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Helping asylum seekers find safety and feel welcome
From entry to integration, LIRS walks with asylum seekers as they find a new place to call home.
Unspeakable violence, extreme persecution, and the severe impacts of climate change are forcing families from around the world to flee their homes in record numbers.
From El Salvador and Ukraine to Afghanistan, Haiti, Venezuela and beyond, families embark on long and dangerous journeys to seek protection in the U.S. because they have no other choice.
Once they arrive, however, they are often on their own to find community, pursue their protection claims, and begin to heal from their trauma. Refugee families resettling in the U.S. benefit from a robust system that is national in scale, local in approach, and helps ensure a long and warm welcome. In contrast, people seeking protection via asylum or parole are often left unable to access the critical services and assistance they need. The children and adults who have sought safety via asylum or humanitarian parole face a U.S. immigration system that is ill-equipped to help them.
At LIRS, we believe everyone—regardless of status—should be welcomed with dignity and open arms. Our asylum services seek to meet that need.
LIRS Welcome Centers ensure that asylum seekers have access to local services and support through protection-centered and trauma-informed case management services.Learn More
The LIRS asylum services network provides 72-hour respite services to immigrants after crossing the southern border. Providing myriad services from short-term shelter, hot meals and showers, through to supplies for the journey, and referrals to community service providers in their final destination.
LIRS empowers congregations, community groups and individual volunteers to launch and grow detention visitation ministries through resource development, training opportunities, and more.Learn More
"They killed innocent people for thinking differently."
Pedro* fled to the United States to escape persecution for speaking out against his home country's government. The former physics and economics professor now makes a living selling his art on the street.