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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some common questions about AsylumConnect and using our free website and app.

Need Help?

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

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Mobile App

HOW CAN I DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP?

Download the free AsylumConnect mobile app on iOS and Android today to find verified safe LGBTQ-and immigrant-friendly services in seconds. Click on the buttons below:

 

Using the AsylumConnect Catalog

WHAT IS THE ASYLUMCONNECT CATALOG?

Launched in 2016 in the United States, the “AsylumConnect Catalog” is the first and only resource website and mobile app designed for LGBTQ+ asylum. Whether you are seeking LGBTQ+ asylum, undocumented or simply in need of a free (or low-cost) LGBTQ-affirming service, you can use the AsylumConnect Catalog as a free digital one-stop-shop referral site. You can use our free website and mobile app to meet your needs in all aspects of your life, including where it is safe to go for help with: housing, hygiene and clothing, legal, food, medical, mental health, community support, translation, transportation, education and employment, and more.

WHAT TYPE OF RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND IN THE CATALOG?

Our catalog can help you find free (or low-cost) LGBTQ- and immigrant-friendly resource referrals  across the following categories:  

  • Medical Care 
  • Legal Help 
  • Food 
  • Housing / Shelter 
  • Hygiene and Clothing
  • Education and Employment 
  • Community Support
  • Mental Health Care 
  • Translation and Interpretation 
  • Transportation 
  • Computers and Internet
  • Mail Services
  • Sports and Entertainment
HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THE ORGANIZATIONS LISTED IN THE CATALOG ARE SAFE?

AsylumConnect works hard to fill our resource catalog with high-quality resources that are useful, accessible, and welcoming to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Nothing is more important to us than the satisfaction and safety of our users and we employ a rigorous verification process for all resources included in our catalog. Our verification process asks three core questions:

  1. Is the resource active?
  2. Is the resource LGBTQ-friendly?
  3. Is the resource accessible to asylum seekers?

Resources must be all three of these things before they can be included in our catalog. We answer these questions by researching and often directly communicating with each resource. Here are some examples of things we look for:

Active

  • Does the resource have an active physical and/or web address?
  • Has the resource hosted events and/or updated online content within the current calendar year?
  • Is the resource responsive to email and/or phone outreach?

LGBTQ-Friendly

  • Does the resource offer services specifically for the LGBTQ+ and/or HIV+ community?
  • Has the resource confirmed by phone or email that they are willing and able to serve LGBTQ+ and HIV+ individuals?
  • Does the resource employ a non-discrimination policy that includes protections for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities?

Accessible to Asylum Seekers

  • Does the resource offer services specifically for asylum seekers?
  • Has the resource confirmed by phone or email that they are willing and able to serve asylum seekers?
  • Does the resource require certain documentation of its clients in order to access services?
  • Does the resource employ culturally competent specialists or emphasize culturally-sensitive care?
  • Does the resource offer some or all of its services for free?

Every resource in our catalog has regularly updated documentation on how it affirmatively answers our three core questions. We also assess additional features that we like to see in the resources we publish, including: whether or not the resource provides translation services for non-English speaking clients and whether or not the resource employs a confidentiality policy for its services. These features, along with whether or not a resource offers some or all of its services for free, are optional. A resource is not required to provide these features in order to be included in the catalog.

At the end of our verification process, a resource is declared either: “verified” or “unverified.” Unverified resources are deemed ineligible (at least for the time being) for inclusion in our catalog. The AsylumConnect team re-verifies all resources listed in the catalog every 6 months for maximum user safety and quality.

All users are encouraged to register for a free user account in order to share public ratings (one to five stars) and written reviews on organizations’ catalog profile pages.

WHY SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR A FREE USER ACCOUNT?

Sign-up for a free asylum seeker user account to:

  • Easily save your personal resource searches for future use 
  • Access your saved resource lists from different devices (such as different public computers)
  • Share your personalized resource list with your lawyer, a friend, organization or anyone else who is helping with your LGBTQ+ asylum case via print, email or another AsylumConnect user account
  • Share public ratings (one to five stars) and written reviews for the resources you use
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A USER ACCOUNT?

Visit our catalog (desktop or mobile) to register for a free user account. 

  • On a Computer: click on “Sign Up” at the top right-hand corner of your screen and select the “I AM A AN ASYLUM SEEKER”option.
  • On your Mobile Phone: click on “Account” on the bottom navigation menu, click on “Sign Up” and select the “I AM AN ASYLUM SEEKER”option.

