Thousands of individuals arrive every year in New York City, fleeing violence and oppression in their home countries. However, their strenuous journey doesn't end at the airport. Asylees must wait over two years to receive asylum, and six months for work authorization. In the meantime, they often must learn a new language, look for work, and adapt to a new culture- all while dealing with the emotional and physical trauma from their home countries.
For those without family or friend connections in NYC, the safety net is thin. Our shelter partners with other organizations around the city to provide wrap-around care, so that asylum seekers can access the resources they need to thrive in NYC.