Since an attempted coup against Turkey’s President Erdoğan in July, thousands have been arrested and imprisoned. The lucky ones have managed to flee the country amid the chaos.
In the meantime, while they hope that democracy will eventually return to their homeland, many displaced citizens of Turkey are seeking asylum in the United States.
Residents of Irvine, California -- home to a large Turkish American population – are stepping up to help. Over 45 local families have signed up to host asylum seekers as they make the transition to life in the United States.