Asylum Seekers’ Directory

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MCC Toronto
Refugee & Immigration Project of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (Toronto, Quebec, Canada) – “MCC Toronto works directly with the Canadian government, who matches dollar for dollar, to resettle LGBTQ people who are fleeing from persecution” (Nancy Wilson, see press release dated February 24, 2014).

Related Link — Give directly:
MCC Toronto “Canada Helps” Charity Profile
If you select Donate Now: Under Fund/Designation, choose number 4 – Refugee Sponsorship Fund. If you select Donate Monthly: Designate “Refugee Sponsorship Fund” in the Message/Instructions section (Nancy Wilson, Feb 24, 2014).


Other Sheep Rwanda
Other Sheep Rwanda (Gisenyi, Rwanda) – Contact Jean Elie Gasana, Other Sheep Coordinator for Rwanda, email:

Related Links to Other Sheep Rwanda & Asylum
March 4, 2014Gasana writes that two asylum seekers are at his home in Rwanda; that Other Sheep Rwanda wants to start, as funds become available, a Safe House for asylum seekers.

To make a gift, go to:  The Rwanda Safe House Fund for Ugandan Asylum Seekers

South Africa

Nico Kleynhans
If you would like to consider South Africa as an option for asylum, you can contact Nico Kleynhans with your questions at his email:

Contacts in South Africa that Nico Recommends
Triangle Project (Mowbray, Cap Town) – Says Nico: “Triangle Project is the most well known NGO working within the gay community.”

Good Hope Metropolitan Community Church (Cap Town City Centre) – Says Nico:  “Many churches are inclusive and supporting.  MCC is perhaps one of the most well known.”

Pride Shelter Trust (Mowbray, Cap Town) – Says Nico: “Emergency accommodation for four weeks at a time.”


St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre
SPREC (Kampala, Uganda) – Programs include helping LGBT people in Uganda with emergency support.  Contact email:

United States

ASAP – The Asylum Seekers Assistance Program
“The only full-service program for asylum seekers in New York City” (The Query Quarterly/Fall 2014 edition, MCCNY).  “In addition to legal services, ASAP now provides asylum seekers with a spiritual advisor, access to mental health professionals, and a peer mentor” (Ibid.).  Contact persons are Attorney Sebastian Maguire, Rev. Pat Bumgardner, MCCNY clergy, and Dana Brown.  ASAP is a ministry of MCC’s Global Justice Ministry.  Phone: 310 360 8640, Sarasota, Florida, USA.

AsylumConnect services:  “Creating the first website and mobile app to feature an online, centralized database of service providers useful to LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. The AsylumConnect catalog will help persecuted LGBTQ people find basic human needs resources upon their arrival in the U.S.”

Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program (CLASP)
CLASP (Chicago, Illinois) – was officially announced as a new organization at a press conference on March 6, 2014. According to Reconciling Ministries Network, CLASP “is organizing resources such as: housing that is available for a minimum of 6 months; gifts of money, food and clothing; networking for medical, legal and spiritual support for asylum seekers.”

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CLASP – Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program: Helping LGBT People Seeking Safety in Chicago

Immigration Equality
Immigration Equality (New York City and Washington, D.C.) – the national leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV immigration rights.  Go to this link – Seeking Asylum – to read what you need to know about asylum in the USA.

LGBT Asylum Support Task Force
LGBT Asylum Support Task Force (Worcester, Massachusetts) –  “A community-based organization of volunteers  dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBT individuals who are seeking asylum or  refuge in the United States.”  Direct Giving.  “Email us with inquiries about asylum, volunteer opportunities, or simply to learn more” at

LGBT Faith Asylum Network
LGBT-FAN is dedicated to helping people who are seeking safety in the U.S. because of persecution of their sexual orientation or gender identity in their home countries

Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration
ORAM is the leading advocate for refugees fleeing persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity

St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation
St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation – Programs include:  “Advocacy for improved access to services for LGBT people and allies seeking asylum or increased personal security.” Contact form for St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation.

Related Link – St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation undertakes pro-LGBT work in Cameroon (January 16, 2014).


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