Our Mission

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia builds community across faith, ethnicity, and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.

Our Vision

We work together to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice and transform our communities into a place where immigrants, families, friends, and neighbors are safe, respected, and welcomed; where economic, spiritual, and emotional wholeness are realized; and where borders and divisions disappear as we build a community welcoming to everyone.

Our Work

Through grassroots organizing led by affected immigrants, we fight and win immigrant justice campaigns with our members across nationality, faith, class, and immigration status. Our community organizing in Philadelphia builds power in immigrant communities to alter the power imbalance, organizes direct action campaigns, builds the individual and collective capacity of the immigrant community and brings immigrant and ally communities together in solidarity to work for change. Read more about our organizing model here.

Our Member Congregations

Our member congregations form the backbone of our interfaith immigrant justice movement. Comprised of even numbers of immigrant and allied citizen faith communities, our member congregations participate in trainings, workshops, campaigns, events, and accompany families facing deportation.

Our member congregations include:

Arch Street United Methodist Church
Calvary United Methodist Church
Central Baptist Church of Wayne
Centro Cristiano de la Roca
Eglise Evangelique Haitienne
Faith Emmanuel Church
Germantown Mennonite Church
Holy Innocents Church
Mishkan Shalom Synagogue
The Philadelphia Praise Center
Tabernacle United Church
Tikkun Olam Chavurah
St. Joan of Arc Parish
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church
UUPLAN (Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network)
West Kensington Ministry
Visitation BVM Church

Our Values

Supporting our congregational organizing is a wide network of individuals, organizations, and faith communities. In living our values, we seek healing and wholeness. We are actively creating the world we all desire. We are an open, inclusive movement, welcoming everyone who shares our values of:

  • Dignity

    As brothers and sisters, we treat everyone with deep honor and respect. We affirm the creative, active power of every individual to make our community and the world better.

  • Community

    In an inclusive community, we find shared strength, power, and wisdom that allow us to realize our full potential.  For this reason, we intentionally nurture relationships and invite all people to participate.

  • Mutuality

    We believe that we all have something to give and something to gain.  When all are invited to the table, everyone benefits.  In the spirit of mutual trust, we share as equals, learning from each other and growing as individuals.

  • Spiritual Non-Violence

    Inspired by the legacy of people of faith who have joined together in creative, peaceful movements for social change, we confront violent structures and actions with bold compassion and courageous love.  We draw on our collective courage and strength to stand up for the rights of all people, regardless of immigration status.

Our Staff

This broad-based grassroots movement is organized by a professional team that facilitates relationships across faith, ethnicity, and class. Click our photos to learn more about us.

Cynthia Oka

Cynthia Oka

Community Organizer
Cynthia is an immigrant from Indonesia and Canada who has worked with various social movements. Contact her at cynthia@sanctuaryphiladelphia.org
Sheila Quintana

Sheila Quintana

Community Organizer
Sheila is an immigrant from Mexico who has worked with various immigrant justice movements. Contact her at sheila@sanctuaryphiladelphia.org
Haryo Mojopahit

Haryo Mojopahit

Development and Communications
Haryo is from Indonesia and has been working with the immigrant community since 2012. Contact him at Haryo@sanctuaryphiladelphia.org.
Maria Turcios

Maria Turcios

Community Organizer
Originally from Honduras, Maria has organized with New Sanctuary Movement as a key leader since 2007. Contact her at Maria@sanctuaryphiladelphia.org.
Blanca Pacheco

Blanca Pacheco

Assistant Director
Blanca is from Ecuador and has been working with the immigrant community since 2006. Contact her at Blanca@sanctuaryphiladelphia.org.