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Asylum and the outlook for Kentucky refugees

The current issues that refugees face when arriving to the United States can seem endless, as many Americans do not consider the country responsible for taking in foreign families experiencing danger and distress in their own countries. Fortunately, Kentucky is one of the leading states accepting refugees in search of better lives. The process of asylum arrangements, however, can be extremely complex.

What is the Convention Against Torture?

If you are currently living in Kentucky, but fled your country of origin because you were persecuted, you may not be aware of the United Nations Convention Against Torture. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has stated that the United States may not deport you to any country where you likely will be subjected to torture.

Am I eligible for Temporary Protected Status?

If you have been living in the United States for any length of time and are afraid to return to your own country, you may wonder what options are available to you. Depending on your country of origin and the date on which you arrived in this country, you may be eligible for temporary protected status, which is a humanitarian program allowing individuals to remain in the United States until circumstances in their own countries are safer.

The benefits of being granted asylum in the United States

Regardless of the reasons that brought you to Kentucky, if returning to your home country could compromise your safety, the circumstances could be such that you are granted asylum. This allows you to stay in the United States to protect you from the threat of persecution based on factors such as your political opinions, race or religion. We at the Vickerstaff Law Office have counseled many clients about the advantages of being granted asylum.

Kentucky faith leaders urge acceptance of refugees

Dozens of faith leaders from Kentucky are among the thousands of signatories of a letter to the government, demanding support for refugee resettlement. Drafted by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, the letter asks the Trump Administration to acknowledge the "urgent moral responsibility to receive refugees and asylum seekers who are in dire need of safety."