Resettling Queer Refugees
The Guardian Group helps queer refugees and asylum seekers settle in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our all-volunteer organization provides emotional, social, and practical support to these extremely vulnerable newcomers.
Thousands of queer refugees are part of the current flow of immigrants fleeing persecution and strife-torn regions of the world. They flee to save their lives that are in jeopardy because of harsh laws and social customs in many African and Middle Eastern countries and nations like Russia. Queer people face the death penalty in 7 countries and imprisonment in 78. Some are able to get refugee status in the US or come as asylum seekers.
Our organization, The Guardian Group, is helping to resettle these traumatized young women and men who manage to get to the US. We provide housing, emergency food, clothing, phone cards, and transit passes for our clients. We arrange for medical and mental health care. More importantly, our volunteers provide emotional, social, and practical support. We listen to their stories, help them navigate through the bureaucratic process of finding lawyers, medical assistance, job training, employment, and social services. Our assistance continues until they become self sufficient and adjusted to life in their new country.
We are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization that depends on donations to carry out this important work. Please help us help our queer brothers in sisters who are in desparate need.
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