Four Colorado Women Took Sanctuary to Protect Their Families From Separation

UndocuAmerica Project Manager: Laura Peniche

Boulder, CO, 09/26/2018 - In 2017, four undocumented immigrant leaders living in Colorado turned to congregations in their communities for Sanctuary in an effort to keep their families together. Araceli Velasquez, Ingrid Encalada Latorre, Rosa Sabido, and Sandra Lopez are also the leaders behind The People’s Resolution - a document that provides legislators with specific steps to restore a path to status for undocumented immigrants and prevent the separation of families.

“I’m not doing anything wrong. I don’t have a legal paper, but I don’t need a legal paper to stay with the kids. I’m a mother. I don’t need that.” - Sandra Lopez, Carbondale, CO

Now, on October 14th, 2018, at 2:00 pm (MST) Motus Theater will bring to the stage of eTown Hall the stories of these four women with the special performance Women of Resolution. The documentary theater performance will feature Colorado legislators Rep. Jonathan Singer, Rep. Leslie Herod, Rep. Joe Salazar, and Rep. Mike Foote reading stories of the four women based on interviews by the award-winning photojournalist Joel Dyer. The reading will be woven with acapella singing by Teresita Lozano, and photos also by Dyer. Following, the award-winning feminist and civil rights slam poet Dominique Christina will perform a poetic response. The event will end with a panel of sanctuary movement leaders, including Jeanette Vizguerra, and Sandra Lopez (who left sanctuary in August of 2018).

 Women of Resolution with Members of the Colorado State House

Where: eTown Hall

1535 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302

When: 2 pm (MST)

Women of Resolution is not only a live performance but also a national live-streaming initiative. In partnership with the American Friends Service Committee and Faith In Action, Motus will be live-streaming the performance to congregations and homes across the country to build support for the sanctuary movement.

This performance also kicks-off Motus Theater’s new and unprecedented UndocuAmerica Performance & Media Project - a multimedia platform that uses theater, radio/podcasting, journalism, and film to interrupt the dehumanizing portrayals of immigrants and encourage thoughtful engagement on the challenges facing the undocumented community and the assets immigrants bring to our country.

(For photos contact Laura Peniche)


Additional Quotes

“Whether or not someone has made a mistake in their past doesn’t change the fact that they’re still a human being. That we are still human beings who belong here in this country and who belong here with our families and our children.” - Araceli Velasquez Denver, CO

“You have to support something like this [The People’s Resolution]  to make a change in Colorado. That way there won’t be more families separated. You have the voice to demand that congress does their job at the national level.

- Ingrid Encalada Latorre, Boulder, CO

“It will be ... 30 years here. It’s not like yesterday or two years ago. I have contributed a lot to this country...It has been my dream in this country to have my own business, a well-established business. But ...I’m getting old, with the dream inside.” - Rosa Sabido, Mancos, CO


The mission of Motus Theater is to use original theater to support conversation on critical issues. Motus has been using the power of stories to increase awareness, shift attitudes and inspire action to support immigrants since 2013.

Motus Theater:  UndocuAmerica Performance & Media Project

UndocuAmerica will humanize undocumented immigrants, and decrease susceptibility to negative media (of all forms) by making their stories accessible to a wide diversity of national audiences through the UndocuAmerica podcast and Sanctuary Series, and in Colorado through photojournalism, newspaper series, theater performances, radio, and film. We will reach millions of people monthly, empowering undocumented leaders and enlisting dominant cultural leaders to be ambassadors for the undocumented community among their anti-immigrant relatives, co-workers, and neighbors, with whom they have real influence. UndocuAmerica will pair undocumented leaders with national cultural voices, such as Yo-Yo Ma, as well as leaders in law enforcement, business, and education to help bridge the widening gap in the immigration debate.


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