Trans Asylum Seekers in C'ville

$8,267 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 114 people in 6 months
Created July 30, 2018
Support the six trans women asylum seekers who were just released from detention and are now living in Charlottesville!

Most of us are outraged by the human rights violations that are happening at the border. Children are being ripped from parents and asylum seekers are being treated harshly and unlawfully. The good news is that six trans women have been granted asylum parole and just arrived to live with us in Charlottesville while they proceed through the immigration courts.

We are thrilled to host these chicas! And we also need significant financial assistance. We want the chicas to have all of the support they need and deserve. When taking into account lawyer fees, transportation costs, food and bills support for host households, cell phones to contact their loved ones, and general living costs, we estimate it will cost $8,000 for one chica for 6 months.

Please help us support these six courageous women! 

To learn more about what these women have faced while in detention, read this article by their lawyer: Working with Trans Immigrants in the Shadows of a National Crisis 
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Hey friends! Thanks so much for your generous support. It's been a whirlwind with the chicas, but a beautiful whirlwind! They have expressed much gratitude and joy for the support they've received in Charlottesville. Some of them feel safe for the first time in their lives.

We continue to figure out how to best support their needs and create community. Some of the chicas have a desire to live in a bigger city, where they will have the ability to be more independent and access more resources. Two chicas recently moved to Denver, Colorado!

Please continue to share the fundraiser! Your contributions have allowed us to support these courageous women with their basic needs. It looks likely that their immigration cases may last upward of two years, so we will need continued support.

Much love!

B
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Apparently GoFundMe wants to make sure we're not tricking everyone and taking your money to buy lots of ice cream (because duh that's what I would use it for). I'm supposed to tell you:

1. How I am related to the beneficiary: The beneficiaries are living in my home and the home of my friends.

2. I am withdrawing the funds in my name: The funds go into my bank account. Because duh, the chicas can't open bank accounts yet and we are handling all of their expenses.

3. How exactly I will be delivering the funds to my beneficiary or using the money on their behalf: The funds are kept in a separate account and hosts are reimbursed for all chica expenses.

Thanks and love for all of your support! Keep sharing this page.

Love,

B
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Thanks so much for the support! We are incredibly grateful and hope you will continue to spread the word.

All six chicas are here in C'ville and beginning to settle in. We've gone shopping together for clothes and necessities and have spent time getting to know each other. We're in the process of making health care appointments and connecting with lawyers.

We're having fun singing along to Lady Gaga and figuring out how to communicate with one another!

Much love - B
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Created July 30, 2018
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