You can help an asylum seeker!
While the fates of many of those asking for asylum hang in limbo, we recently became aware of Roberto*, a young, gay man from Central America who is being held in detention near the Southern border. His application for asylum is in progress, but he badly needs help to be released from detention on bond and successfully complete his legal application.
Roberto* was forced to flee his home country because of threats against his life from local gangs. He managed to escape into Mexico, but was further pursued by predatory cartels, captured, beaten and tortured, and saw his partner killed in front of him. He ultimately escaped and was able to make his way to the Southern border and apply for asylum. He has been held in U.S. detention for many months. There is a strong possibility that, with your assistance, we can help him be released on bond and pursue his application for asylum while living with a host family here in Boise, Idaho. Can you make a donation to help Roberto* get through the asylum process?
*Alias used to protect asylum seeker's safety & identity
Who Are We?
A team of Immigrant Justice leaders at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (in Idaho) has worked for months to develop a program for hosting an asylum seeking family or person. We have brought together community organizations and built a comprehensive support program that will allow an asylum seeker to live safely while going through the legal hurdles of being granted asylum. Members of our team have volunteered to be legal sponsors and provide housing. We have built relationships with physical and mental health providers, language teachers, and employment counselors. And we have put together a group of volunteer drivers, interpreters, and general helpers. Our community wholeheartedly supports the rights of asylum seekers, and we are ready to help Roberto* when he arrives in Boise, Idaho.
Where Will Your Money Go?
Funds raised will first be used to Roberto's* legal fees. A bond (estimated between $7500 - $15000) must be paid to U.S. immigration to secure his release from detention. After his bond has been paid, funds will be used to cover the costs of immigration attorney fees to pursue his asylum application.
Any additional funds will help cover future expenses including health care, housing, transportation, food, and other necessities for Roberto* to make a successful transition to life in the U.S.
Our fellowship is committed to the ongoing support of asylum seekers in desperate need at the Southern border and in detention. Funds raised beyond Roberto's* needs will be used for potential additional asylum seekers and/or distributed to community and national partners working with asylum seekers.
If you would rather send a donation offline, you can mail a check to Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 Garrett, Boise, Idaho 83714 and write "Asylum Seekers" in the memo line.
Thanks to a generous challenge grant from Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility the first $2,000 we raised will be matched!
Thank You Gift - Rainbow Bird Art
Special thanks to artist, Alex Hubbell (https://www.alexhubbell.com), for donating the rainbow bird artwork used in our campaign logo. She has generously given us permission to use this piece as a thank you gift to all who donate $25 or more. We will email you a high quality copy of the image which you can print for yourself. For gifts of $50 or more, we will mail you a high quality 8 x 10 print.
Thank you for helping us support asylum-seekers in our community as they build safe, stable, joyful, and full lives here in Idaho!