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Since 2008 we have assisted 83 asylum seekers. Many cases are still pending but 24 have been granted asylum.
We support asylum seekers until they get a work permit and can support themselves. We are currently supporting 9 in Worcester.

LGBT Asylum seekers need our help!

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Learn more by coming to our next monthly meeting, second Mondays, 6:30pm
at Hadwen Park Church, 6 Clover St., Worcester.

Contact, Pastor Judy Hanlon, gracelift@aol.com

Did You Know...

There are laws against homosexuality in 87 88 countries around the world?
In 72 countries, you could be imprisoned if you are part of the LGBT community?
In 7 of those countries, the punishment is the death penalty?
In some of those countries "corrective rape" is common and sometimes committed by government officials?

Fortunately, There is Help

The LGBT Asylum Support Task Force is a group of dedicated volunteers in Central Massachusetts who provide support those who are seeking political asylum in the U.S. based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. As of December 2013, the Task Force has helped more than 78 individuals.

Asylum seekers are vulnerable and traumatized individuals who have fled to the U.S. in fear of being killed or harmed in their countries of origin due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The violence resulting from homophobia and anti-homosexuality laws in many countries in the world is rampant.

Because most asylum seekers are not permitted to work during their legal process, they do not have the means to support themselves. They often arrive in the U.S. with nothing but the clothes on their backs having used all of their resources getting here. Moreover, they remain particularly isolated because frequently they cannot turn to people from their own country in the U.S. for assistance or support as it is their fellow countrymen from whom they are fleeing.

The volunteers of LGBT Asylum Support Task Force contribute to the financial, housing, social, and spiritual needs of asylum seekers in many ways:

raising money to help pay rent and bills,
recruiting volunteers to host asylum seekers to live in their homes,
donating clothing, toiletries, and household items,
driving them to appointments, and
providing a safe and supportive social environment.

This is often the first time they have been able to publicly express their sexual orientation and it is incredibly empowering. For many, this is the first time they have been able to witness same sex couples and families living normal everyday lives and it gives them great hope for their futures.

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