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While President Trump is fanning flames around his manufactured “state of emergency” at the border, the real crisis is the violence and inhumane treatment many asylum-seekers are experiencing south of border in Tijuana. 

Having fled their homes in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to escape human rights abuses, these asylum-seekers are now living in a hellish limbo because of the U.S. government. 

There is an extreme shortage of shelters in Tijuana, leaving many asylum-seekers on the streets with little money and no access to lawyers, resources and other basic needs. Existing shelters and support centers are overwhelmed and  ill-equipped to handle this growing crisis.

LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in particular are facing especially horrible treatment. The violence of street gangs and opportunists is a constant threat for this vulnerable and growing population who are afraid for their safety and uncertain of their future. 

SAFE SHELTERS Inc. is a newly formed U.S. Non Profit currently on the ground in Tijuana, committed to ensuring the safety of these asylum seekers.

SAFE SHELTERS’ top priority is supporting the LGBTQ+ asylum seekers within Caravan 3 that have recently arrived in Tijuana. This group formed to protect and support each other, having also taken in families with special needs kids that were traveling alone. The group’s safety and security is paramount.  Having already escaped homophobia and hostility in their home countries, they’ve been subjected to violence while en route to the border. They were attacked in both Guatemala and Mexico, and many were injured.

We cannot abandon those who have traveled to the border seeking protection from persecution and violence.

We need your help TODAY to address the immediate needs of these asylum seekers.

SAFE SHELTERS secured Casa de Luz, a house in a safe neighborhood in Tijuana away from danger and hostility, to provide safety, security and support to this group.

Your donation will help our SAFE SHELTERS team on the ground in Tijuana support this group facing extreme and immediate danger and uncertainty.

We need to raise $25,000 immediately to support the following urgent needs:

•   On-site trauma counselor assessing medical and emotional needs for asylum seekers at Casa de Luz

•   Essential improvements to Casa de Luz including:

•   A new boiler

•   Security doors

•   Basic bedding

•  Clothing

•   Food

•   Toiletries

Our campaign has now expanded to fund programs of crucial interventions for this growing population, including trauma counseling, medical and dental care and more.

Together we can make a huge difference in the lives of asylum seekers who need our immediate support.

PLEASE DONATE NOW to SAFE SHELTERS. We need your help to help these good people. Together. 

Safe Shelters, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization registered in the state of New York.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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The mounting crisis at our southern border demands that people of conscience take action.

The number of individuals seeking asylum in the USA has increased exponentially over the past year, pushing existing shelters at the US/Mexico border beyond their capacity and exhausting resources to support this vulnerable population. LGBTQ+ asylum seekers are facing especially inhumane treatment, with the current network of shelters unable to provide adequate protection from discrimination and violence.

In February 2019, SAFE SHELTERS Inc. formed and began mobilizing on the ground in Tijuana, Mexico. Our initial goal was food support and the safety of people in Caravan 3 traveling from Guatemala and Honduras up through Mexico, with a focus on the LGBTQ community of asylum seekers. A group of 32 individuals formed within Caravan 3, most of whom identified as LGBTQ+, along with a couple of families with young children who were traveling by themselves and joined the LGBT group for safety.

With the funds raised through our generous support network, SAFE SHELTERS Inc secured a 3-month lease at Casa de Luz, a house in Tijuana away from danger and hostility. At the casa, Safe Shelters provided safety, security and support to this group. When we first assumed the lease, Casa de Luz was in a state of total disrepair. Residents and staff worked together, using the funds raised to return the property to livable conditions and support the group’s medical, dental and day to day needs. In the three months since their arrival in Tijuana, the residents of Safe Shelters have been able to recover from their journey in secure housing and take their next steps towards seeking asylum, with the assistance of our professional staff and volunteers.

During these months, SAFE SHELTERS Inc worked closely with official Mexican agencies to establish Casa de Luz as a legitimate shelter, eligible to become part of Tijuana’s larger social assistance network, with access to its shared resources. This crucial step involves conforming to the rules and regulations that govern shelters in Mexico. We were advised that shelter accreditation under Mexican law would not be feasible at Casa De Luz. Among other constraints, legal shelters in Mexico must navigate complex rules to house minors, and we are hoping to become a shelter that can include LGBTQ minors. In addition, the physical structure at Casa de Luz needs significant renovation and is not easily adapted to respond to future expansion.

Among the original 32 guests and the eventual NUMBER HERE residents who have sought refuge at Safe Shelter, only a handful remain. Most have followed thru with plans to make their claims of credible fear to US authorities, others have chosen to seek humanitarian visas and remain in Tijuana, and a few decided to leave Tijuana to go elsewhere in Mexico or return home. In early June, Safe Shelters shared with staff and residents that we will not be renewing our lease at Casa de Luz while we look for a site that can both meet the unmet needs of LGBT+ asylum seekers and comply with Mexican laws for shelters. With support from our local partners, we have and will continue to work successfully with any remaining residents who want to be relocated to another shelter.

In order to lessen the pervasive danger of being seized and deported from Mexico, and create a space safe from discrimination and violence, we seek to create the first shelter in Tijuana for LGBT+ minors and asylum seekers. Establishing such shelters is more vital than ever, as US and Mexican policies towards asylum seekers continue to become more restrictive.

In the coming weeks and months, Safe Shelters will identify sites and continue to work with our Mexican partners to develop programs that will provide comprehensive support to LGBT+ asylum seekers in the context of local laws and regulations. With your continued support, we look forward to working with you all to do our part to help LGBT asylum seekers who so need and deserve our help.

Thank you.
Safe Shelters, Inc
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