Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry

The Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry was created to serve immigrants who are in prison awaiting deportation, and to provide spiritual support for prisoners’ families. The seeds of this ministry were sown nearly five years ago when Rev. Gerson Annunciaçao began visiting Brazilian immigrants who were in this condition. With the increasing number of imprisoned Brazilian immigrants, such visits became more urgent and thus more frequent. It was necessary then, instead of individual visits, to hold collective meetings that could accommodate many inmates. With such a format, the opportunity came to conduct Bible studies in the Plymouth County Correctional Facility initially serving several Brazilian prisoners.… Continue

Session Commits to Support The New Sanctuary Movement

The New Sanctuary Movement (also know as the New Sanctuary Coalition) was founded in 2007. From their website:

“The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC 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. We seek reform of United States immigration laws to promote fairness, social and economic justice.”

The New Sanctuary Movement includes an Accompaniment Program, Immigration Rights Legal Clinics, Information for Sanctuary Communities and Jericho Walks around Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) offices and courthouses.… Continue

Refugees in New Haven

On November 29, Ashley Makar, Community Liaison of IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) spoke to a large FPCNH group right after coffee hour. There is clearly a great deal of interest in the current refugee crisis, much need, and much to be done. While Syrians are the most in the news, many are fleeing other intolerable situations. Among the needs:

  • Letters to our elected representatives in support of increasing the number of refugees the U.S. government will admit to this country.
  • Volunteers to help at IRIS.
  • Donations – both financial and of materials to help set up apartments.
  • Cultural Companions, who help refugees adapt to life in America, learn English, navigate public transportation, explore New Haven, and make friends.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Many of us are concerned about the refugee crisis that is so much in the news. Here are a few suggested

  • Write to Congress asking for action for peace in Syria. The Action Alert on our PC USA Office of
    Public Witness web site begins: “Today we are facing the single greatest humanitarian crisis since
    World War II. Over 12 million Syrians have either been displaced internally or have become
    refugees, another quarter million have perished. We need to act now, calling on the US Government to be part of the solution – in addressing the root causes of the Syrian war and in being a place of welcome to those in need of our protection.”
  • Donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at, or to the U.N.