Follow the instructions to create your account.

HOW DO I RATE AND REVIEW A RESOURCE?

To rate and review a resource, first create a free user account. 

  • On a Computer: click on “Sign Up” at the top right-hand corner of your screen and select the “I AM A AN ASYLUM SEEKER”option.
  • On your Mobile Phone: click on “Account” on the bottom navigation menu, click on “Sign Up” and select the “I AM AN ASYLUM SEEKER”option.

Follow the instructions to create your account. Once logged into our site through your free AsylumConnect user account, you can rate and review resources.

HOW DO I SUGGEST A NEW RESOURCE?

Submitting a resource is easy and helps us to continue to improve and expand our resource catalog! The AsylumConnect team is now accepting public resource suggestions from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

On Desktop: To suggest a resource for inclusion in our catalog, simply visit the “Suggest a Resource” page on your country’s catalog (United States or Canada). 

On Mobile: Click on “More” on the bottom navigation of the app and click on “Suggest New Resource”. Then select your country (United States or Canada), and complete the online form to easily submit a new resource for consideration to our team.

To suggest a resource in Mexico or another country, please contact us here.

HOW DO I SHARE FEEDBACK ON MY EXPERIENCE USING THE CATALOG?

Fill out our “Share Feedback” survey to help us to continue to improve the AsylumConnect Catalog. We’d love to hear from you!

Other Questions

IS THIS WEBSITE AND APP PRIVATE? I NEED TO PROTECT MY CONFIDENTIALITY ONLINE.

Our free resource website and app is designed to address the unique needs of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Our catalog offers an anonymous user experience to protect your confidentiality and privacy. For example, if you choose to register for a free asylum seeker user account you can input an alias email address to preserve your confidentiality. 

For more information, please read our User Privacy Statement below: 

The AsylumConnect Catalog uses Google Analytics with anonymized IP addresses to help analyze how visitors use this site. Google Analytics uses cookies, which are small text files placed on your computer, to collect standard visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. No personally identifiable information is collected about you, unless you explicitly submit that information on this website. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics, you may do so by clicking here.

You can also read our full Privacy Policy here.

I IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ+ BUT I AM NOT SEEKING ASYLUM. CAN YOUR WEBSITE AND APP STILL HELP ME CONNECT WITH LGBTQ-AFFIRMING SUPPORT?

Yes! Whether you are are seeking LGBTQ+ asylum, you are an LGBTQ+ refugee, undocumented or simply in need of free (or low-cost) LGBTQ-friendly services, you can use AsylumConnect’s free website and app to easily identify and access safe help near you. 

Learn more about how different LGBTQ+ people use AsylumConnect on our blog:

I AM PLANNING TO RESETTLE IN A NEW COUNTRY. CAN I USE YOUR WEBSITE AND APP TO PLAN AHEAD?

Yes, if you are planning to resettle in the United States or Canada you can use AsylumConnect’s free resource website and app to plan ahead. Visit our free resource catalog to begin searching for safe services in your new home. Sign up for a free user account to easily save your resource lists for later.

I DO NOT IDENTIFY AS A MEMBER OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY. ARE THERE ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN HELP ME?

Yes! While asylum seekers and refugees outside of the LGBTQ+ community are welcome to use our resource catalog to connect with local immigrant-friendly services, AsylumConnect’s focus is on those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ+). If you do not identify as LGBTQ+, we encourage you to check out:

USAHello – A free website created for refugees and immigrants in the U.S. Visit their website for more information.

I NEED TRAVEL SUPPORT TO HELP ME LEAVE MY DANGEROUS COUNTRY. CAN YOU HELP ME?

AsylumConnect cannot provide direct travel support or help obtaining travel visas. Please visit our international resource page for organizations who may be able to assist you in reaching safety. 

About AsylumConnect

WHERE IS THIS ORGANIZATION BASED?

Our office is located in New York City, New York, United States. We do not accept in-person appointments. However, you can access our free resource website and app 24/7 from around the world to connect with safe help near you.

I AM AN ASYLEE (ALREADY GRANTED ASYLUM). I AM INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED AND SUPPORTING YOUR EFFORTS. HOW CAN I HELP?

Great! We’d love for you to join us. Please visit the Join Our Team page to learn more about ways you can volunteer and get involved with AsylumConnect.  

