We Are Closed In Observance Of Juneteenth

 

The DC Center will be closed on June 19, 2020 in observance of Juneteenth

and

to support the #StrikeForBlackLives. #BlackLivesMatter

If you are facing a life threatening situation or seeking immediate care:

DC Mobile Crisis: 202-673-9300
DC Shelter Hotline: 202.399.7093 or 311
Maryland Mobile Crisis: 240-777-4000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ under 25: Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
LGBTQ National Help Center (all ages – various lines/hours): 888-843-4564 www.glbthotline.org

 

Center Global Assists LGBT Asylum Seekers During COVID-19 By Creating Virtual Community and Through Its COVID-19 Support Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it have upended the lives of many, especially those who already find themselves in precarious circumstances–like those of Center Global’s program participants, LGBT asylum seekers. Center Global has acted quickly in the past few weeks to provide additional social and financial support to its program participants through creating virtual community, engaging in individual outreach, and providing direct financial assistance. 

To tend to program participants’ social and community needs, Center Global began hosting weekly Zoom hangouts on Thursday nights. Hosted by Geoffrey Louden, Center Global’s Vice-Chair, the weekly hangouts are an opportunity for program participants to check in with each other and see how each other are handling some of the unique pressures arising from stay-at-home orders. Attendance has ranged from eight to ten people each week. Center Global will continue to hold these hangouts for the duration of the stay-at-home orders. Additionally, Center Global volunteers began calling program participants individually to check in with them about how they are doing and whether they need help being pointed to available resources or navigating those resources.

To help alleviate some of the financial pressures brought about by the response to COVID-19, Center Global decided to distribute approximately $7,500 to participants in need of urgent relief. Requests for assistance included things such as rent, groceries, co-payments for medical appointments, and transportation via safer alternatives to public transportation. While Center Global was not able to help all who applied, those who did receive assistance have expressed how much of an impact for the better the assistance has made. 

Center Global, a program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, provides a welcoming community for LGBT asylum seekers in the Washington, DC area. Center Global assists asylum seekers through providing food and transportation assistance, legal assessments and referrals, limited case management services, and hosting monthly community dinners. For more information about Center Global, please contact Geoffrey Louden, Vice-Chair, at geoffreyl@thedccenter.org.

Center Global Asylees Face Extraordinary Pandemic Threats

#queertranscaravan

Greetings,

Center Global participants live in a tenuous job, housing, and healthcare context. They are largely unqualified for federal supports during COVID-19, placing them in greater danger and despair.

Many have lost well-earned jobs and under increasing pressures to pay rent and living expenses as their work hours and job options evaporate in this pandemic economy.

On March 28th, Center Global and the DC Center launched the COVID-19 Emergency Support Program. We created it to a) establish a fund to assist with COVID-19-related expenses and b) reach out and check on our participants’ wellbeing. 

In less than a week, we received 25 applications with requests of over $16K for help with rent, medical expenses, food, and transportation.

We’ve been able to support approximately 60% of our immediate requests, realizing more will arrive as the virus’s impacts spread. Experts warn DC will be the next virus hot spot.

Now’s your chance to help!

Through our generous supporters and volunteers, we’ve been fortunate to cover some of our participants’ needs—yet there’s an urgent need to close the financial gap.

Online or By Mail

We welcome your contributions to the COVID-19 Support Fund. You can make a tax-deductible contribution by visiting https://donorbox.org/centerglobalOr you can send a check to: Center Global, 2000 14th St., NW., Suite 105, Washington, DC  20009 (please write “Center Global COVID-19” in the memo line).

 

With your help, we can guide our participants through this pandemic. To learn more about Center Global’s COVID-19 response, please email Geoffrey Louden, vice chair at geoffreyl@thedccenter.org.

 

Thank you and best wishes for your health and safety.

Tom Sommers, Geoffrey Louden, Don Driver

Executive Leadership Committee


Tom Sommers                                                                 Geoffrey Louden

DC Center – Closed Effective 3/16/20

Image of the Coronavirus and the works COVID-19

Taking guidance and recommendations about social distancing from the DC government and the CDC, effective Monday, March 16th, The DC Center for the LGBT Community’s office will be closed. Staff are still working remotely, and will be checking emails and voicemails multiple times each day. Please reach out to supportdesk@thedccenter.org to connect with the DC Center, as we are still able to provide services and support.

