HIV Law Project & Housing Works Launch New Asylum Project

The HIV Law Project collaborates with Housing Works to provide comprehensive services to advocates fleeing persecution from countries hostile to equality for LGBT and HIV-positive individuals. The Housing Works Asylum Project, as it’s known, provides housing, health care, legal support, financial support, volunteer work, job training, and employment to LGBT/HIV activists from Nigeria, Uganda, Jamaica, and other nations who seek sanctuary in the U.S. to escape imprisonment and violence for who they are and who they love. The Project began with two individuals from Nigeria, but has since blossomed into a program providing support for nearly two dozen applicants for asylum. HIV Law Project has assisted ten program participants with applications for asylum and located competent counsel for those who it does not represent. For more details about the provisions of the program, click here.

On September 26, 2014, the New York Times published a documentary photo essay featuring members of the Asylum Project, in which they discussed the impact of the project on their lives and the challenges of immigrating to the United States.

Immigration legal services are provided to the Housing Works Asylum Project by Supervising Attorney Cristina Velez and Legal Assistant Bernice Ayende, along with volunteer lawyers, law students, and fellows.

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