Mobile App

HOW CAN I DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP?

Download the free AsylumConnect mobile app on iOS and Android today to find verified safe LGBTQ-and immigrant-friendly resource referrals in seconds. Click on the buttons below:

 

Using the AsylumConnect Catalog

WHAT IS THE ASYLUMCONNECT CATALOG?

Launched in 2016 in the United States, the “AsylumConnect Catalog” is the first and only resource website and mobile app designed for LGBTQ+ asylum. You can use the AsylumConnect Catalog as a free digital one-stop-shop referral site to help your LGBTQ+ clients meet their needs in all aspects of their lives, including where it is safe to go for help with: housing, hygiene and clothing, legal, food, medical, mental health, community support, translation, transportation, education and employment, and more.

WHAT TYPE OF RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND IN THE CATALOG?

Our catalog can help you find free (or low-cost) LGBTQ- and immigrant-friendly resource referrals  across the following categories:  

  • Medical Care 
  • Legal Help 
  • Food 
  • Housing / Shelter 
  • Hygiene and Clothing
  • Education and Employment 
  • Community Support
  • Mental Health Care 
  • Translation and Interpretation 
  • Transportation 
  • Computers and Internet
  • Mail Services
  • Sports and Entertainment
HOW ARE SERVICE PROVIDERS VERIFIED PRIOR TO BEING LISTED ON YOUR SITE?

AsylumConnect works hard to fill our resource catalog with high quality resources that are useful, accessible, and welcoming to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Nothing is more important to us than the satisfaction and safety of our users and we employ a rigorous verification process for all resources included in our catalog. Our verification process asks three core questions:

  1. Is the resource active?
  2. Is the resource LGBTQ-friendly?
  3. Is the resource accessible to asylum seekers?

Resources must be all three of these things before they can be included in our catalog. We answer these questions by researching and often directly communicating with each resource. Here are some examples of things we look for:

Active

  • Does the resource have an active physical and/or web address?
  • Has the resource hosted events and/or updated online content within the current calendar year?
  • Is the resource responsive to email and/or phone outreach?

LGBTQ-Friendly

  • Has the resource confirmed by phone or email that they are willing and able to serve LGBTQ+ individuals?
  • Does the resource offer services directly serving the LGBTQ+ community?
  • Does the resource employ a non-discrimination policy that includes protections for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities?

Accessible to Asylum Seekers

  • Has the resource confirmed by phone or email that they are willing and able to serve asylum seekers and/or undocumented citizens?
  • Does the resource require certain documentation of its clients in order to access services?
  • Does the resource offer some or all of its services for free?

Every resource in our catalog has regularly updated documentation on how it affirmatively answers our three core questions. We also assess additional features that we like to see in the resources we publish, including: whether or not the resource provides translation services for non-English speaking clients and whether or not the resource employs a confidentiality policy for its services. These features, along with whether or not a resource offers some or all of its services for free, are optional. A resource is not required to provide these features in order to be included in the catalog.

At the end of our verification process, a resource is declared either: “verified” or “unverified.” Unverified resources are deemed ineligible (at least for the time being) for inclusion in our catalog. (The AsylumConnect team re-verifies all resources every 6 months for safety.)

We encourage organizations listed in the catalog to register for a free service provider user account in order to add and edit information about their organization and services. (Scroll down the page to learn more.) All users are also encouraged to register for a free user account in order to share public ratings (one to five stars) and written reviews on organizations’ catalog profile pages.

Questions, comments, and concerns about how we verify resources, contact us.

HOW DO I SUGGEST NEW RESOURCES?

On Mobile: Click on “More” on the bottom navigation of the app and click on “Suggest New Resource”. Then select your country (United States or Canada), and complete the online form to easily submit a new resource for consideration to our team.

On Desktop: First, visit our catalog to register for a free service provider user account (click on “Sign Up” at the top right-hand corner of the screen). Once you are registered, fill out our quick “Suggest New Resource” form (United States or Canada) to add your organization to the AsylumConnect resource catalog.

To suggest a LGBTQ-friendly organization in Mexico or another country, please contact us.

MY CLIENT (OR THE PERSON I AM ASSISTING) IDENTIFIES AS LGBTQ+ BUT THEY ARE NOT SEEKING ASYLUM. CAN THE CATALOG STILL HELP THEM TO CONNECT WITH LGBTQ-AFFIRMING SUPPORT?

