Oasis helps LGBTs seek asylum

Ten years ago, Jessy D'Santos made the decision to come to a place where she could be herself, a transgender woman. She fled Mexico City, where she faced daily persecution. With one reference to visit Oasis Legal Services in Oakland, her life changed forever.

Profile (California)

Alex Madison
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
July 4, 2018

Tags: Asylum, LGBTQ

Organizations mentioned/involved: Oasis Legal Services (Oakland)


Today, D’Santos has two associate degrees from Canada College in Redwood City, in interior design and art, and is a board member at Oasis Legal Services. She also is a program director at San Francisco’s El/La Para TransLatinas, an organization offering resources for trans Latina women.

This was all made possible by Oasis Legal Services, D’Santos said. The Oakland-based nonprofit was founded by four women in May 2017. It has helped over 700 LGBT immigrants obtain asylum in the United States with a 99 percent success rate.