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Dignity, respect, and protection for immigrants seeking asylum in Arizona




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Welcome to the Asylum Program of Arizona (APA), where every contribution makes a difference in the lives of asylum seekers and torture survivors.

OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE: to provide legal protection with dignity and respect. Join us in upholding human rights and offering a safe haven to those fleeing persecution in pursuit of safety and freedom.




All of our members generously volunteer their time and expertise, embodying our commitment to compassion and solidarity with those in need.

We are one of the only nonprofit organizations in Arizona dedicated to assisting non-detained asylum seekers.

With extensive connections to immigration attorneys across the state, we help ensure comprehensive support to our clients throughout their legal journey.

We coordinate with other community partners to provide essential services such as housing & mental health assistance to support our clients' asylum claims.

We negotiate free or reduced attorney fees for our clients’ cases.

We carefully screen candidates with the help of asylum experts, ensuring that all funds go toward factually and legally viable claims.

We keep our overhead costs extremely low, ensuring that essentially all donations directly support those in need.

Through partnerships with organizations like the International Rescue Committee, we extend our reach to offer comprehensive support, including housing and mental health assistance.

Our volunteer services ensure that every dollar goes further.


As one of the only providers of free or low-cost legal services to non-detained asylum seekers in Arizona, APA operates with extremely low overhead. This means nearly all funds directly assist those in need.


Success Stories

“Ana’s” Journey

DV Survivor Beats Odd and Wins Asylum

For over a decade, “Ana” had weathered a storm of violence unleashed by her husband’s cruel hands. The scars of his brutality marred her body and soul, as he held a knife to her throat, shattered her against furniture, and dragged…

“Jorge’s” Journey

APA Helps Nicaraguan Family Win Asylum

Afraid that “Jorge” might suffer the same fate as fellow protestors who had been imprisoned and beaten or “disappeared,” the couple decided to flee to the U.S. with their two-year-old daughter.



is an investment in humanity

is an investment in humanity

By giving, you’re not only helping asylum seekers and torture survivors, but also unlocking significant tax benefits—up to $421 for individuals and $841 for couples filing jointly through the Arizona Charitable State Tax Credit.

Change lives and save on taxes—join us today.


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Who Do We Serve?

Our services are open to protection seekers from anywhere in the world. Most come from Central America, but many also come from Mexico and various countries in South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

More than half are women, most of whom fled with their minor children.

Who Qualifies for Asylum?̥

Immigrants who have been persecuted in their home countries — or who can prove a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion – may qualify for asylum.  With few exceptions, asylum seekers are required to apply within one year of entering the U.S. The spouse and minor children accompanying the applicant will typically also qualify for protection.

In recent years, government directives have dramatically restricted the grounds on which protection seekers may qualify for asylum and made it harder to apply. Thus, access to legal assistance is even more necessary.

Who Qualifies for CAT (Convention Against Torture)?

To qualify for protection under the Convention Against Torture, the applicant must show that it is more likely than not that she or he will be tortured if deported. The applicant must also show that the harm he or she fears meets the definition of torture under CAT, which requires severe harm or suffering.  The definition also requires that the torture would be inflicted by the government of the country the person is fleeing, or that the government would turn a blind eye to it.

While CAT can protect a person who is unable to show that he or she will be persecuted due to one of the grounds required for asylum, the protection is only for the applicant and not for his or her spouse or children. 

How does APA select and match clients with immigration lawyers?

APA conducts interviews with clients to assess their needs and circumstances. Based on this information, we match them with experienced immigration lawyers who can best represent their interests.

Does APA cover all legal expenses for clients?

APA covers attorney fees for clients who cannot afford legal representation through our generous donors. We negotiate reduced fees with attorneys and share costs with clients based on their financial circumstances.

How does APA ensure transparency and accountability in its operations?

We regularly update donors and stakeholders on our programs and finances, and our organization operates in compliance with legal and ethical standards.


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