Asylum Assistance - Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the nation’s largest community-based provider of LGBT-related legal services, supported by a team of staff and volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and interns.

We serve the legal needs of all LGBT people with a special focus on survivors of violence, undocumented immigrants, and transgender people. We also provide workshops, trainings, and technical assistance for institutions and service providers.

All of our services are provided in English or Spanish.

Asylum Assistance

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If you’ve been tortured or persecuted in your home country because of your LGBT identity, we can help.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Immigration Law Project helps stabilize the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who have survived persecution in their home countries because of their LGBT identity.

We may be able to help you if you fear harm in your country because you’re LGBT and you entered the United States in the past year or have a case before the Immigration Court.

Note: Our Legal Clinic assists people with other immigration-related issues such as permanent residency, work permits, etc.

Services include:

  • Assistance preparing applications for asylum, withholding of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT)
  • Assistance with garnering supporting documents for applications, including country conditions
  • Assistance preparing applications for employment authorization (“work permits”) for persons granted asylum, withholding of removal, and CAT
  • Consultations with immigration attorneys
  • Referrals to mental health services for survivors of persecution and torture.

Department Phone Number: 323-993-7670


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