There were 2 million asylum applications submitted around the globe last year according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. New applications submitted in the U.S. were just shy of 173,000 -- a 42 percent increase from the year before. Clearly there is a need for places like Freedom House in Detroit, a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the U.S. and Canada. Their mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, providing safety for those "yearning to breathe free."
October 20 / Pride Source