Columbus Church Formally Welcomes Honduran
Family Seeking Asylum
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2019
Michelle Nealy, , (202) 735-7123
Dan Clark, , (614)648-3663
Columbus Church Formally Welcomes Honduran Family Seeking Asylum
Columbus, Ohio -- On Sunday, July 21st at 2 p.m., church members, faith leaders, and community members will hold a press conference to welcome new residents at Just North United Church of Christ.
Just North has taken in a family of four from Honduras -- Maria, Juan and their two small children -- who are seeking safety in Columbus. The family faced credible death threats in Honduras and were forced to flee, leaving behind everything they loved. The church and family have chosen to use pseudonyms for the reasons of safety and privacy.
They walked for more than 90 days from Honduras to Mexico, waiting months to cross the border through a legal port of entry. Soon after arriving in the U.S., Maria gave birth. Just 48 hours later, they were loaded onto a Greyhound bus, and when they reached Columbus they had nowhere to turn. Their case for legal asylum is strong but they need our support for counsel, application fees and daily living until they receive a legal work permit and a home of their own.
Press Conference in Support of Family Seeking Asylum
Sunday, July 21st at 2 p.m.
Just North United Church of Christ
2040 Henderson Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43220
Rev. Eric Williams, Just North United Church of Christ
Dawn Leach, Just North UCC Immigration Justice Team
Kim Heimlich, Just North UCC Immigration Justice Team
Rev. Dan Clark, Faith in Public Life
Rev. Sally Padgett, First English Lutheran Church, where Miriam Vargas is living in sanctuary
Pastor Joel Miller, Columbus Mennonite Church, where Edith Espinal is living in sanctuary
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