If you are interested in attending support groups remotely, please reach out to your facilitator or supportdesk@thedccenter.org and we can provide options for remote meetings using conference lines.

The situation is changing rapidly, please refer to the CDC’s website and coronavirus.dc.gov for up-to-date information on what you can do to help prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The DC Center team will be meeting regularly to assess the situation and rest assured that we will open as soon as it is safe to do so, as we know that many of our clients and participants are vulnerable and will need support. If you are able, please consider donating and supporting organizations that provide food, medicine, and other support to marginalized populations. 

 

If you are facing a life threatening situation or seeking immediate care:

DC Mobile Crisis: 202-673-9300
DC Shelter Hotline: 202.399.7093 or 311
Maryland Mobile Crisis: 240-777-4000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ under 25: Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
LGBTQ National Help Center (all ages – various lines/hours): 888-843-4564 www.glbthotline.org

 

UPDATE : DC LGBTQ Health and Wellness Festival

LGBTQ Health & Wellness Festival

*** Hello friends,
In order to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the DC Center is closed effective Monday, March 16th. To protect the health and safety of everyone we have decided to postpone our health and wellness festival, we will no longer have the event on March 28th , a new date will be decided in the future. Please consider how you can help delay the spread of coronavirus by consulting sites such as https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ for more information. ***

Due to unfortunate circumstances, we have been forced to reschedule our Wellness Expo. Join us on Saturday, March 28th for our first-ever DC LGBTQ Health and Wellness Expo.

Please click here for the updated event information, and if you have previously registered there’s no need to re-register. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions please email supportdesk@thedccenter.org.

How To Access A Free Sexual Assault Exam In DC

If you’ve been sexually assaulted in the last 96 hrs, go to MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) at any time 24/7/365.

To ask a nurse or an advocate your questions first or to receive a free Uber ride to the hospital, call the DC Victim Hotline @1-844-4HELPDC .


For evidence collection (“rape kit”), in case you decide to report to police, try to avoid:

Showering, urinating or having a bowel movement, eating/drinking or smoking, chewing gum, douching, brushing teeth or changing clothes.


Arrive to MWHC , emergency department and let them know you are there for a SANE exam

You will be checked out by an ER physician first. Expect to be at the hospital for an average of 4.5 hours. You will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered by a nurse and an advocate before the exam begins.


If needed, receive free HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention medications

The nurse and physician will run some lab tests to make  sure it is safe for you to take these meds. You will also have the opportunity to follow up for more meds if possible. Please note that if you believe you were exposed to HIV, you will need to arrive at MWHC  72 hours or before to get HIV prevention treatment known as PEP. PEP is only effective in stopping HIV when taken 72 hours after exposure.


Decide whether or not to report to law enforcement

It is 100% your decision whether to report to the police or not. Your kit will be held for a minimum of one year. You may request for MWHC to hold your kit longer but you may have the right to report any time within the statute of limitation.


Rest and track you kit

You can visit a website to track your kit. Your kit will only be sent to the crime lab for testing if you decide to report to law enforcement, but MWHC can send it for toxicology testing if you’d like regardless of your reporting decision.


Receive ongoing support and connection to resources

If you choose , the advocate will continue to support you in any way that you need and connect you to basic , education, legal, and / or social services.

 


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Call for Volunteer Attorneys for Center Global

Center Global Call for Volunteer Attorneys
Center Global is seeking attorneys who would be able and interested in taking on an asylum case pro bono.   Richard Kelley, coordinates legal program efforts for Center Global.  Richard would be able to mentor you through the process if you’ve never done an asylum case before.  If you are willing, we can use your effort.
If you are an attorney, and would be able and interested in taking on a case pro bono, please fill out this form.
Since 2012, Center Global has served 200 LGBT individuals from Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union countries and Russia seeking asylum in the United States. A program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, Center Global provides a welcoming environment to LGBTQI asylum seekers, and works to address individual legal and social needs

Center Global to be Honored by GLAA

GLAA to Honor Center Global

GLAA, one of the US’ oldest LGBTQ advocacy organizations, will honor Center Global, with its Distinguished Service Award during GLAA’s 48th Anniversary Reception on April 18, 2019. The GLAA cited Center Global for its unique support model, its aid to over 300 asylum seekers, and its creation of an LGBT-safe community. Center Global began in 2012 when Matt Corso and Eric Scharf co-founded the program, a part of the DC Center for the LGBT community. Tom Sommers, chair and Eric Scharf, vice-chair lead Center Global with the help of many volunteers and their time.

