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Jeanette Vizguerra

New Sanctuary Movement
After fighting off deportation for eight years, Jeanette Vizguerra decided to go public with her story and sought refuge in the basement of the First Unitarian Church in Denver, Colorado. While in Sanctuary, Jeanette continued to organize for immigrants’ rights and in April of 2017, she was named one of TIME’s 100 most-influential people in the world. Jeanette was able to leave sanctuary after a special bill was introduced on her behalf in Washington, D.C., allowing her to continue fighting her deportation in immigration court and remain in the United States until at least 2019. Jeanette continues to share her spiritual gifts by developing hundreds of faith leaders and congregations in the New Sanctuary Movement.