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In Moscow, Alexander Kargaltsev was beaten up by a group of men after arranging a date with a man through a popular website. It happened on a crowded street. No one helped him. “It’s a very common story,” Alexander says. “People are going backwards.”

I have been running Immigration Equality’s asylum program for five years. I hear stories like Alexander’s every day. The people who call us for help are scared, and without us, they won’t have a lawyer.

Through our LGBT Asylum Program, we represent more than 400 LGBT asylum seekers every year. Please make a donation of $52 to support our free legal services.

Our LGBT Asylum Program matches clients with lawyers at top law firms, for free. My job is to train and mentor these pro bono attorneys — I work closely with them throughout the process to make sure our clients and our attorneys have everything they need for success. Our own legal team handles the most difficult cases.

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For Alexander, winning asylum means that he is free to live openly as a gay man. As an artist, his beautiful work would be banned in Russia right now. “I can do much more for the gay movement there, from here,” Alexander said.

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