We help LGBT people escape state-sponsored violence.

Who We Help

Sami & Mehraj

When Sami and Mehraj met, it was love at first sight. But, living in Azerbaijan, safety and security eluded them. Because they are gay, they were kicked out of their apartment, feared arrest and torture and were attacked and severely beaten multiple times. For years, the couple tried to escape to a safe country. But, each time they could not get the right visas and were forced to return to Azerbaijan. In 2019, with the help of Rainbow Railroad, the couple was able to escape to Spain. Now finally safe, they are beginning to pick up the pieces of their lives. They are talking about getting married, having a family and indulging in the ordinary pleasures of life so long denied to them like singing and playing the piano.