|LuEsther Mertz, who founded Publishers Clearing House
with her husband, cared about the rights of all people. Before her death
in 1991, she set up the LuEsther T. Mertz Fund in The Trust, in part to
support human rights. Thanks to her generosity, The Trust is giving
$150,000 to recruit and train pro bono attorneys to take asylum cases
for LGBT immigrants seeking safe haven. Above: Dmitry (left) and Tony.
Right: LuEsther Mertz
June 2015 | Grants Newsletter
LuEsther Mertz loved helping people. So she gave.
Here’s a note from someone her fund helped:
“It’s a crime to be gay in Russia. Growing up there, I never felt safe. Eventually, I had to leave. Immigration Equality, a group supported by The New York Community Trust, helped me win asylum. In New York, I felt free and happy, ready to live life without hiding the real me. And then I met Tony, who was visiting from Moscow. He also had suffered years of bullying and abuse. We fell in love. But Tony’s visa was expiring, and he had to go back home.
One night outside a bar in Moscow, Tony was harassed and detained by police. We knew it would only get worse. Tony returned to New York, and we married in the spring of 2014. Thanks to Immigration Equality, Tony has applied for asylum, too.”
What do you love? Set up a fund that will support what you love—forever. Call Jane Wilton at 212.686.2563
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