Amilcar and Alexi’s Story

by: Amilcar and Alexi, Salvadoran asylum seekers

“Hello, we are Amilcar and Alexi, two gay men.

To save our lives from the discrimination and death threats by the MS 13 gang, we left our native country, El Salvador, on November 25, 2018, heading to the United States. After we left, we were kidnapped and trafficked in Mexico but at the end of so much suffering, we arrived on November 9, 2019 at the Jardin de las Mariposas sanctuary in Tijuana, where we awaited our process to enter the US on January 28 of this year.

We spent three months and twelve days in detention where we also suffered from the discrimination of the officers and managers but finally the day came when we could once again see the light of the stars and finally be happy as a couple. We are so grateful to each of the organizations such as Transgender Law Center, Jardin de las Mariposas, Minority Humanitarian Foundation, and Miles4Migrants who helped us with our flight. Every person who helped us, who were there always waiting to ensure that we would not fail.

Thanks, a thousand thanks from the bottom of our hearts.”

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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