In countries all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) people still live in basic fear for their freedom, their safety and their lives. They often have nowhere to turn because their government and police not only tolerate but encourage this brutality. Rainbow Railroad exists to help these people get out of danger to somewhere safe. In the spirit of the Underground Railroad, the mission of Rainbow Railroad is to help LGBT people as they seek a safe-haven from state-enabled violence, murder or persecution. Through donations from people like you, American Friends of Rainbow Railroad, Inc. provides funds to help Rainbow Railroad provide information and financial support to help LGBT individuals travel to places where they can live their lives in safety.
A donation to American Friends of Rainbow Railroad, Inc. has a tangible and immediate impact that will help save someone's life.
The individuals we support through Rainbow Railroad are are in crisis. They fear violence from their families, their community, and their own governments. Rainbow Railroad helps them develop a plan to get to safety and helps cover their travel costs. This can include funds to cover the cost of travel documents, airfare, and basic needs while individuals are in hiding or preparing to leave to a safer country.
All American Friends of Rainbow Railroad donors will receive a US tax receipt as long as you provide your full mailing address at the time of donation. If you are planning on making a significant donation of $1000 or more, please contact us at email@example.com
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Joel is the Managing Partner of Flanzbaum & Cohen, LLC and has been practicing law specializing in Real Estate, Wills, Trusts and Commercial Transactions since 1985 in New Jersey. He is a Member, Trustee and Treasurer of the Somerset County Bar Association and also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Property Committee and past Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. Joel is a member of the American Bar Association, Real Property Section, and former Investigator for the Supreme Court of New Jersey Ethics Committee. He is Past President and was a Trustee of the Watchung/Warren Rotary and a former Vice President and Trustee of the Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren Counties Jewish Federation, being deeply involved in the construction of the Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Joel is currently President Emeritus of The Pride Center of New Jersey, Inc., previously serving as President, Vice President, Trustee, Coming Out Support Group Facilitator, and Gay Dad's Support Group Facilitator.
Gerry is a retired Attorney, having practiced law for over 40 years in New Jersey. He is currently engaged in pro bono activities in Israel and New Jersey, holding dual citizenship in both the United States and Israel. Gerry was a Founder and Second President of Temple Har Shalom in Warren, New Jersey. He was President of the Jewish Federation of Central Jersey; Chair of the New Jersey Regional Advisory Board of the Anti Defamation League; Chair of the New Jersey Advisory Council on Holocaust Education from 1982-1992; and Founding Chair (Now Chair Emeritus) of the New Jersey Commission on the Holocaust and Genocide. Gerry is the Founder and Chair of The American Friends of the Technoda, Inc., a science and technology center for children K-12 in Hadera, Israel; Member of the New Jersey Israel Commission; Member of the Keren Ness Advisory Board, a charitable foundation offering grants in economic development of the Negev region in Israel; Member of the Keren Ness Business Loan Fund for farmers and small businesses in the Negev; and Member of the Board of Advisors to the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.
Brian is an entrepreneur-investor with 20+ years’ experience in the publishing and executive home services markets. Currently, he is President & CEO of Aynhoe Capital Holdings Ltd., a private investment company. Brian graduated with a B.A.Hons’90 (Political Science) from Queen’s University and a MBA from Ivey Business School, Western University, in 2011. Brian’s history of volunteerism and fund-raising goes back to his successful co-chairing the student contribution to the Queen’s Challenge! Capital Campaign. LGBTQ community involvements include: Guardian of the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Casey House Foundation’s ‘Leader 100’ Committee Member and Pride Toronto’s ‘Forty Plus’ Committee Member. Brian resides in Toronto and attends Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto with his family on a frequent basis.