Iowa Sanctuary Movement


9:00 AM09:00

Immigration 202

Join staff from AFSC Iowa to lean more about the U.S. Immigration system, current ICE operations in Iowa and advocacy actions you can take/join to make a difference!

1st Unitarian Church in Des Moines

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6:30 PM18:30

Know Your Rights & Bystander Training w/National Lawyers Guild

Sally Frank, Drake law professor, will cover know-your-rights and bystander training at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave, Monday, Aug. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. All are welcome.

This training is not directly about sanctuary, but it's important for anyone involved in sanctuary and/or immigrant rights to understand their rights when/if stopped by police or ICE or when witnessing an ICE or police action.

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9:00 AM09:00

Immigration 202

Interested in taking your knowledge about U.S. immigration to the next level? Looking for answers to pressing questions?

Join local experts and community members as they present their experiences, stories, overview of immigration laws and lead a discussion to answer your most pressing questions. Advocates will also discuss ways Iowans are getting involved in working to advance immigrants’ rights in cities and congregations across the state. All are welcome!

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1:30 PM13:30

Panel Discussion on Welcoming City

  • Drake University Harvey Ingham Building Room 135 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Goal: To provide information on the Welcoming Cities resolutions being introduced across the Metro. 

When: Thursday, July 27th
Where: Drake University, Harvey Ingham Room 135
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Format: Panel Discussion
Speakers: Community members, attorneys, organizations, business, faith, academics, local leaders (Invited panelists include: Marilu Arroyo, Lori Chesser, Bishop Pates, Rob Baron, Therese Harms, Sanjita Pradhan and Chelsey Lepley) 
Moderator: Media personality

Confirmed Co-Sponsors: (sponsors will be listed in event materials and media releases)
• American Friends Service Committee
• Drake University
• Catholic Diocese of Des Moines

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Iowa Dads in Detention
1:30 PM13:30

Iowa Dads in Detention

This Father's Day, we'll come together to honor the stories and experiences that Iowa families are struggling to live with in the current reality and injustice of ICE's increased enforcement operations in Iowa. 

The majority people targeted in ICE's stepped up enforcement in Iowa have been Latino men. Almost all of them are fathers of U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.This unfair and abrupt separation of families is creating psychological trauma and economic crisis in Latino families and communities in Iowa. 

The Iowa Dads in Detention event will feature a panel discussion with the families affected, immigrant activists, and faith and community leaders of Iowa. The event will conclude with several actions that Iowans can take to support the families impacted and immigrants in Iowa.

There will be time for questions from the press for leaders of the Iowa Sanctuary Movement at the conclusion of the event. Email for more information. 

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4:30 PM16:30

Faith Communities as Sanctuary: Information Session

Whether clergy, faith leader, or member of a house of worship, you are invited to an important exploratory meeting to discuss the establishment of spaces of Sanctuary in Iowa.

With President Trump’s executive orders adversely affecting the lives of our immigrant neighbors, it is time for communities of faith to consider their involvement in a sanctuary movement. Nobody knows the full impact of the orders already signed, much less what the administration might do next; therefore, it is wise to prepare for the worst while praying for the best.

A “Faith Communities as Sanctuary” information session will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 7, at First Christian Church (2500 University Ave, Des Moines). Please consider attending and/or sending a delegation from your faith community. Recognizing there are a number of legal questions related to the establishment of Sanctuary spaces, we have invited local immigration lawyers to present their expertise.

Please RSVP by contacting Rev. Ryan Arnold (First Christian Church) or Erica Johnson (AFSC Iowa) at

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