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Sanctuary: Ingrid Encalada at the Unitarian Church in Boulder

After her husband's unjust arrest and deportation, Ingrid sought sanctuary in Boulder. The community has rallied around her and her family.

Candles lit around rally posters.
Candle lighting ceremony to welcome Ingrid

Ingrid Encalada's husband was taken by ICE. She was left alone to care for her young son, and - being out of options, scared, and broke - she left her home in Fort Collins to seek sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Boulder.

She has been in the church since December, 2017, and continues her immigrant rights campaign from the church, which has welcomed her with open arms. Since her move to Boulder, Ingrid has become an icon for the immigrant rights and immigrant reform movement, and has been calling for the elimination of unfair arrests and deportations by ICE.

I had the opportunity to interview Ingrid on her first day at the church. The interview below was aired in its entirety on KGNU the next morning. The interview is bilingual, in that it was conducted in Spanish, and we had an English interpreter.

- Rossana Longo Better is the KGNU/League of Women Voters Boulder County public policy/media intern.

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