Immigration volunteer opportunities: Guardian angel court accompaniment and training

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Sierra Pacific Synod (ELCA), a sanctuary synod, is hosting a Guardian Angel training next month for volunteers to be court observers and accompany folks with cases in immigration court. We'd love for you and our Bay Area interfaith and ecumenical partners to join us! Please share widely!
 
The Sierra Pacific Synod AMMPARO Team is offering Guardian Angel training at St. Mark’s Lutheran in San Francisco on May 18th from 9 am - 12 noon, 1111 O'Farrell Street (between Franklin and Gough)Please RSVP for training at 415-294-1832 or email at FLeBAS@ses.plts.eduYou may also RSVP by Google Form here.
 
This session will train you to volunteer in immigration court by offering spiritual accompaniment, providing physical accompaniment, and sharing resources for unaccompanied migrant children and single-parent families going through immigration court. Mary Campbell, director of AMMPARO ELCA in Chicago, will lead the workshop. The training prepares volunteers to accompany in teams of two (ideally one a Spanish speaker, though this isn’t required) at immigration court in San Francisco. No legal experience is needed, and the time commitment is very flexible. 
 
Why are we doing this? We are called to bear witness to the conditions impacting so many communities, and to work to find solutions that will acknowledge the humanity in all of God’s children. Join us in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.
 
Coordinator Opportunity
 
Furthermore, the Sierra Pacific Synod Guardian Angel Team is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator who would spend 4-5 hours a week communicating with a court clerk about upcoming cases, and connecting Guardian Angel
volunteers to accompany specific people.
 
Interested in either training to be a Guardian Angel volunteer or stepping up as the Guardian Angel Volunteer Coordinator? Please RSVP for training or to indicate interest in the coordinator position at 415-294-1832 or email at FLeBAS@ses.plts.edu.
 
Three ways to RSVP: