9:00 AM09:00

Court Observation Training

The Atlanta Center of Excellence and the New Sanctuary movement will be leading a training for individuals interested in participating in a coordinated immigrant court observation effort to support some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Trained court observers will be able to sign up to attend Master Calendar Hearings, Bond Hearings, and Merits Hearings with immigration attorneys as well as pro se asylum seekers as needed.

Time and date
August 29th, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Offices of Alston & Bird, 1201 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Whether you are an experienced immigration attorney or a concerned member of the community, join this training to help to build a record of the treatment of immigrants in immigration court.

Volunteers must be registered in advance. You can register online at:

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2:00 PM14:00

Court Watch Training Program

You Can Help Protect the Rights of Immigrants

Our Immigration Court Watch Program provides community member volunteers the opportunity to protect the due process rights of individuals currently in immigration proceedings by observing immigration court hearings. Come learn how to be a part of a court watch team and document your observations as part of an ongoing community-driven effort to ensure that immigrants in court are afforded due process.

Become a Court Watcher

No legal experience needed!

Court Watch Training Program

Friday, July 27 at 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Columbia Presbyterian Church
711 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

We will provide you with the training so you can be an observer at immigration
court proceedings and create basic reports to add to our court-monitoring
data base.

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12:00 PM12:00

Plaza Fiesta Prayer Vigil

Please join us on Thursday, July 19th, to offer spiritual and mindful support to the families and children at the border and those affected in the Atlanta communities.

Para ofrecer nuestras oraciones y apoyo a las familias y los ninos de la frontera y por todos los afectados por inmigracion en las comunidades en Atlanta.

Plaza Fiesta Party Stage Next to the Children’s Games

4166 Buford Highway NE Atlanta GA

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7:00 AM07:00

Interfaith Prayer Vigil

  • The Sara J. González Memorial Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for an Interfaith Prayer Vigil to offer spiritual and mindful support to the families and children at the border and those affected in the Atlanta communities

When: Saturday, June 30, 7AM-8AM

Where: Gather by the playground at The Sara J. González Memorial Park, 2411 Coronet Way NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Parking: Along Coronet Way (pay attention to parking signs) and the Agape Youth and Family Center (2210 Marietta Blvd) and Publix (2275 Marietta Blvd) parking lots.

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6:00 PM18:00

Community Forum: Understanding Immigration, Family Separation and Zero Tolerance

  • Georgia Sate University College of Law (map)
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Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched immigration dominate the headlines, but questions remain. As newspapers, social media and dinner table conversations examine family separation, border control and immigration detention, we may feel bombarded by constantly changing news on complex and emotional topics.

Community Forum on Immigration

 When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27
 Where: Ceremonial Courtroom, Lower Level

We have seen images of children being separated from their families. We have heard the attorney general’s decision to narrow the path to asylum for women seeking protection from severe domestic violence. And most recently, we have witnessed the president signing an executive order in response to public outcry about the administration’s practice of separating children from their parents, stating that it is “the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together.”

These topics are steeped in complexity and leave many of us wanting to know more.

Join the Tahirih Justice Center and the Center for Access to Justice for a late-breaking community forum where we will:

 Hear from experts, advocates, and strategists who can provide insight into family separation, border control, and refugees and asylum seekers
 Crowdsource questions from the audience – no question is too basic!
 Address what community members can do to get involved

Stephen Bright, former president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, will serve as moderator. The panelists include:

 Dr. Barbara Lopes Cardozo, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
 Rev. Tom Hagood, Columbia Presbyterian Church
 Shana Tabak, Tahirih Justice Center
 Amilcar Valencia, El Refugio

We hope to see you there!

Directions & Parking: Georgia State University College of Law is located at 85 Park Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Parking is available for $7 in the T Deck, located at 43 Auburn Ave., just two blocks from the College of Law. If traveling by MARTA, get off at the Peachtree Center Station on the North/South line. Look for the Ellis Street exit in the station. The College of Law is less than a block from the station at the corner of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Park Place, next door to the Georgia-Pacific Center.

Questions? Contact Tahirih Justice Center at 470-481-4701.

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7:00 PM19:00

2017 James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture

Join Reverend Alison J. Harrington for her lecture,“Expanding Sanctuary: Moving Beyond Church Walls Towards An Ethic of Solidarity.”

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speaker
The Rev. Alison J. Harrington is pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco Theological Seminary, Harrington is a sought after public speaker and prolific writer. As the pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tuscon, Arizona, Harrington plays a central role in the immigrant rights movement in southern Arizona and a national leader in the Sanctuary Movement. In the fall of 2014, Harrington was named by the Center for American Progress as one of fifteen Faith Leaders to Watch in 2015, she was honored as the 2016 Distinguished Alumna for San Francisco Theological Seminary, and most recently was recognized as one of the “10 Women of Faith Leading the Charge Ahead” by Sojourners.

About the James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture
The James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture is a signature event hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and brings a nationally recognized scholar to campus each year. The keynote address focuses on current conversations about questions of faith and values in American culture, providing timely and relevant points of reference for on-campus religious dialogue. The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture. The lecture is named for James Ross McCain, Agnes Scott College’s second president, who served from 1923 to 1951. Previous speakers include Bishop Minerva Carcaño, De. Amy-Jill Levine and Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor.

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2:00 PM14:00


Why Don't They Just Become Legal?

The Myths and the Reality

An Interfaith Gathering of Faith Communities and Immigration Advocates
Supporting Our Atlanta Immigrant Sisters and Brothers

Learn how to involve yourself and/or your faith community in the Sanctuary Movement

Speakers will include:

Danielle Claffey, Partner, Kuck Immigration Partners

DACA Student, Freedom University

Leanne Rubenstein, Executive Director, Compassionate Atlanta

David Schaefer, Managing Director, Advocacy, Latin American Association

Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal Advocacy Director, Project South

Amilcar Valencia, Executive Director, El Refugio


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10:00 AM10:00


Come Stand in Solidarity for DACA Recipients!

Faith leaders, members of faith communities as well as nonprofits and other organizations who work with DACA recipients are encouraged to come and stand in solidarity for DACA on the front steps of Columbia Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 10am.

We are gathering to announce a mental health support program to provide for the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness of DACA students who are undergoing stress and anxiety while waiting to learn whether or not they can continue to live in the United States.

If you are unable to attend, please encourage other members of your faith community, organizations, or associations to come and help fill up the front steps of the church. We want to make a statement of solidarity.

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8:30 AM08:30


Learn how to involve yourself and/or your faith community in the Sanctuary Movement!

Speakers involved in the Sanctuary Movement and Immigrant Rights will include:

  • Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
  • Leanne Rubenstein, Executive Director, Compassionate Atlanta
  • Graham Younger, Georgia Statewide Coordinator, Faith in Public Life

A light breakfast will be available from 8:30-9:00 am

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