Provide Support for LBGTQ Asylum Seeker 

September 1, 2020

Plymouth Church is part of the Downtown Sanctuary Network through our Immigration Ministry Team. We share resources with the University Immigrant Justice hub and have received this request from them. Please help if  you can. 

The LGBTQ Immigrant & Refugee Coalition is a local group headed by Entre Hermanos, founded in February 2019 by WAISN and the Pride Foundation, and made up of many individuals and organizations in Washington.  From the start, some local congregations got involved by offering hospitality, while others engaged in planning or offered financial support. Currently, eight asylum seekers are being sponsored through the collective efforts of WAISN's LGBTQ Immigrant & Refugee Coalition.

One asylum seeker and her sponsor now need financial help. A trans woman, facing grave danger in her home country, is seeking asylum in the United States. Upon arriving in the U.S., her trauma was compounded by additional threats to her safety. 

The ask:  $765 a month for 3 to 5 months to help cover rent, since she lost income due to reduced hours during the pandemic and doesn't foresee being able to resume her normal work schedule for several months. In addition, she has fallen behind on legal expenses -- nearly $7,000 she needs to pay in total.  You can offer to pay all or part of a month's rent, or help her chip away at legal expenses. You might even rally a few friends  to cover one month's rent.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to “Traction,” a Coalition-member organization, via PayPal, indicating "For Shaun's Guest" in the note line.  Or checks can be made payable to "Traction" with “For Shaun’s Guest” in the memo line, and mailed to 3906 High Street, Everett WA 98201. 

If you are interested in volunteering with the LGBTQ Immigrant & Refugee Coalition as a translator, providing transportation, or have another idea for offering your time, contact Carolyn at carolynedraper@gmail.com.



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