Every year, EBSC provides legal assistance and psychological support to over 550 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries.
Since filing its first LGBTI asylum case in 2004, EBSC has helped over 2,400 LGBTI people receive asylum with a 99% success rate for adjudicated cases.
EBSC programs can be a lifeline for extremely isolated LGBTI asylum seekers, providing wellness resources and community support to begin to heal from trauma.
We also advocate for LGBTI rights and inclusion in the broader society through our Amplifying Sanctuary Voices storytelling project and civic engagement.
OLAS LGBT Sanctuary Project
EBSC serves as fiscal sponsor for OLAS, a unique community support program for LGBTI asylum seekers.
Facilitated by bilingual LGBT people of color and mental health professionals, OLAS workshops help to jumpstart a collective healing process through mental health support, stress reduction tools, community building, arts, and education; this helps people move forward in adapting to their new country and becoming fully engaged citizens.