An estimated 50,000 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.
Who 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
More than 800,000 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 simultaneously delays permission to work. Current asylum policy creates extreme barriers to the safety and wellness of asylum seekers.