An estimated 25,000 asylum seekers live in the shadow of the nation's capital. These men, women and children come to the U.S. because of circumstance--not choice.
What is an asylum seeker?
An asylum seeker is a person who applies for refugee status from the safety of the U.S. It is not illegal to seek asylum.
A broken system
An estimated 465,000 U.S. asylum applications are currently pending. The unprecedented backlog means asylum seekers can wait more than six years before their immigration legal case is resolved.
From Persecution to Destitution
Although 44 countries accept asylum applications, the U.S. is the only country that denies asylum seekers access to basic services and significantly delays permission to work. Asylum seekers endure tremendous hardship as they wait for their legal cases to be considered.