January 11, 2019 - NSC Community Legal Defense Launched


(NEW YORK, NY)  Ravi Ragbir, Executive Director, New Sanctuary Coalition, released the following statement on launching NSC Community Legal Defense on the anniversary of his unlawful detention in retaliation for his activism in support of immigrant rights:

“Today, in launching NSC Community Legal Defense, the New Sanctuary Coalition takes an important step in our relentless fight to reform U.S. immigration laws to promote fairness, social and economic justice.  NSC Community Legal Defense will provide essential support to empower our community to aggressively fight to preserve family unity and ensure due process for all.  We welcome Sarah Gillman and Gregory Copeland to lead NSC Community Legal Defense.  Sarah and Gregory come to us with a wealth of experience defending against detention and deportation, and a proven track record in rapidly responding to protect the dignity and rights of community members.”

 New Sanctuary Coalition is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together.  We recognize that unjust global and systemic economic relationships and racism form the basis of the injustices that affect immigrants.  For over a decade, NSC has created community and safety through its accompaniment program, pro se clinic, popular education series, and activism.  NSC Community Legal Defense will empower our community to ensure that due process and human dignity are steadfastly protected.


Gregory Copeland