In response to the needs of our immigrant neighbors, our accompaniment program seeks to address the major barriers responsible for detention and deportation. IM4HI works with congregations throughout the Bay Area in order to train dedicated individuals who can form accompaniment teams to support newly arrived or newly exposed members of our communities. Teams work under the lead of the accompanied families to determine goals such as healthcare, legal, and education, and help families realize their objectives. Support as simple as helping make an appointment or learning how to use public transportation grows independence and ultimately, the strength of our immigrant neighbors.
Networks of Protection and Rapid Response
County-wide movements are occurring all over California in order to form Rapid Response hotlines which provide immediate aid to those neighbors held in detention centers or are terrorized by ICE. In Northern California, IM4HI is a member organization of the Alameda County Immigration Legal Education Partnership working as a dispatcher to fill out intake forms, verify ICE activity, and hold Know Your Rights Workshops.
Coordinator: Samantha Vazquez
Please meet our 2018 accompaniment teams:
Berkeley Friends Meeting House, Christ Church Berkeley (Teams A, B, and C!), Eden Church Hayward, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, First Presbyterian Church of Hayward, First Unitarian Church of Oakland, Ignatian Spiritual Life Center, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Mt Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, Los Altos United Methodist Church, Rise Up Together SF, San Francisco Friends Meeting House, Universalist Unitarian Church of Berkeley, and Ygnacio Valley Presbyterian Church.