Immigrant and Refugee Support Group

Immigrant and Refugee Support Group

Here are some key tasks members of this group focus on:

  • Supporting the Maranatha Indonesian UCC church in person by visiting them on the first Sunday of the month for their English service. No experience necessary. If you get to know someone with an open case you could write a letter of support for them which could help persuade the judge to decide in their favor.
  • Although membership in the Maranatha Indonesian UCC has rebounded some since the 2011 deportations people with revocable immigration statuses are feeling threatened again. Send letters of encouragement to their congregation at 18 Town Hall Rd Madbury, NH 03823.
  • Pastor Sandra says, "When you make the choice to call your Members of Congress and Senators, those calls make a difference." The persistence of a small active group is needed!
  • The public needs to know about the benefits of welcoming immigrants. You could host an educational event at your church or attend a rally.
  • The group has recently has organized to provide financial support for immigrants detained in NH. Download the fundraising letter to learn more. 

    Join the Immigrant and Refugee Support Group and learn!

    Nancy Pape
    NHCUCC Immigrant and Refugee Support Group, chair

Meeting Schedule 

The next meeting of the Immigrant and Refugee Support Group will be:

Friday, September 7, 2018, 10 AM - 12 PM at the
New Hampshire Conference Center
140 Sheep Davis Road
Pembroke, NH

Four-Day "Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice" to Begin August 22

New Hampshire faith leaders announced that they plan to trek from Manchester to Dover in a four day "Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice" beginning on August 22nd.  Father Samuel Fuller, OFM Cap, a Franciscan Friar serving at St. Anne-St. Augustin, Manchester's most diverse parish, said "Our walk will mirror the trip an immigrant who is detained by I.C.E. takes from the Federal Building to the Strafford County Jail and possible deportation. Sadly, this is a journey several of our parishioners have already made in shackles and in fear."

Learn more by reading the complete press release or visiting the event Facebook page.

Immigrant and Refugee Support Group Receives a Challenge Grant of $5000 for Bail Bonds

The Immigrant and Refugee Support Group has received a challenge grant of $5,000 for bail bonds of immigrants currently held in jail in New Hampshire awaiting a court hearing.  Bonds can cost at least $1500, but the money is refunded when the case is heard, so the funds can be re-allocated for another client.

Contributions to support this challenge should be made payable to NHCUCC with "IRSG Bond Funds" on the memo line, and mailed to the New Hampshire Conference United Church of Christ, 140 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, NH 03275. 

Immigrant and Refugee Support Group Seeking Lawyers to Assist with Bond Hearings

Would you volunteer your time to help free eligible immigrants from immigrant detention?

If so, consider attending the upcoming training designed to teach lawyers, with no immigration law expertise, how to do an immigration bond hearing. Mentoring is also provided.

Bond Training

Date: September 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Place: New England College (Concord Campus, 62 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301)

Click here to RSVP

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