About Us.

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AsylumConnect provides the first and only resource website and mobile app for LGBTQ+ asylum.

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 she had failed to speak out about her own LGBTQ+ identity in a country where she at least had that choice. They co-founded AsylumConnect to extend a comprehensive digital lifeline to persecuted and marginalized LGBTQ+ people.

At AsylumConnect, we believe there should never be a time when someone does not know where it is safe to go for help due to their LGBTQ identity or immigration status.

Need Help?

Visit our resource catalog today to search for verified LGBTQ- and immigrant-friendly services near you!

Join Our Team

Join our team and help LGBTQ+ asylum seekers find the help they need! We need volunteers in all depts.

OUR TEAM, BOARD & ADVISORS

Learn more about our team, Board of Directors and Advisory Council.  

Team

Meet our team.

Leadership

Our leadership team runs our day-to-day operations and collaborates to execute AsylumConnect’s vision.

Katie Sgarro Co-Founder & President
Li-Jay Chu Director of Marketing & PR
Hans How Vice President
Tuqa Youssef Director of Partnerships
Carissa Chantiles Senior Director of Data Management
Jordyn Mathis Director of Human Resources
Maher Darwiche Director of Development

Associates

Our associates support our leadership team through specialized roles and are invaluable to the continued growth of our organization.

Rebecca Jones Policy & Advocacy Manager
Chris Aguilar Data Manager
Yosheel Bangaroo Policy & Research Associate (Canada)
Rubina Sidhu Policy & Research Associate (Canada)
Camille Mbayo Web Developer
Andrew Fainer Data Entry & Outreach Coordinator (Mexico)
Marie Esther-Buh Team Coordinator
Kavita Singh UX/UI Designer & Data Manager
Jake Brokaw UX/UI Designer
Alyssa Clark Data Manager
McCall Wells Blogger
Jack Dickson UX/UI Designer
Jonathan Roque Social Media Manager
Peter Viverito Data Manager
Angela Lair Designer
Sofia Zafeiri Data Manager
Douglas Santeramo Marketing Manager
Sara-Ann Rosen Policy & Research Associate (U.S.)
Peggy Lu UX/UI Designer
TeAnna Stamps Designer
Colin Kraczkowsky Web Developer

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.

Katie Sgarro Co-Founder & President at AsylumConnect
Sean Buckley Director of Operations at Kupanda Capital
Wesley Bizzell Sr. Asst. Gen. Counsel at Altria Group & Pres. Natl. LGBT Bar Assoc.
Keeley Hanlon Senior Director at Purple Strategies

Advisory Council

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.

Jacque Larrainzar
Maikel Nabil Sanad
Julian Sanjivan
Fernando Chang-Muy, M.A., J.D.
Subhi Nahas
Emma Biegacki
Micheal Ighodaro
Raina Fox, M.A.
Grace Liu
Mike Iskandaryan
Francisco Tenorio-Hernández
Priscilla F. Aybar

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