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We can help people seeking asylum in the U.S.

I am a hands-on person. I appreciate and support and sometimes participate with those who lobby, write letters, make phone calls, attend demonstrations, and raise their voices, but work that involves one-on-one connection is what really feeds me.

Community Asylum Seekers Project was formed by Steve Crofter and Laurel Greene to support asylum seekers, people whose lives in their homelands are so endangered that they are willing to give up all they know for the hope of living safely in a new land.

CASP provides basic needs and a supportive community for those in the process of seeking asylum.

I can find a host family. I can offer friendship. I can offer food and transportation. I can help to negotiate the different systems: legal, educational, medical, social services. I can speak a little Spanish. I can do this.

Currently, thousands are in immigration detention centers, and they will not be released until someone has offered to provide this support.

We can do this.

Francie Marbury

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Originally published in The Commons issue #463 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018). This story appeared on page D3.


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