Yes! While our focus is on LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, you are also welcome to use our free resource website and app to help clients or someone you know who is part of a related LGBTQ+ population(s), including: LGBTQ+ undocumented immigrants, and LGBTQ+ homeless or isolated youth.

Learn more about how different LGBTQ+ people can use AsylumConnect on our blog:

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A SERVICE PROVIDER USER ACCOUNT?

Visit our catalog (desktop or mobile) to register for a free service provider user account. 

  • On Desktop: click on “Sign Up” at the top right-hand corner of your screen and select the “I AM A SERVICE PROVIDER”option.

On Mobile: click on “Account” on the bottom navigation menu, click on “Sign Up” and select the “I AM A SERVICE PROVIDER”option.

WHY SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR A FREE SERVICE PROVIDER USER ACCOUNT?

Sign-up for a free AsylumConnect service provider user account to:

  • Save resource referrals via “Favorites” lists for your clients or loved ones 
  • Share resource referrals for free via print, email or another AsylumConnect user account
  • Add and edit information about your organization and services (if applicable)
  • Share public ratings (one to five stars) and written reviews on other organizations’ catalog profile pages
HOW DO I ADD MY ORGANIZATION TO THE CATALOG?

Don’t see your law firm, organization or agency listed in our catalog? First, visit our catalog to register for a free service provider user account (click on “Sign Up” at the top right-hand corner of the screen). Once you are registered, fill out our quick “Suggest New Resource” form (United States or Canada) to add your organization to the AsylumConnect resource catalog.

To suggest a LGBTQ-friendly organization in Mexico or another country, please contact us.

HOW DO I AFFILIATE MY USER ACCOUNT WITH MY ORGANIZATION’S CATALOG PROFILE PAGE?

See our blog post for step-by-step instructions on how to quickly affiliate your AsylumConnect account with your organization’s live catalog profile page.

LEARN MORE ON OUR BLOG

HOW DO I RATE AND REVIEW RESOURCES LISTED IN THE CATALOG?

To rate and review a resource, first create a free user account. 

  • ON DESKTOP: click on “Sign Up” at the top right-hand corner of your screen and select the “I AM A SERVICE PROVIDER”option.
  • ON MOBILE: click on “Account” on the bottom navigation menu, click on “Sign Up” and select the “I AM A SERVICE PROVIDER”option.

Follow the instructions to create your account. Once logged into our site through your free AsylumConnect user account, you can rate and review resources.

HOW DO I SHARE FEEDBACK ON MY EXPERIENCE USING THE CATALOG?

Fill out our “Share Feedback” survey to help us to continue to improve the AsylumConnect Catalog. We’d love to hear from you!

Other Questions

IS THIS WEBSITE AND APP PRIVATE? MY CLIENT (OR THE PERSON I AM ASSISTING) IS CONCERNED ABOUT MAINTAINING THEIR CONFIDENTIALITY ONLINE.

Our free resource website and app is specifically designed to address the unique needs of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Our resource catalog offers an anonymous user experience to protect asylum seekers’ confidentiality and privacy online. For example, those who choose to register for a free asylum seeker user account can input an alias email address to preserve their confidentiality. 

For more information, please read our User Privacy Statement below: 

The AsylumConnect Catalog uses Google Analytics with anonymized IP addresses to help analyze how visitors use this site. Google Analytics uses cookies, which are small text files placed on your computer, to collect standard visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. No personally identifiable information is collected about you, unless you explicitly submit that information on this website. 

You can also read our full Privacy Policy here.

DO YOU HAVE HANDOUTS I CAN SHARE WITH MY CLIENTS?

Download our free PDFs in your client’s preferred language below:

  • How to Use the AsylumConnect Catalog on a Computer (English | Spanish)
  • How to Sign Up for New Private Online Community for LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers (English Spanish)

For translated legal guides on the LGBTQ+ asylum process, see our:

I NEED TO FIND A SPONSOR FOR MY CLIENT. WHO DO I CONTACT?

