The Central Ohio Worker Center Sanctuary in the Streets (SIS) Project is a first line of defense for Central Ohio immigrants who are targeted by the Trump Administration for deportation. The SIS aims to create a more resilient immigrant community, educate and organize impacted communities, mitigate the harmful effects of deportations, and mobilize for systemic change.
The goal of the SIS Program is three-fold:
1) Prevention – This is the most important role of the SIS project. The SIS team goes where the community is (grocery stores, churches, events, work sites, schools, homes, flea markets, the streets, etc.) to speak one-one with impacted communities. The purpose is to build trust and develop relationships with the community. Community members are more likely accept information if we go to where they are at and if it is presented in a personal way. The team will have printed KYR information with a hotline to report ICE raids and incidents when needed.
2) Go Onsite and Record the Incident - The SIS Program will respond to deportation events in order to document ICE activity, prevent the deportation, and provide immediate support for families involved. This will be done by filling out a form with all relevant information, taking notes, video recording and taking pictures.
3) Intercede – In most cases, interceding will be just showing up to record the incident. If family members are present, this will mean assessing what the immediate family personal and legal needs are. The SIS Program will support detained immigrants and their families through ongoing case-based advocacy throughout the deportation process.