AsylumConnect is a nonprofit organization providing the world's first tech resource platform designed for people fleeing persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and other LGBTQ+ people in need use AsylumConnect's free resource website and mobile app to find verified safe LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly legal, medical, mental health and social services in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, 24/7. Learn more at AsylumConnect.org.
“Anastasia” is a queer woman who left Russia after threats of violence because of her LGBTQ+ identity. She came to the U.S. on a short-term visa to attend a conference in Brooklyn. Upon arrival in Brooklyn, she began to apply for LGBTQ+ asylum. Before arriving, Anastasia is mainly concerned with finding LGBTQ-friendly housing and uses AsylumConnect to plan ahead. Once she is in Brooklyn, Anastasia moves into the housing she found on AsylumConnect. Her priority now becomes finding an experienced lawyer to help file her asylum application. Then she is interested in finding local clothing, food, LGBTQ-affirming medical and mental health care, and LGBTQ-inclusive social support. She remains hesitant in meeting new people, as she worries about facing the homophobia she did at home. She still worries about her family’s safety in Russia, and so is also concerned with anonymity. Anastasia relies on AsylumConnect’s free, confidential app to answer all of her resettlement questions, and she takes special comfort in knowing the app is private and all service providers listed are verified to be LGBTQ-affirming.
Launched in 2016, the AsylumConnect Catalog is the world’s first tech resource platform designed for those fleeing persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and other LGBTQ+ people in need (such as other LGBTQ+ immigrants and LGBTQ+ homeless or isolated youth) use AsylumConnect’s free resource website and mobile app to find verified safe LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly legal, medical, mental health and social services in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, 24/7. Lawyers also use the free tech platform to efficiently gather verified medical, mental health and social service referrals for LGBTQ+ clients.
We plan to scale to all 50 states and globally to ensure every LGBTQ+ person finds safety.
The AsylumConnect Junior Board is a group of young professionals committed to supporting AsylumConnect’s critical work through fundraising, networking and marketing.
In January 2020, we launched our inaugural Junior Board of young professionals. Our 2020 Junior Board includes 19 diverse young professionals from McKinsey, Twitter, Google, Mount Sinai Hospital, UN Women, Jones Day, PwC and more.
AsylumConnect’s Junior Board program empowers young professionals (ages 21 to 40) from historically underrepresented communities in business and executive leadership positions (with a focus on LGBTQ+, immigrants, women and people of color).
Our goal is to build a national movement and mobilize hundreds of young professionals to serve as ambassadors in their local communities for the world’s first tech resource platform designed for those fleeing persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Looking for young professionals to join our remote 2021 Junior Board program.
Young professionals (ages 21-40) located anywhere in the USA are welcome to apply.
2021 application deadline: December 20th, 2020.