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ASV develops exhibits which combine the history, stories, and artwork of migrants and refugees. Centering narrators’ stories within the larger context of colonialism, U.S. interventionism and capitalist extraction, our exhibits highlight the historical resistance and resilience of migrants and their communities. 

Both of our exhibits are currently open to the public for free at City College of San Francisco’s Rosenberg Library (50 Frida Khalo Way) 3rd Floor. 

All of our exhibits are available for download below as well as additional educational materials, discussion questions, and further reading. When possible, we offer guided visits and discussions for student groups. If you are interested in scheduling a class visit to the exhibit please contact us:


This exhibit presents the history of the early Sanctuary Movement in the Bay Area from 1951-1992, with a focus on the faith communities and migrants who led the legal and political battles that eventually created Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The exhibit exposes the role of the U.S. government in contributing to violence and destabilization in Central America while highlighting the courage of refugees, activists, and ordinary citizens who fought tirelessly to protect human rights during the early sanctuary movement.


Focusing on various nuances of climate-induced displacement and migration of the Rohingya people, as well as people in the Northern Triangle of Central America, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Syria, and Pakistan, our Climate Migration exhibit weaves history and climate science together with stories from asylum seekers and climate migrants.

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