Team Member Feature: Abby Davies, Resource Coordinator
Abby's International Journey Begins
Intercultural collaboration has been central to Abby’s identity for as long as she can remember. Before the age of 18, she had already visited 15 countries and spent several summers in Spain. Abby’s own experiences crossing borders and learning new cultural norms inspired her passion for immigration rights.
As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, Abby leveraged her concern for international justice as well as her language skills to volunteer at migrant camps in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. While there, her work included assistance with visa applications and citizenship exam preparation.
After graduation, Abby moved to Ecuador, where she not only increased her experience in global migration, but also developed a growing interest in international development. Her work alongside asylum seekers and formerly trafficked individuals enlightened her to the particular challenges encountered by LGBTQ populations during and after their migratory journeys. She remained committed to deepening her understanding of these challenges throughout her time in Ecuador and as a consultant for various international organizations.
The Fight Goes On
Several international moves and language acquisitions later, Abby continues to fight for immigrants’ rights from her current home in Washington, D.C. This fight has become increasingly personal as she and her husband, an Ecuadorian native, have spent many years navigating the complexities of the U.S. immigration system in order to secure his status as a permanent resident in the U.S.
As one of the few US-based organizations to work at the intersection of immigration and LGBTQ issues, AsylumConnect proved particularly appealing to Abby, and she has served as the organization’s Resource Coordinator since the end of last year.
Abby hopes to use her position at AsylumConnect to promote more change in the U.S. immigration system. She believes that nonprofits like AsylumConnect are critical to filling in the gaps where governments have failed to uphold the rights of marginalized communities. Even when the fight for migratory justice seems insurmountable, Abby assures that she can always draw inspiration from her colleagues at AsylumConnect.