AsylumConnect provides the world's first web and mobile resource platform for LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution.
AsylumConnect co-founders Sy and Jamie met as college students at the University of Pennsylvania. Sy shared his experience struggling to find safe resources during his own U.S. asylum process. Despite access to technology, upon arrival in the United States Sy struggled as a gay asylum seeker to know where it was safe to go for help to meet his basic needs, from finding legitimate pro bono legal representation for his asylum claim to LGBTQ+ affirming health care, mental health support, housing, and educational opportunities. As a trans man from a conservative background, the feeling of not being able to live authentically deeply resonated with Jamie. During their senior year, Sy and Jamie co-founded AsylumConnect to extend the first ever digital lifeline to other persecuted and marginalized LGBTQ+ people.
OUR TEAM, BOARD & ADVISORS
Learn more about our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, interns, Junior Board, and Advisory Council.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the governing body for AsylumConnect. The board plays a pivotal role in developing AsylumConnect’s strategic plan, providing oversight and guidance. Ultimately, our board works to steer AsylumConnect towards achieving its vision of ensuring every LGBTQ+ person knows where it is safe to go for help.
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.
Interested in joining our remote team? Click here.
Our volunteer leadership team helps to support our staff.
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.
Learn more about our current intern class below.
Interested in interning with us? Click here to view our current internship positions.
The AsylumConnect Junior Board is a group of young professionals committed to supporting AsylumConnect’s critical work through fundraising, networking and marketing. We are excited to welcome 37 members to the 2021 program.
Learn more about this innovative program for young professionals in the U.S. and how to become a member here.
2021 Steering Committee
The Steering Committee serves as the leadership team of the AsylumConnect Junior Board.
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.