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Vicky Chavez is taking her story beyond the walls of Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church.

“It’s hard being in sanctuary,” Chavez said through an interpreter on a conference call Tuesday. “I’m here with my two girls. One is six years old and one is 10 months old.”

Chavez told reporters around the country that she fled her native Honduras to escape domestic violence in death threats. She arrived in the United States in 2014.

At the end of January she was ordered to leave the country and go back to Honduras. Instead, she took refuge inside the church with her daughters and asked the courts to reopen her case. In the meantime, she’s taking English and sewing classes.

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