Carmela fled violence and death threats back home, so with her 4 children decided to turn herself in at the border and request asylum in order to save their life. After following all legal procedures the family recieved a final order of deportation. The only way to save the life of her family was entering into Sanctuary wich means living in a church without the hability to leave while with legal and organizing strategies finds a way to stay in this country legaly. Carmela knocked on over 15 churches in New Jersey and Philadelphia until she found New Sanctuary Movement's door.
On December 13th, 2017, Carmela, Fidel, Keyri, Yoselin and Edwin took the prophetic and bold step to enter into Sanctuary at Church of the Advocate, a member congregation of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. On December 2018 Church of the Advocate passed the torch to Germantown Menonite Church “I am taking Sanctuary to fight for my family, to protest our deportation orders and the injustices of the immigration systems. Everybody deserves to live with dignity and safety,” said Carmela.
Carmela Apolonio Hernandez is strong, fierce and utterly determined in her fight to stay in the city where her children attend school. She needs funds to keep fighting. In order to survive Carmela and her family need $1500/month to buy groceries, clothing, medicine and other needs.
Please donate what you can to support Carmela and her children so they continue to push back and shed light on the violent racist deportation machine. By donating whatever you can you support Carmela and her family get a little closer to their freedom!