Sandra Lopez

Courtest Laurel Smith, Sopris Media

Sanctuary Unidos presents Refuge(e) and Vida En Santuario, two short films that reveal the hardship of immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Raleigh Burleigh spoke to filmmakers Sylvia Johnson and Laurel Smith about their work. The event is on May 29 at the Crystal Theatre at 5:30.

Raleigh Burleigh


Members of Carbondale’s Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church traveled to Denver Monday in support of The People’s Resolution, which seeks to improve state and federal immigration policy.


A Colorado Springs man has been living at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church for the past week to avoid deportation back to his home country of El Salvador.

Laurel Smith,

When Sandra Lopez entered sanctuary in October of 2017, local photojournalist Laurel Smith committed to document her story. For this week’s News Brief, she shares with KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh about the experience. More information about the People’s Resolution is available here.

Sandra Lopez

Después de diez meses de estar en santuario, Sandra Lopez nos comparte su historia en Charlando con Crystal.

Sandra Lopez Leaves Sanctuary After 10 Months

Aug 23, 2018
AH Marsh photo

Sandra Lopez was one of four immigrant women in sanctuary in Colorado. Now, she’s free. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. More information about the Peoples Resolution is here.

Walter Gallacher Photo

Sandra Lopez has lived in the valley for twenty years but for the last nine months she has had to live in sanctuary to avoid deportation. Sandra and her son, Alex, describe how living in sanctuary has affected their family.

Rev. Shawna Foster

Reverend Shawna Foster, minister for the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist church in Carbondale, talks about the intersection between spirituality and activism on The Inner Game.

Raleigh Burleigh

Sandra Lopez, in sanctuary at the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist parsonage, recently received support from Colorado Representative Bob Rankin. KDNK's news team has this story.

AH Marsh Photo

A large crowd diverged from the Women's March in Carbondale on Saturday, January 20, to gather outside of the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist parsonage where Sandra Lopez, having completed 3 months in sanctuary, gave this speech.

Sandra Lopez

During Congressman Scott Tipton’s Mobile Office Hours in Glenwood Springs on Wednesday, December 6, Reverend Shawna Foster introduced the case of Sandra Lopez, a local immigrant that has taken sanctuary with Two Rivers Unitarian Church in Carbondale, to Brian Meinhart, Regional Director and Policy Advisor for the Congressman.

Raleigh Burleigh


A resident of the Roaring Fork Valley has taken sanctuary in Carbondale and fights to remain with her children by avoiding deportation. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Two River Unitarian Universalist

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church in Carbondale has granted sanctuary to a local immigrant rights leader and mother of three. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more. Sandra Lopez, her Attorney Jennifer Smith, Reverand Foster and Pam Williams will speak tonight at Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Parsonage, at 343 Cleveland Place, in Carbondale, at 6:15.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Raleigh Burleigh, interno de noticias para KDNK está hacienda una serie de entrevistas con miembros de la comunidadsobre la discriminación y derechos para los inmigrantes. Habla con Sandra Lopez, representante de CIRC, una coalición para los derechos de inmigrantes en Colorado. 

KDNK News intern Raleigh Burleigh is conducting a series of interviews with members of our community concerning discrimination and immigrant rights. In this interview, he is joined by a representative of CIRC, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. You can hear the interview translated into English here. Special thanks to Rachel Irons for voicing the English translation of Sandra's comments.