In March 2018, Fourth Universalist welcomed Aura Hernandez and her two children, Camila and Daniel into sanctuary.

Fearing a forced return to Guatemala, where her life would be in significant danger and she would separated from her family, Aura is fighting to secure a stay of deportation, have her immigration case re-opened, and secure a U-Visa. To learn more about her story, check out articles/interviews from the New York Times, The Nation, and Democracy Now! (here and here).

To support Aura and her family, we ask you to consider a donation to our sanctuary work and to Aura. To donate, please follow the “Donate Here” button below and look for the sanctuary box on the following screen. All donations go to support Aura and the costs of sanctuary. They include food, home supplies, helping cover rent for her family now that she is no longer able to work, car payments, health care costs, and discretionary funding for Aura herself. Costs total roughly $1,500 a month.


If you are able and willing, we hope you will give, as well as share this page on social media and through email to encourage your friends and your community to give too. This is one way for our neighborhood and city to come together and live out our shared values of family, compassion, and human dignity. Together, we can make sure that Aura and her family know they are loved, cared for, and that we are doing everything we can to ensure their family is reunited and can return home. Together, we stand against politics of fear and divisiveness and instead embrace our great national heritage as a country of immigrants, diversity and refugees.

We do not stand alone but are grateful for the support and encouragement of others, including neighboring congregations like All Souls Unitarian Church, the New Sanctuary CoalitionFaith in New York, the Synagogue Coalition on the Refugee and Immigration Crisis (SCRIC), and all our individual friends in the community.

If you have questions or are looking to get involved or support this important work, please reach out to our Senior Minister, Rev. Schuyler Vogel at