Many Minnesota faith congregations have responded to the Trump Administration’s changes in immigration enforcement policy by offering to provide “sanctuary” to vulnerable immigrants in immediate danger of deportation. Many more are currently discerning whether to take that step.

Congregations discerning their role in offering sanctuary need pro bono lawyers to help them understand the legal implications – the bright lines and gray areas – of housing and transporting undocumented immigrants, or providing support to those congregations that do. Congregations committed to providing sanctuary need pro bono lawyers to help them do so in a lawful way that reduces the risk of potential criminal investigation and enforcement.

LegalCORPS is partnering with Dorsey & Whitney, The Advocates for Human Rights, the Minnesota State Bar Association Human Rights Committee, ISAIAH, and Minnesota/ Dakotas Chapter of AILA’s Faith-Based Advocacy Group to provide training and coordination for area lawyers who would like to help the sanctuary movement.

First, we will introduce lawyers to the legal, practical, and ethical issues of advising congregations on providing sanctuary and equip lawyers interested in providing pro bono legal services to sanctuary congregations. Next, we will hold a legal clinic organized by ISAIAH to help answer basic questions for congregations interested in providing sanctuary and to refer them to pro bono lawyers.

The attorney training will occur:

8:30 – 12:30pm, Monday, July 24, 2017, Dorsey & Whitney

The legal clinic will occur:
6:00 – 8:30pm August 10, 2017
Location to be determined
CLE credit is being applied for. More information to come.

Please register via Eventbrite for this FREE event. If you have difficulty registering, or have questions, please contact LegalCORPS at 651-583-5978 or