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Phoenix Responds

As migrants flee growing violence and poverty, we face an unprecedented moment in our community’s history. Setting aside the complexity of this global migration challenge, Phoenix is responding to the immediate humanitarian needs of our neighbors—people who have been granted legal temporary asylum by Homeland Security. Seeking asylum is a legal process under U.S. law. Through the mobilization efforts of impassioned volunteers, a local network formed to help alleviate suffering and extend dignity.

Since late 2018, the number of asylum-seekers released from detention in Phoenix has challenged the capacity of myriad faith communities and nonprofits as they work to provide support and still meet their missions. As such, organizations and individuals from throughout Maricopa County came together to strengthen our community’s response. These efforts include the opening of a centralized Welcome Center for Asylum-Seeking Families. The Welcome Center, operated by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), provides comprehensive and coordinated services to provide temporary assistance for migrant families, and augments the extensive network of churches throughout the county. Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is proud to help build a community that is equipped to respond to neighbors in need and is pleased to support IRC and its expertise helping migrant families to refuge and safety.

Learn More/How to Help

  • Listen to KJZZ 91.5FM/Fronteras Desk—Tracing the Migrant Journey. To help foster understanding and civil discourse, KJZZ reporters are reporting in real time as they travel alongside people on their journeys to refuge. Hear the broadcast at 91.5 FM or online at:
  • Follow KJZZ reporters on Twitter with hashtag: #MigrantJourney
  • Learn more about asylum-seekers and supports underway at:
  • Share what you are doing to help on social media with hashtag #PhoenixResponds