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Long Island faith leaders pray and march in support of sanctuary on Maundy Thursday

julie-h.pngOn Maundy Thursday 2018, Mother Julie Hoplamazian, Mother Marie Tatro, and new honorary canon and immigrant-rights activist, Ravi Ragbir, all walked in support of the sanctuary movement.

The weekly “Jericho Walks”, organized by the New Sanctuary Coalition, usually take place at Federal Plaza where immigrants come in for their regular check-ins and hearings, but this one was different. Today, the group gathered first at the Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in Manhattan where they walked and prayed around the building. Then they marched to the Fourth Universalist Society on Central Park West where Aura Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who has been threatened with deportation, will take sanctuary.

In the News

NY1 News: Activists rally around Guatemala-native mother facing deportation (Featuring comment from the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian)

Democracy Now!: NYC Minister: I’m Willing to Be Arrested If ICE Comes for Immigrant Mother in Sanctuary in My Church

New York Times: Manhattan Church Shields Guatemalan Woman From Deportation



Mother Marie Tatro and Mother Julie Hoplamazian stand and pray with others gathered outside Trump International Hotel in support of immigrant rights.


Canon Ravi Ragbir addresses the crowd in front of Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle, Manhattan.


Juan Carlos Ruiz, co-founder of the New Sanctuary Coalition and longtime immigrant rights activist, prays with Aura Hernandez and her son, Daniel as part of the Jericho Walk on Maundy Thursday.