WAISN/LGBTQ Immigrant & Refugee Coalition Sponsorship Interest Form
Everyday more LGBTQ asylum seekers are presenting themselves at our border seeking safety and protection. Many more are being caught up in the deportation machine right here in Washington state, and ending up at the Northwest Detention Center. Chances to be released on bond, while pursuing an asylum case, increase with sponsorship. And, detention centers -- inhumane for all -- are particularly dangerous for LGBTQ individuals.

WAISN is seeking potential sponsors to support LGBTQ+ immigrants as they seek asylum. Sponsors households:
- Provide a home for one or more asylum seeker while they wait for their asylum case to be processed
- Receive mail on behalf of the asylum seeker to make sure that they keep up on court dates and legal proceedings
- Provide food, shelter, clothing and other necessities
- Provide support in connecting an asylum seeker with legal services, medical care, and community
- Are willing to connect with other sponsors and asylum seekers to help create a network of support

Thinking about opening your home to a stranger may be a difficult decision. Here is some additional information to learn more about the need and whether you might become a sponsor--

- An in-depth story from the San Diego Union-Tribune about Trans women fleeing violence - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km5Yc9LuRsg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3n1xRjU6uFSkyvtHkLBQLTwPaXCbcjFyfqdyvey-mK6mUiw0urGkgD024
- A CBS news update about several Trans women that recently won their cases - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lgbt-rights-ten-lgbt-asylum-seekers-are-winning-theirimmigration-cases-after-months-of-violence-and-discrimination/

Have the above stories piqued your interest in possibly becoming a sponsor? If so, use the following form as a guide to discuss possible sponsorship with others in your household. And please know that you will not be in this alone; the LGBTQ Immigrant & Refugee Coalition is a group of individuals and organizations in Washington who are building a local network to ensure that the new community members arriving here are welcomed with resources and peer support. You have the opportunity to be a part of that network--we really hope you'll join us!

Next step, if you are indeed interested -- Complete and submit the form. We'll be in touch!
Email address *
First and Last Name *
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Phone Number *
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Where did you hear about us? If you were referred by someone, please list their name here. *
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What city do you live in? If you live in Seattle, please specify the neighborhood. *
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What is your zip code? *
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How many people might you be willing to host? *
Please identify type of space you have available. *
Briefly describe your living environment and the space you have available (i.e. describe the space available to the individual; access to shared space; amenities; separate entrance) *
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How many months would you be able to host? (6+ months preferred) *
Please indicate when you would be able to start hosting. *
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Do you or any member of your household speak Spanish? *
If you or a member of your household speaks Spanish, what is the level of proficiency?
Do you or a member of your household speak other languages? If so, indicate which languages, level of fluency and who in the household speaks the language(s).
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How many individuals live in your household? Please provide the number and, if there are children, list ages. *
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This question is optional, but helpful for us in making an ideal match between sponsors and asylum seekers. A handful of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers indicate that they feel uncomfortable and would not like to be placed in a household with a cisgender man. Could your household be a good fit in this situation?
Do you have any pets? *
If you answered "yes" above, please list what pets/how many.
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Does anyone in your household smoke?
Do you have access to reliable transportation? *
Please indicate public transportation options near your home (bus; access to light rail) *
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List any dietary restrictions that might impact someone living in your home (severe allergies; only vegan or vegetarian; kosher kitchen). *
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What is your experience working with, supporting, or identifying with immigrant communities? *
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What is your experience working with, supporting, or identifying with LGBTQ+ communities? *
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What is your experience working with individuals with histories of trauma and/or providing trauma-informed care/support? *
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Is there anything else that is important to know about you or your household? *
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