For Central Americans, traveling toward the United States is difficult and dangerous. It’s why they have come together to form a caravan. Traveling as a large group has provided some safety for them. However, even this solution doesn’t protect one of the most vulnerable groups making it way to the US: the LGBTQ community. Recently, 80 or so LGBTQ people broke off into their own group because of abuse and harassment from fellow members of the caravan.

“In my country there is violence, a lack of work and opportunities,” said Loly Mendez, a 28-year-old who began transitioning while in El Salvador, according to NBC News. “In the caravan, there is also violence – against the LGBTQ community.”

They were victims of theft. They faced verbal harassment. And one time, a group of immigrants passed by on a truck and threw water, rinds, oranges, and more at them. This group had stuck together within the larger caravan, so that they could look out for each other.

Last week, a group of about 80 arrived in Tijuana. “Whenever we arrived at a stopping point, the LGBT community was the last to be taken into account in every way,” Honduras-born Carlos Mejia said at a press conference on November 11. “So our goal was to change that and say, ‘This time we are going to be first.'”

Texas-based Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) helped fund a part of this group’s journey toward Tijuana, helping them arrive weeks earlier than the rest of the caravan. But even as they have made it to a border town, they’re still under threat, they’re still vulnerable, and they still need our help. Below, check out three organizations you can donate to help the LGBTQ members of the caravan.



RAICES is helping the LGBTQ community with asylum claims. Donate here.


Al Otro lado

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Today five LGBTQ ️‍ couples of the Central American Exodus took their vows before God, on the steps of Enclave Caracol, united in marriage by Unitarian Universalist ministers who traveled to Tijuana to support the caravan. Today love wins. Again. Today the world saw that love cannot be stopped– not by governments, not by homophobia or transphobia, not by organized crime, and certainly not by any wall or borderline. Believe in love. Believe that love will carry these couples through the dark days ahead, and keep them strong and hopeful in immigration detention. Believe that one day the law will one day align itself to the right side of humanity. Believe in love. – Nicole Ramos (Project Director) #MigrarNoEsUnDelito #ElAmorSiempreGana #RefugeesWelcome

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Al Otro Lado is a US-based organization that provides legal services along he border.

Donate here.


The San Diego LGBT Center

The San Diego-based organization has provided support to the group since it arrived in Tijuana. Donate here.