We recommend contacting the following organizations directly about finding a sponsor for your client:

  • Santa Fe Dreamers Project: They focus on helping transgender asylum seekers, including those detained in immigration facilities, find U.S. sponsors. Learn more here and fill out their online form.
  • Freedom for Immigrants: They also match clients to housing provided by their sponsor volunteers. Contact them for more information.
  • Queer Asylum Accompaniment Team: Queer Asylum Accompaniment Team is a grassroots organization actively seeking Sponsors and Volunteer Accompaniers for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in detention centers on the U.S. southern border. See their website for more information.
  • Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP): QDEP assists individuals coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services. They serve LGBTQ and HIV+ immigrant detainees in the U.S. Learn about their volunteer openings here (see “Host Homes Program”) and contact them for more information.
  • Airbnb OpenHomes: Learn more about Airbnb’s program to offer free housing to refugees and asylum seekers on their website.
DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR LAWYERS WORKING ON LGBTQ+ ASYLUM CASES?

Yes! Please see below for additional resources:

Country Condition Research & Reports

Manuals for Attorneys Representing Asylum Seekers

Additional Resources

THE LGBTQ+ PERSON I AM ASSISTING IS IN DANGER AND NEEDS TRAVEL SUPPORT TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY. CAN YOU HELP THEM?

AsylumConnect cannot provide travel support or help obtaining travel visas. If you are helping someone who is currently located in another country, please click here for more information on other organizations who may be able to assist them in reaching safety.

About AsylumConnect

WHERE IS YOUR ORGANIZATION BASED?

Our office is located in New York City, New York, United States. We do not take in-person appointments. However, you can access our free resource website and app from around the world 24/7. 

ARE YOU A REGISTERED NONPROFIT?

Yes! AsylumConnect is a 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States recognized by the IRS (EIN: 81-1066673). Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law.

HOW CAN I MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION?

Thanks very much for the support! You can donate online or by check. Please see our donate page for more information.

MY ORGANIZATION IS INTERESTED IN PARTNERING / LEARNING MORE. WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
  • Use our contact form to email our partnerships team. We’d love to hear from you!
  • If you are a law firm interested in financially supporting AsylumConnect, please visit our Corporate Partnership page

Mobile App

HOW CAN I DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP?

Download the free AsylumConnect mobile app on iOS and Android today to find verified safe LGBTQ-and immigrant-friendly services in seconds. Click on the buttons below:

 

Using the AsylumConnect Catalog

WHAT IS THE ASYLUMCONNECT CATALOG?

Launched in 2016 in the United States, the “AsylumConnect Catalog” is the first and only resource website and mobile app designed for LGBTQ+ asylum. LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and other LGBTQ+ people in need (such as undocumented LGBTQ+ immigrants and homeless or isolated LGBTQ+ youth) can use the AsylumConnect Catalog as a free digital one-stop-shop referral site to meet their needs in all aspects of their lives, including where it is safe to go for help with: housing, hygiene and clothing, legal, food, medical, mental health, community support, translation, transportation, education and employment, and more. Lawyers and other direct service providers also use AsylumConnect’s free resource website and mobile app to easily find verified LGBTQ-and immigrant-friendly referrals for clients. 

WHAT TYPE OF RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND IN THE CATALOG?

Our free resource website and mobile app helps LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and other LGBTQ+ people in need connect with verified LGBTQ- and immigrant-friendly resource referrals across the following categories:  

  • Medical Care 
  • Legal Help 
  • Food 
  • Housing / Shelter 
  • Hygiene and Clothing
  • Education and Employment 
  • Community Support
  • Mental Health Care 
  • Translation and Interpretation 
  • Transportation 
  • Computers and Internet
  • Mail Services
  • Sports and Entertainment
HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THE ORGANIZATIONS LISTED IN THE CATALOG ARE SAFE?

AsylumConnect works hard to fill our resource catalog with high-quality resources that are useful, accessible, and welcoming to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Nothing is more important to us than the satisfaction and safety of our users and we employ a rigorous verification process for all resources included in our catalog. Our verification process asks three core questions:

  1. Is the resource active?
  2. Is the resource LGBTQ-friendly?
  3. Is the resource accessible to asylum seekers?

Resources must be all three of these things before they can be included in our catalog. We answer these questions by researching and often directly communicating with each resource. Here are some examples of things we look for:

Active

  • Does the resource have an active physical and/or web address?
  • Has the resource hosted events and/or updated online content within the current calendar year?
  • Is the resource responsive to email and/or phone outreach?

