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This World Refugee Day, Take a Moment to Listen to Their Stories

Date: June 20, 2017
Country: Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Type: Post
Issues: Asylum , International Advocacy , Migrant Rights

Among the world’s more than 22.5 million refugees are an estimated 2.8 million people seeking asylum. In the United States, asylum seekers can wait years for a hearing and even longer to reunite with their families. With no right to government-appointed counsel, adults and children alike face complicated legal proceedings alone.

Last year, The Advocates for Human Rights provided free legal assistance to nearly 1,000 refugees and their family members, including ongoing legal representation in more than 650 asylum cases. In addition, our National Asylum Help Line has connected more than 1,500 callers with legal help.

With the help of hundreds of volunteer attorneys, together with interpreters and community support volunteers, The Advocates helps protect refugees, reunite families, and ensure that no asylum seeker has to go it alone.

We commemorate World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017 by sharing some of our clients’ stories of courage and hope. Please take five minutes to listen to their stories. You can help us by sharing their truth.

Learn more about applying for asylum and The Advocates’ legal services here.