flyer

Here is more information on what DACA can do for you.