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By connecting families with trustworthy legal counsel, a public witness, and help navigating the detention system and visitation, the Accompaniment program provides deep emotional support and forges strong relationships with faith networks in immigrant communities.
The Accompaniment program is the only program in Philadelphia that fosters long-term relationships between allied congregations and immigrant families to create transformational relationships and a strong faith-based network that participates in New Sanctuary Movement(NSM) campaigns. This program connects families with trustworthy legal counsel; public witness on court dates by a group from allied congregations; help navigating the detention system and visitation; and emotional and spiritual support. Accompanying families to immigration, criminal, and traffic court; detention centers; and probation check-in’s provides a community of support around the immigrant family, holds the judge and system accountable, and connects the members to a wider community of people facing similar struggles. Since the 2016 election, the number of people in NSM’s Accompaniment program has tripled. They now work with 100 people, and have a network of 200 people signed up as volunteers.
Another key component of Accompaniment are Convivios – monthly meetings for immigrants in the Accompaniment program, immigrant members of NSM, and immigrants in the community. The goal of the Convivios is to create community among immigrant members, connect with others who are facing similar challenges and host workshops from outside groups that focus on healing, emotional support and skills people want to learn. In the past, NSM has hosted workshops on emotional healing, domestic violence, poetry, buying a home, and paying taxes – topics all chosen by the group. This compliments the organizing work by providing a space for the whole person to come, to build relationships and to learn.