OUR IMPACT

Over the past four years, via emergency response and community programs, Safe Place International has touched the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community around the world.

Over 400 LGBTQIA+ refugees are currently housed by Safe Place International between its 31 supported shelters.

7 countries where SPI is currently present. This includes Mexico, Guatemala, Turkey, Greece, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya.

31 shelters are funded and supported by Safe Place International around the world.

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Upcoming Events 

SPI Celebrates Pride Month 

SPI is operating 17 shelters directly and is supporting an additional 15 safe houses globally for LGBTQIA+  and other DMRs. We also provide emergency support to victims of GBV and provide medical and legal advocacy. SPI is a leader in research on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ refugees and has recently launched a comprehensive social/emotional learning and employment preparedness course called The Dream Academy. 

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Virtual Pride Fundraiser

Tue, Jun 29, 2021, 5:30 PM PDT

Join Safe Place International as we celebrate Pride Month in our mission to support members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette and Justin Hilton, our founder, will be hosting the virtual event to help raise funds for the community. Join us by registering below. 

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VIP Pride Celebration

Wed, Jun 30, 2021, 9:00 AM PDT

The celebration continues with our VIP Pride Celebration. Hosted by our community members, an intimate gathering for our supporters/donors to interact and celebrate resilience, generosity, authenticity, and compassion. Register now to save a seat because spots are limited.

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At Safe Place International, we believe that the survival of humanity is dependent on how we love and care for the most vulnerable among us. We envision a world where race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, and country of origin, no longer separate us.

Since 2017, Safe Place has been providing basic needs, housing, and sustainability to LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants in Greece, Turkey and worldwide.  

(L-R) Justin Hilton, Founder & Executive Director of Safe Place, with Alanis Morissette, without whose help and support Safe Place wouldn't be where it is today.   

Because we believe that stories and lives of doubly-marginalized migrants and refugees need to be heard, we support them in creating a pathway to a sustainable and fulfilled life that celebrates the unique qualities that each of their lives holds. We recognize the preciousness of each life as we  work to support  the  dignity and self actualization of the most marginalized members of the global refugee community. 

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Though global advocacy and direct aid initiatives combined with the incubation and ongoing support of grassroots efforts that directly serve  doubly marginalized refugees around the world, Safe Place International seeks to significantly  improve the individual and collective life experience and opportunities of the communities it serves. SPI strongly believes in  models that promote autonomy for small organizations and individuals while aggregating resources , best practices and general information that optimize results for those individuals and organizations.

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SPI has opened and operated over 20 shelters and assisted in the opening and operation of many more. SPI founded and provides ongoing  support to Safe Place Greece as well as many other grassroots organizations around the world. SPI also develops and supports educational, vocational and entrepreneurial  livelihood programs both independently and in partnership with Educational Institutions. SPI is actively involved in advocacy that creates recognition of the unique vulnerabilities of Doubly Marginalized Refugee

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We envision a world where race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, and country of origin, no longer separate us.

SPI’s core mission is to empower double-marginalized refugee/migrant communities via projects aimed at the provision of basic needs, such as food and shelter while enhancing long term sustainability and integration activities.

SPI enhances the need for community engagement and accountability by relying on the people we serve to drive the evolution of our programs through extensive feedback mechanisms, while quickly adapting to an ever-changing landscape of social, emotional, political, and health and safety challenges. We seek to create and sustain grassroots structures to address specific resource deficits such as food, housing, and education in doubly-marginalized communities by deploying a decentralized service methodology using volunteers and partnerships with donors, farmers, and other groups or organizations.