Celebrating Sanctuary: Stories of Courage, Resilience and Hope

The Sanctuary Movement in the U.S. began in the early 1980s to provide safe haven for Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees fleeing civil conflict. Founded in 1982, EBSC has been a leader in this movement to combat widespread hostility and misunderstanding about immigrants.

Today, EBSC continues to protect, advocate, and support people escaping violence and persecution; educate the public about why asylum seekers and immigrants flee to the USA; and lift up the voices of immigrants and asylum seekers as they integrate into U.S. society.

EBSC comes into contact with around 20,000 refugees and undocumented immigrants every year. Their stories are compelling, demonstrating the trauma and hardship faced by those we serve as well as their resilience as they rebuild their lives.

We believe that informed public discourse on immigration that centers the people whose lives are most affected is essential for empathy, connected communities, and civic participation.

We are starting a community-based oral history project to capture a diverse range of stories. Our goal is to increase dialogue and understanding between refugees and asylum seekers living in the Bay Area and our broader Bay Area community.

We invite you to read these stories and share your reflections in the  box below.

Thank you for being part of the Sanctuary Movement!

Flor’s Story

Gerardo’s Story

Lilibeth’s Story

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