Who We Are
As a coalition of faith communities and other organizations and individuals committed to immigrant justice, the Miami Valley Immigration Coalition is committed to promoting comprehensive, humane immigration reform and radical systemic change by working with and on behalf of those who are affected by unjust immigration laws, policies and practices that do not reflect these higher values:
Dignity of the person
Unity of the family
Richness in diversity
Freedom in the pursuit of purpose
What We Do
We come together as individuals and organizations to amplify each other’s voices, open spaces for partnering,
sharing, and building power. Together we:
Offer compassionate services to immigrant families
Educate and engage our larger community in support of just immigration opportunities
Build mutual relationships with the immigrant community and its allies to act in solidarity for progressive change.
Advocate for humane immigration reform that promotes family unity and respects the inherent dignity of every person
Facilitate leadership training opportunities for immigrants and allies
Support community organizing in the immigrant community.
Education is vital in increasing understanding and awareness of U.S. immigration policies and their devastating effects within and outside our borders. We are committed to working with our partners to inform and educate the larger community about justice, equity, and inclusion issues facing those in the immigrant community. MVIC is proud to have facilitated several workshops, and we invite you to visit our website where slides, resources, and upcoming events can be found. To learn more about the working group, contact Bob Lewis by clicking the button below.
Letting government leaders know that immigration justice is a priority for their constituents is vital. You do not need to know policy specifics to advocate. Our federal legislators need to be urged to do everything in their power to create pathways to citizenship for all 11 million people living and working here without legal status. The president and homeland security secretary need to hear that we want less resources in detention and home monitoring and more resources in humanitarian services for immigrants. Please visit mvicdayton.org/advocate for more specific and updated advocacies. To learn more about the working group, contact Lynn Buffington by clicking the button below.
Sanctuary & Asylum
Our Sanctuary and Asylum group focuses on hosting and supporting asylum-seekers who come to the Miami Valley. We work with host families and churches, including Lower Miami Church of the Brethren, a sanctuary congregation that offers hospitality to migrants in need. We hope to find other individuals, groups, and congregations who may be willing to accompany migrants through sponsorship programs and circles of solidarity. If you can help with contributions of time, money, or supplies, or if you want to know more about how you can help our new neighbors, contact Jan Futrell by clicking the button below.