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. Both international and domestic law affirms the right for refugees to seek legal protection in the U.S. at any time.
A broken system
Since 2011, the U.S. asylum backlog has increased by more than 1,750%. The number of pending cases means asylum seekers can wait more than six years before their immigration 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 are the most underserved refugees in the U.S.