Find out more about the GLAA Awards Reception Here.

Center Global Award Nominations

Center Global Award Nominations

Center Global will be presenting two awards at its annual fundraising reception on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Room & Board in Logan Circle.

  • The Global Advocate Award is awarded to an individual or organization that has helped to advance global LGBT human rights and to support asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees in the United States
  • The Global Courage Award is awarded to an individual asylum seeker, asylee, or refugee who, while in the diaspora, has worked to support the cause of global LGBT human rights and supported their fellow immigrants in the US.

Please submit the name of the individual or organization whose work you believe is deserving of the Global Advocate Award and/or theGlobal Courage Award using the link below. Please include a brief explanation of the reasons why you believe the individual or organization deserves the award(s).

Please submit your nominations by April 1, 2019.  Nomination Form for Center Global Awards

Center Global Volunteer Opportunities

Center Global: Help LGBT Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Benefits of Sharing Your Expertise

Sharing your talents with Center Global and our program participants/asylum seekers is a chance to learn about your LGBTQI peers from areas including: Africa, Latin America, West Indies, the MENA Region, Eastern Europe, Russia and Southeast Asia. You’ll experience a diversity of cultures and customs while gaining life-altering experiences and meeting new Center Global folks.

There are multiple ways and time commitments for which you can volunteer – share your skills in as much or little time as you prefer.

Volunteering Categories:

  • Volunteer Coordination/Committee
  • Administrative Support
  • Fundraising
  • Media/Marketing/Communication
  • Programming
  • Legal Consultation
  • Housing Support
  • Community Outreach and Education

Each role includes coordinating with a Center Global leader to plan and execute each area.

Areas starting below in rank order of priority:

Volunteer Coordinator/Committee

Seeking an individual or committee to follow up with volunteer “leads,” track them in a volunteer database and ultimately match them to Center Global projects. We get one-five volunteer requests per month via our website and community outreach efforts. We can rely on the volunteer database to provide support during events, e.g., the monthly support dinner, annual reception/fundraising events and ad-hoc community outreach activities.

Administrative Support

Provide administrative support and liaison between the Center Global leadership and the DC Center staff in maintaining program participants’ files, scheduling meetings/events and support to program participants. This position requires working some regular hours at the DC Center.

Community Outreach and Education

Center Global’s mission also includes engaging the local community to raise awareness of international human rights transgressions for the LGBTQ asylum community.

We receive invitations to speak to community/faith groups and business organizations about Center Global’s work. We also conduct an Asylum 101 session to give volunteers an overview of the asylum-seekers’ process and challenges; plus we coordinate and sponsor a panel discussions to address the broader social issues impacting our asylum seekers – these are open to the larger DC community, not just volunteers.

There are opportunities to help organize, coordinate and lead both the Asylum 101 and the Panel Discussion/Town Hall format.

Fundraising

Center Global is funded by individuals’, community organizations’/faith communities’ and private businesses’ contributions. You can assist in building support for Center Global via:

  • A planning committee for the May 2019 Annual Reception at Room & Board on May 9th. We need an individual to lead this planning effort.
  • Working with our Grants Team to identify potential grant making organizations and prepare appropriate proposals
  • Design and implement a program for individual gift solicitation throughout the year.
  • Coordinate with Center Global partners to plan and execute marketing or fund-raising activities (i.e., a book-signing event).

Programming

Our Center Global community of LGBTQ asylum seekers is a hallmark of our organization. We help our participants to socialize, meet and work with one another in their new DC home.

We need volunteers who can:

  • Liaise with community, corporate sponsors, and faith leaders to plan topics and execute topics for the monthly Program Meeting that informs and educates our volunteer pool.
  • Develop community resource materials that help to educate program participants about their adjustment to life in America and living in the region.
  • Create a mentoring program to work one-on-one with individuals as they assimilate to their new life in the United States.

Media/Marketing/Communication

Coordinate with Center Global leadership to reach out to DC-regional and LGBTQ-focused media contacts to raise awareness of Center Global and the issues faced by LGBTQ asylum seekers.

  • Write or co-author articles for the media
  • Craft marketing content for the CG website
  • Develop content for our social-media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

For More Information

For more information about these volunteer opportunities, please e-mail centerglobal@thedccenter.org.