CAPLA (Chicago-Area Program for LGBTQ Asylum) is a newly registered 501(c)3 organization with a mission to provide critical services, including secure housing and mentorship, to LGBTQ asylum-seekers, asylees, and refugees in Chicagoland. Learn more at CAPLAsylum.org.
Every year numerous LGBTQ individuals arrive in the United States seeking asylum, having fled countries like Iran, Russia, and Nigeria, where the cost is high for having your sexual orientation or gender identity discovered. Even in a city like Chicago, it can be a challenge for LGBTQ newcomers - who have a legal right to be here - to find stable housing and to make the crucial connections needed in the initial period of settling into their new city.
Born from a grassroots effort to provide LGBTQ immigrants with safe short-term housing and quality social services, CAPLA was founded by John Adewoye and Kevin Langson in order to continue and expand upon the services that John and other activists and volunteers have been providing since 2006 . They are joined by a diverse and experienced Board of Directors.
You can help LGBTQ immigrants thrive in Chicago! CAPLA is seeking financial support to offset initial start-up costs, including:
* Graphic design and printing
* Website maintenance
* Community needs assessment survey
* Office equipment
* Mentor training
* Partnerships to provide office space and housing accommodations