LGBTQ-Friendly

  • Does the resource offer services specifically for the LGBTQ+ and/or HIV+ community?
  • Has the resource confirmed by phone or email that they are willing and able to serve LGBTQ+ and HIV+ individuals?
  • Does the resource employ a non-discrimination policy that includes protections for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities?

Accessible to Asylum Seekers

  • Does the resource offer services specifically for asylum seekers?
  • Has the resource confirmed by phone or email that they are willing and able to serve asylum seekers?
  • Does the resource require certain documentation of its clients in order to access services?
  • Does the resource employ culturally competent specialists or emphasize culturally-sensitive care?
  • Does the resource offer some or all of its services for free?

Every resource in our catalog has regularly updated documentation on how it affirmatively answers our three core questions. We also assess additional features that we like to see in the resources we publish, including: whether or not the resource provides translation services for non-English speaking clients and whether or not the resource employs a confidentiality policy for its services. These features, along with whether or not a resource offers some or all of its services for free, are optional. A resource is not required to provide these features in order to be included in the catalog.

At the end of our verification process, a resource is declared either: “verified” or “unverified.” Unverified resources are deemed ineligible (at least for the time being) for inclusion in our catalog. The AsylumConnect team re-verifies all resources listed in the catalog every 6 months for maximum user safety and quality.

All users are encouraged to register for a free user account in order to share public ratings (one to five stars) and written reviews on organizations’ catalog profile pages.

HOW DO I SUGGEST A NEW RESOURCE IN MY AREA?

Submitting a resource is easy and helps us to continue to improve and expand our resource catalog! The AsylumConnect team is now accepting public resource suggestions from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

On Desktop: To suggest a resource for inclusion in our catalog, simply visit the “Suggest a Resource” page on your country’s catalog (United States or Canada). 

On Mobile: Click on “More” on the bottom navigation of the app and click on “Suggest New Resource”. Then select your country (United States or Canada), and complete the online form to easily submit a new resource for consideration to our team.

To suggest a resource in Mexico or another country, please contact us here.

How To Get Involved

HOW CAN I MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION?

Thanks very much for the support! You can donate online or by check. Please see our donate page for more information.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Thank you for your interest! Visit the “Join Our Team” page to view all open positions and instructions on how to apply.

HOW DO I JOIN THE NYC JUNIOR BOARD?

Thanks for your interest! Our Junior Board members are young professionals in NYC who help support and promote our mission, fundraise, and build greater awareness for the first ever digital platform for LGBTQ+ asylum. Visit our Junior Board page for more information and instructions on how to apply.

HOW CAN I FUNDRAISE FOR ASYLUMCONNECT?

Thanks for your support! Please see our “Fundraise” page for more information on how to fundraise on behalf of AsylumConnect.

MY COMPANY IS INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE. HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH?

Thanks for your interest! Please submit our Corporate Partnership Inquiry Form and our team will be in touch shortly.

I AM INTERESTED IN SPONSORING A LGBTQ+ ASYLUM SEEKER. WHO DO I CONTACT?

Thanks for your generosity! To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, we recommend contacting the following organizations directly:

  • Santa Fe Dreamers Project: They focus on helping transgender asylum seekers, including those detained in immigration facilities, find U.S. sponsors. Learn more here and fill out their online form.
  • Freedom for Immigrants: They also match clients to housing provided by their sponsor volunteers. Contact them for more information.
  • Queer Asylum Accompaniment Team: Queer Asylum Accompaniment Team is a grassroots organization actively seeking Sponsors and Volunteer Accompaniers for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in detention centers on the U.S. southern border. See their website for more information.
  • Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP): QDEP assists individuals coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services. They serve LGBTQ and HIV+ immigrant detainees in the U.S. Learn about their volunteer openings here (see “Host Homes Program”) and contact them for more information.
  • Airbnb OpenHomes: Learn more about Airbnb’s program to offer free housing to refugees and asylum seekers on their website.

About AsylumConnect

WHERE IS THIS ORGANIZATION BASED?

Our office is located in New York City, New York, United States. We do not accept in-person appointments. However, you can access our free resource website and app 24/7 from around the world to connect with safe help near you.

ARE YOU A REGISTERED NONPROFIT?

Yes! AsylumConnect is a 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States recognized by the IRS (EIN: 81-1066673). Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law.

HOW DID ASYLUMCONNECT START?

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.

In 2016, we launched the first ever resource website and mobile app designed for LGBTQ+ asylum (the “AsylumConnect Catalog”).

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