Asylum and Border Services
War. Gangs. Pervasive harassment or discrimination. Corruption. Sexual violence. Humanitarian crises in countries worldwide force thousands of people to leave home in search of safety for themselves or their children. Many seek asylum in the United States.
In any major crisis, the toll is heaviest on our most vulnerable neighbors. The U.S.-Mexico border is no exception; women, children and people from marginalized communities arrive with urgent needs. They are in search of a warm place to sleep, good food to eat, a chance to bathe and somewhere to take a breath. That’s where CWS’s shelter partners come in. After people seeking asylum are released from U.S. custody, respite shelters welcome them with open arms. They meet all these needs and help guests call their loved ones to tell them that they are safe and finally free from detention. People seeking asylum usually spend a day or two at these shelters as they prepare to take their next steps.
Asylum seekers then reunite with their loved ones nationwide. CWS helps ensure that they have what they need, no matter where they choose to live. Timely and accurate information is critical to counter the rampant rumor mill. As they settle into their new communities, people seeking asylum can call our national hotline to ask any questions they may have. Our specialists connect them to legal and medical services as well as food banks and other resources. Our case managers offer in-depth support to asylum seekers in many cities, including Chicago, Houston, Jersey City, Miami and New York.
Everyone deserves the chance to live a peaceful life. We’re proud to team up with people seeking asylum throughout their journeys to help them achieve it.
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Ramona Finds Her Voice and The Opportunity for a Better Life
Note before reading: This story includes references to sexual assault and kidnapping. Like many Cubans, Ramona lived in her country under constant fear. She worked at a small restaurant to sustain her son and was silenced whenever she tried to express her thoughts about the government. “I was treated badly there because I didn’t agree with how things were done. …
Finding Strength and Pushing Forward: Anna’s Journey
In Cuba, when someone speaks out against the government they risk being ostracized by their neighbors, coworkers and friends. When her neighbors protested against the regime, however, Anna did not look down on them. Instead, she stepped in and defended them at the expense of her ability to live a calm life in Cuba. She shared, “I am seen poorly …
Reflections from the U.S.-Mexico Border in this time of Pandemic
One day back in the fall, I was watching as a new group of asylum seekers arrived at the shelter after being released from ICE detention. They came off the ICE bus with their heads hanging low, their few meager belongings clutched in their hands, their children clinging to their legs. They took a seat in the pews and their …
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