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Meet Our Clients

An asylum seeker is a person who has fled persecution in their home country and applies for refugee status from the safety of the United States. The asylum legal process typically lasts between 3-6 years. Many asylum seekers arrive with children and nearly all have suffered physical and/ or mental harm in their home country.

Meet Abu from Ethiopia

Meet Asuquo from Nigeria

AsylumWorks serves asylum seekers from over 40 countries around the world now living in the D.C. Metro region. Our clients include people from all ages, occupations and walks of life. Our clients were individually persecuted in their country of origin because of their desire to have the same rights and freedoms Americans enjoy: democratic governance, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government among others. Many of our clients are advocates for the rights of women, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ people.

Masimba Got a Great Job

Masimba was visiting the United States for an engineering conference when his secret relationship with another man back home in Zimbabwe was discovered.  Right away he started getting death threats by phone, email and social media from his own family and friends, as...

Franck Healed from Trauma

Franc fled Cameroon when his work for an anti-corruption organization suddenly made him a political target. On three separate occasions, secret police arrested Franc, detained him, and threatened his life. After his third arrest, the police said they were coming for...

Norma met New Friends

Norma, a beloved elementary school principal for 25 years, fled El Salvador after she confronted the leader of a powerful local gang that was trying to recruit students from her school to join his gang. The very next day, a man riding in a car sprayed gunfire into...