A Gift for the Newlyweds: Asylum!

Cake, Birthday, Bridal, Wedding, Fancy, Birthday CakeEarlier this month, a week after they were married here in New York City, Turkish clients of ours were granted asylum. In December the Refugee Translation Project provided an interpreter for their asylum interview. At the interview they presented 17 documents, which we translated for them free of charge. The interview went well, and a month later the US government issued the couple asylum status and work permits.

The couple both had to leave Turkey for political reasons. The groom’s father, a retired military officer and civil servant, was arrested following the 2016 coup attempt and spent eight months in prison. The father’s much longer sentence was later commuted to supervised release due to health reasons, but his five children were blacklisted. They cannot find employment and are in danger of being arrested.

Despite having a degree in a marketable field, the groom was unable to find work. His lawyer said it was too risky to stay in Turkey and advised him to leave. Luckily, he was able to come to New York last year on a student visa.

The bride first came to the US six years ago to learn English and attend college. Up until the coup attempt, she would travel back and forth between the US and Turkey. After the coup attempt, her family was banned from foreign travel and the places her parents worked were shut down. It is no longer safe for our client to return home.

Support from our donors helped fund the couple’s asylum application and the money we raised in our last campaign ($12,555!!!) will help many more people. Through the campaign we received a catalyzing donation of $8000 to help us develop the project. More than 25 people donated to the campaign, and their donations were matched by funds donated by a very generous donor.

Thank you so much everyone for your support. Our new campaign is here. We look forward to being in touch with more great news.

Asylum Granted!

IMG_5784We are thrilled to announce that in October 2019 another of our clients was granted asylum in the US!

With one parent jailed for political reasons and the other in hiding, our client came to the US two years ago on a student visa at the age of sixteen to escape prosecution. His asylum application approval comes less than a year after he graduated high school.

Thank you again to everyone who has contributed to our cause. Our 2019 Fall Fundraising Campaign is now live.

Good News as Summer Ends!

IMG_1590Four more clients of the Refugee Translation Project have been granted asylum in the United States!

With autumn around the corner, our Summer Fundraising Campaign is drawing to a close in 4 days! Please consider making a donation and reposting this far and wide.

Since we began in the spring of 2017, we have helped over 175 families and individuals from 8 countries by providing free translations of critical documents in Arabic, Turkish, and French.

This project has so far yielded at least 7 successful US asylum applications with many more still under review. We have also enabled the first step in dozens of relocation processes for adults and children with medical needs who are living in refugee camps and other unstable situations.

Due to the nature of this work and the confidentiality involved, it is difficult to follow up with the majority of the people we have helped. We will continue to post updates when we hear of our next successful case!

We would like to thank everyone who has donated their time and money to our project. None of this would be possible without your generous contributions.