Dear Friends,

A simple “thank you” seems inadequate, but it is what we can offer to all our frontline workers, many of whom are immigrants. This crisis has only deepened your commitment to serving our community, and I want to share an update on our continuing work.

SAFE has continued its partnership with Congregation Beth Simchat Torah and RUSA LGBT to offer legal options for asylum seekers.  Despite the slowdown, deadlines still exist, and many immigrants, including Sophia and Daniel, who are profiled below, still must submit their applications for asylum.

Confronted with the insecurities and uncertainties of this time, our community members have been asking for assistance with food, housing, unemployment, and benefits.  SAFE has been connecting them with resources.  Recently, SAFE held a housing forum to allow impacted individuals to ask questions of a housing attorney and tenant advocates.

In this unsure time, in which we have lost Lorena Borjas and many others, I am heartened by the response, including your generosity. 

Please consider donating to enable us to continue the very difficult work to come.

In safety and solidarity,

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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.

S.A.F.E. 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.”





(Congregation Beit Simchat Torah)

130 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001

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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)