S.A.F.E. seeks to empower immigrants and vulnerable populations who have been marginalized due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and other factors to reach their fullest potential by providing humanitarian assistance while fostering understanding and cooperation among diverse communities.

SAFE identifies and then collaborates with recent immigrants who would like to further their personals goals (e.g., achieving legal immigration status, finding a job, accessing healthcare, etc.) while giving back to the community.  SAFE views each individual holistically and as an agent in their own empowerment rather than as a “case.”

SAFE conducts a monthly legal clinic, during which we meet with people on a walk-in basis and seek to answer questions regarding immigration status and options, including court and application preparation. 

Are you a recent immigrant to the United States or asylum seeker? Are you a native New Yorker interested in providing support and assistance to a recent immigrant or asylum seeker? Our mentorship program pairs mentees with mentors who can offer a lending hand navigating daily life, whether immigration-based needs, employment guidance, or general interests.

All contributions to S.A.F.E. are eligible for IRS 501(c) non-profit tax deduction. Donate using Paypal, or using the Donately form below (which allows for recurring donations)


(Congregation Beit Simchat Torah)

130 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001

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Dear Friends,

The relentless attacks on immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities sadly continue, and that is why elevating the voices of dissent is so important.

Over the past few months, SAFE has been meeting the challenge.  In June, we had boisterously joyous contingents at several Prides. In July and August, the Mentorship Program fully launched with a training of mentors and matching them with mentees.  Throughout this entire time, we have been focusing on increasing the reach of our legal assistance program by teaming up with Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and the New Sanctuary Coalition.  

This fall, we hope you join us for one of the exciting events coming up, detailed below: a Concert to Benefit SAFE at St. John’s in the Village and a drag queen show co-sponsored by RUSA LGBT at a venue soon to be announced. 

Finally, thanks to an anonymous donor, SAFE will receive up to $2,500 for every dollar raised before the end of this year.  Help us reach our goal by donating today.

In safety and solidarity,


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