A Father and Son’s Journey from Honduras to the U.S.

by: The father, an Honduran asylum seeker

“We left Honduras the last week in July 2019. When we approached to the port of entry they sent us back to Mexico, I had no idea why, no one explained why we had to go back to an area that we do not feel safe or have any one to help us.

We had to leave our country after my wife’s family started to be harassed by the Maras. We knew who they were and what they wanted after my brother in law started to build his home, the gang knew they have some money. They did not hesitate to ask for money or pay the consequences. Unfortunately for all, my wife was visiting his sister when gang members arrived. She had heart condition and she was not able to survive the stress situation that she was exposed. We went to the authorities but no help was given as the gangs are colluded with the local police.

My son and I were received at the port of entry on February 6, 2020 and been already in 3 different detention centers. My son has the same heart condition as my wife. I told this to every officer I have seen, but no one has done anything to treat my son, his heart is full of energy and hope now that we are going to be able to arrive to our final destination and continue our request in a safe area.

Thank you for giving us this opportunity in a new place.”

How Miles4Migrants helps

We collaborate with a network of global non-governmental organization (NGO) partners who work directly with refugees and migrants to identify and verify individuals who are financially unable to afford air travel. Once our partners submit flight requests, we use donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and cash to eliminate transportation barriers for the most vulnerable individuals affected by war, persecution, or climate disaster. Our goal is to help these individuals reunite with their loved ones and start a new life in a safe environment.

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– According to the United Nations, there are currently 108 million individuals forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide.  

– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to life and liberty. Everyone has the right to freedom from fear. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.

As migration is often the last option for survival, migrants may embark on clandestine journeys, subject to danger, extortion, and inhumane conditions

Once they finally get legal approval for resettlement, migrants face another challenge that makes the journey seem impossible: the transportation costs.

There are many ways for you to get involved and help us continue our work:

You can donate cash to help us cover operational expenses or contribute your unused air miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers to help us book flights for refugees and asylum seekers. Additionally, you can help us spread the word about our cause and our impact on the lives of those we serve.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, has the power to make a difference. Thank you for considering supporting our mission.

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