Asylum Seekers have endured oppression and violence in its most cruel and dehumanizing forms, and have survived. More than five million people globally were displaced from their homes last year due to these atrocities. They lived knowing their lives were in danger in their own countries, and many have sought protection and peace in the United States.
We recognize the strength, perseverance, and courage that Asylum Seekers have demonstrated only to arrive at the border of the United States and discover that they must now navigate a capricious, expensive, and complicated immigration system here. On average, their asylum case in Immigration Court can take more than 4 years to complete. Currently, there are over 25,000 Asylum cases pending in the Colorado courts alone.
To help our new Asylum Seekers get through this process, we create teams of people to accompany them in hospitality and companionship as they journey through the legal process they are a part of. This includes hosting our guests in private homes, financially and materially providing for their initial needs upon release, connecting them with the larger community and its resources, and emotionally supporting them as they work through their past and look to their future.
This effort is founded on the principle that entering into long-term, personal relationships with survivors of oppression, is capable of transforming the situation of our guests, our own understanding of our role in society, and the power systems that create the unjust conditions that our guests have experienced.
Your donated funds will help us to support the Asylum Seekers in our program until they have received their Employment Authorization Document and can live independently.