Program AreaHuman Rights
Location of ImpactUnited States, Canada, Mexico
Headquarters LocationNew York, NY, United States
Product PlatformsWeb, Mobile Apps, Open Source
Budget$0 to $500,000
Founder DemographicsLGBTQ, Female, Racial or Ethnicity Minority
Our Mission: Connect LGBTQ+ people with safety. Our Vision: End the persecution and marginalization of LGBTQ+ people. About: Tech nonprofit AsylumConnect has built the first and only digital resource platform for the tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers fleeing their homes and communities for safer ground each year. When AsylumConnect reaches scale, all persecuted and marginalized LGBTQ+ people will have access to critical verified support and community. It is still illegal to be gay in 70 countries. From leaving their dangerous home country to resettling in their new home, it is often a matter of life-or-death for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers to be able to easily identify and connect with legitimate and LGBTQ-affirming lawyers and other direct service providers. AsylumConnect fills this information gap. Launched in 2016, 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) use AsylumConnect as a free digital one-stop-shop referral site to meet their needs in all aspects of their lives, including: housing, legal, medical, mental health, education and employment. Lawyers and other direct service providers also use the free app to gather verified referrals for clients. The Catalog currently connects users with verified LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly services in 25 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico (in response to U.S. asylum policy). Since 2016, AsylumConnect’s free technology has connected thousands to verified LGBTQ-and immigrant-friendly services, and the number continues to grow. We plan to scale to all 50 states and globally to ensure every LGBTQ+ person finds safety.