- Select your language and “Other / Travel Support” as your country
- See the “Online Emotional Support” section for a list of organizations who offer LGBTQ+ people emotional and psychological support online
- Scroll down the page to the “Home Country Support” section and select your region from the dropdown menu to view local LGBTQ-friendly organizations near you
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I NEED TRAVEL SUPPORT TO HELP ME LEAVE MY DANGEROUS COUNTRY. CAN YOU HELP ME?
AsylumConnect cannot provide travel support or help obtaining travel visas. Please visit our international resource page for organizations who may be able to assist you in reaching safety.
I AM PLANNING TO RESETTLE IN THE UNITED STATES OR CANADA. CAN I USE ASYLUMCONNECT TO PLAN AHEAD?
Yes, if you are planning to resettle in the United States or Canada you can use AsylumConnect’s free resource website and app to plan ahead. Visit our free resource catalog to begin searching for safe services in your new home. Sign up for a free user account to easily save your resource lists for later.
How To Seek LGBTQ+ Asylum
WHAT IS THE UNITED STATES' 'THIRD COUNTRY' ASYLUM RULE?
Latest update: On September 11, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily lifted a lower court’s block to allow for the Trump administration to begin denying asylum requests from people at all points along the southern border who have traveled through Mexico or another country without seeking protection there. Asylum seekers must pass an initial screening called a “credible fear” interview. Under this policy, asylum seekers will fail this initial screening if they cannot show they already requested asylum in at least one country they traveled through and were denied. Failing would result in being put in fast-track deportation proceedings. The American Civil Liberties Union is continuing to challenge the Trump Administration’s asylum policy in court.
Under a new ‘third country’ rule, which went into effect on July 16, 2019, individuals entering the U.S. across the southern U.S. land border will now be ineligible for asylum if they passed through another country first and did not attempt to seek asylum there before moving to the U.S. border, regardless of whether they had access to effective international protection in those transit countries.
This rule effectively limits asylum protections to Mexican nationals and nationals of other countries who cross the United States’ border by direct air or sea travel.
The new rule includes the following exceptions: If an individual has been trafficked, has applied for protection in a prior country and was denied, or has passed through a country that is not a signatory to the primary international treaties governing refugees.
Civil rights groups have filed two lawsuits challenging these new asylum restrictions.
WHAT IS THE UNITED STATES' ‘SAFE THIRD COUNTRY’ ASYLUM AGREEMENT WITH GUATEMALA?
- Under an agreement announced on July 26th, 2019, asylum seekers who travel through Guatemala on their way to the United States will be returned to Guatemala and forced to seek protection there. Before this policy, those seeking asylum from violence or persecution in their home countries were allowed to remain in the U.S. while a judge hears their case.
This policy largely blocks Salvadorans and Hondurans from receiving asylum in the United States, and large numbers of asylum seekers from around the world who travel by land to the U.S. border after flying to South America. Instead, only Mexicans and Guatemalans would be able to seek protection at the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to a copy released by the Guatemalan government, the agreement would not apply to children who arrive at the border alone and would remain in effect for two years.
The agreement went into effect in November 2019, beginning with the removal of migrants in El Paso, and has expanded to the Rio Grande Valley.
More than 600 asylum seekers have been sent back to Guatemala under this new policy
WHAT IS THE UNITED STATES' ASYLUM AGREEMENT WITH EL SALVADOR?
Under an agreement announced on September 20th, 2019, asylum seekers who travel through El Salvador on their way to the United States could be returned to El Salvador to seek protection there.
This could block Nicaraguans, Hondurans, Cubans, and other third country nationals from receiving asylum in the United States, including asylum seekers from around the world who travel by land to the U.S. border after flying to South America. Instead, only Mexicans, El Salvadorans, and Guatemalans (according to the “Safe Third Country” agreement Guatemala signed with the U.S. in July) would be able to seek protection at the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to Homeland Security officials, the agreement will be implemented gradually to avoid overwhelming Central American nations that until now have typically received few asylum applications from those fleeing persecution.