LGBTQ+ Immigrants

Some LGBTQ+ immigrants find that in the United States, they are finally in a safe place to explore/express their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some come to the United States because of the persecution they face in their home country due to their actual or perceived sexual identity. Some are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking.

Ayuda offers specialized legal and social services to help meet LGBTQ+ immigrants’ unique needs. We endeavor to uphold their legal rights through affirming and supportive services. Ayuda’s immigration legal team has experience advocating for the needs of LGBTQ clients and fighting the discrimination they face within the contexts of immigration and family law.

Our social services team works to connect LGTBQ+ clients with supportive housing options, health services, and a community that will welcome them.

Our staff have been trained to make our office space welcoming to LGBTQ clients by providing a safe environment free of judgment or bias.

Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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