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. 


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

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 simultaneously delays permission to work.  The current asylum policy means asylum seekers will experience extreme hardship during the asylum process.


Join us as we work to ensure that all persons fleeing persecution are given a chance to reach their full potential and contribute to their new community.