New York

 The organizations listed below provide services to LGBTQ asylum seekers in New York. Note: this is not an exhaustive list; please email for updates. See also: Legal Resources.

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)

qdep-logo-no-textThe Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a collective Alternative to Detention (ATD), detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ detainees and their families currently in detention centers, those that are recently released from detention centers, and undocumented folks in New York City. QDEP also runs an information hotline (see below).

  • Hotline: 347.645.9339 (Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
  • Address: 252 Java Street, #237, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Email:
  • Notes: Se Habla Español.  Nous parlons français.


Better Together NYC (BTNYC)

Better Together NYC was formed in 2014 as LGBT-FAN’s local partner organization to fill the role of a community-based initiative to improve communications, resources, strategy, and programming among the diversity of LGBTIQ, immigration, civil society, and government groups and individuals.  BTNYC remains purposefully unfunded in order not to compete with the many wonderful organizations and groups already rivaling for the paucity of funding for LGBTIQ immigrant direct services; rather, BTNYC supports the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area LGBTIQ asylum community through solidarity mobilization, local resource referrals, and solutions-based project lead and management.

Twitter: @BetterTNYC

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