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Massachusetts Church Opens Safe Haven for LGBTQ+ Asylum-Seekers

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Associated Press.“I don’t even have the words,” Alain Spyke, 26, who fled Jamaica after he was threatened by a local gang for being gay, said. “To come into this country and have a safe space to escape all the hardships and trauma?

Not everyone has that opportunity.”The church’s LGBT Asylum Task Force ministry had previously housed asylum-seekers in rented apartments.

However, as the program has grown, it’s become more challenging to coordinate such an endeavor, according to the ministry’s director, Al Green.The program also provides asylum-seekers with a $500 a month stipend until they can receive work authorization.

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