Community Support

These faith and community groups are currently providing direct material and housing support to LGBT asylum seekers. If you are involved with a similar group, please let us know:

East Coast USA:

Center Global logoCenter Global at The DC Center, Washington, D.C.

Since its establishment in 2013, Center Global has provided direct assistance and services to more than fifteen individuals, who are in various stages of the asylum seeking process. This has included guidance regarding the legal process, coordinating housing assistance and providing limited financial support to several asylum seekers.

Taskforce LogoLGBT Asylum Support Task Force, Worcester, Massachusetts

Founded in June 2008, the Taskforce’s founding goal and continuing mission is to support the basic human needs of LGBT people seeking asylum in the United States. They strive to provide or facilitate housing, food, clothing, resources (inc. health care, psychological care, faith communities), cellphones (vital for contact with lawyers & family), and transportation. As of October 2012, Task Force volunteers have raised money and sourced donations to support more than 80 individuals during their asylum-seeking process.

See here to hear Taskforce member Maggie explain the organization’s work.

West Coast, USA:

Picture 2First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, CA

Members of the Guardian Group provide support to sexual minority refugees, asylum seekers, and asylees who are being resettled in San Francisco and nearby cities.

All people being assisted by the Group are in the United States legally.  The Group’s work includes practical contacts such as navigating governmental agencies. More importantly, the Guardians are people refugees can rely on to give independent advice and to provide unconditional friendship. 

Mid West, USA:

CLASP logoChicago LGBT Asylum Support Program (CLASP), Chicago, IL

CLASP was established in early 2014, in partnership with the Broadway United Methodist Church, following the LGBT-FAN inaugural retreat. CLASP aims to provide direct living support and welcoming environments to asylum seekers, as works closely with the Center for Integrated and Courageous Living (CICLiv) to this end. The group is currently seeking to connect with local human service providers and develop fund-raising and service provision strategies.

Click here to watch the CLASP launch event.

Click here to download flyer.

center's logoCenter for Integration and Courageous  (CICLVING), Chicago, IL

CICLVING provides LGBTI asylees and immigrants from other cultures a welcoming home in the Chicago Area. Working in partnership with CLASP, and founded by LGBTI asylees, the group supports asylees and refugees as they walk to self-actualization away from self-negation. CICLVING offers referrals and direct services on needs including housing, basic amenities, education and career development support, and pyscho-social care.  

Contact for more information: ciclving (at) gmail (dot) com

Freedom House logoFreedom House, Detroit, MI

Freedom House is a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal shelter in the U.S. and Canada.  It is the only organization in the country to provide comprehensive services (e.g. shelter, food, clothing, legal aid, medical and psychosocial care, ESL, financial literacy, offsite housing) free of charge. 

Freedom House’s mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty: To provide safety for those “yearning to breathe free.”   In 2012, it became a formal partner in the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium servicing victims of human trafficking.

Canada:

MCC_Toronto LogoMetropolitan Community Church of Toronto

MCC Toronto has been actively assisting inland refugee claimants settle in Canada and have a successful Immigration and Refugee Board hearing since 2005. It has helped over 800 such refugee claimants in this time.

It also sponsors LGBT refugees from overseas and provides settlement support and financial assistance during their first year in Canada. It has assisted seven refugees from Iran, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past three years.

It offers Community and Social support in a spiritual setting.  Membership in the church is not required to obtain support. It also offer referrals to legal and other social assistance in the city of Toronto. The group has a vibrant faith/spiritual community that reaches over 116 countries through our weekly morning webcast of our service.

VOLAGS

Some Voluntary Resettlement Agencies (Volags) are based in faith traditions and reach out to the LGBT community, such as:

HIAS_Logo The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

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    The LGBT Freedom & Asylum Network (LGBT-FAN) is a national coalition dedicated to helping people who are seeking safety in the United States because of persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity in their home countries.