AsylumConnect provides the world's first tech resource platform for those fleeing persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
AsylumConnect co-founders Sy and Katie Sgarro met as college students at the University of Pennsylvania. As Sy shared his personal experience seeking LGBTQ+ asylum in the U.S. and explained the persecution that LGBTQ+ people continue to face on a global scale, Katie realized that they had failed to speak out about their own LGBTQ+ identity in a country where they at least had that choice. Katie and Sy co-founded AsylumConnect to extend a comprehensive digital lifeline to other persecuted and marginalized LGBTQ+ people.
OUR TEAM, BOARD & ADVISORS
Learn more about our staff, volunteers, interns, Board of Directors, Junior Board, and Advisory Council.
Our staff members lead our operations and collaborate with our volunteers to connect persecuted LGBTQ+ people with safety.
Our volunteers are invaluable to the continued growth of our organization. We are proud to have volunteers from a diversity of immigration statuses, races/ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. Learn more about our volunteers below.
Our volunteer directors support our staff and help to lead AsylumConnect.
Our volunteer associates leverage their skills to advance AsylumConnect.
Our interns join us for the summer or a semester to develop their skills while supporting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers’ safe resettlement.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the governing body for AsylumConnect. Our board plays a pivotal role in developing AsylumConnect’s strategic plan, providing oversight and guidance. Ultimately, our board works to steer AsylumConnect towards a bright and sustainable future.
NYC Junior Board
In 2020, we launched our inaugural AsylumConnect Junior Board for young professionals. The AsylumConnect Junior Board is a group of young professionals committed to supporting AsylumConnect’s critical work through fundraising, networking and marketing.
Click here to apply to join our 2021 Junior Board program.
The Advisory Council is a diverse group of LGBTQ+ advocates, asylees, refugees, nonprofit leaders, and human rights defenders. Members generously lend their areas of expertise, personal experiences, and networks to help AsylumConnect reach its full potential.