Part of the Immigrant Rights Organizing Committee of the Boston Teachers Union
The Unafraid Educators seek to build Sanctuary Schools from the ground up.
A Sanctuary School is a place where immigrant and undocumented students and families are welcomed, respected, cherished and protected. All immigrant and undocumented students are entitled to all educational opportunities and health services, regardless of immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic background, abilities and racial and ethnic identity.
When students feel safe in a school environment they are focused and actively engaged in the curriculum, despite the challenges they face on a daily basis. As a group, we are committed to creating resources and leading district-wide events that stand in solidarity with undocumented and immigrant students and families.
Resources to Use Now
Unafraid Educators created this poster to help educators inform students of their rights and provide safe spaces for conversations after the rescinding of DACA, adapted from United We Dream resources. You can make a copy of this doc and personalize for your school.Find it here: bit.ly/dacaposter
An awesome BTU Unafraid member has pledged to match up to $3,000 in donations! Please donate today!
Know a BPS 2017 grad who qualifies? E-mail email@example.com. The deadline is August 15th!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there places where raids are prohibited?
Yes, with exceptions. According to a policy memorandum released by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in 2011, commonly referred to as the “sensitive locations memo,” ICE officers and agents are to refrain from enforcement actions at least at the following locations and events:
- Schools (including preschools, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, and other institutions of learning, such as vocational and trade schools)
- Churches, synagogues, mosques and other institutions of worship, such as buildings rented for the purpose of religious services
- Funerals, weddings and other public religious ceremonies; and
- Public demonstrations, such as a march, rally or parade.
Note: The sensitive locations policy memorandum may be reversed. School leaders should stay informed about possible changes.
- Are children and youth impacted by raids?
Yes. Research consistently shows that immigration enforcement actions have a harmful impact on the health, safety, academic performance and overall well-being of children, including U.S. citizen children living in mixed-status families. According to a 2010 report by the Urban Institute, children who witnessed parents or family members apprehended in a home raid were much more likely to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder than children whose parents were arrested in other settings, including greater changes in sleeping and eating patterns and much higher degrees of fear and anxiety. Several teachers in North Carolina also reported significant behavioral changes and increased absenteeism among students following a local community raid, including among U.S. citizen students.