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Help LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Find Safety

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It is still illegal to be gay in 72 countries. As a result, every year, thousands of LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers come to the U.S. fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet, upon arrival, many do not know where it is safe to go for help during the complex and lengthy asylum process - fearing ‘help’ will discriminate due to their LGBTQ identity.

Under the current administration, the crisis has worsened. A massive backlog in asylum applications, means that LGBTQ would-be asylees, who typically have access to even fewer resources and options for legal counsel than other asylum seekers, are left in limbo for years.

The AsylumConnect catalog, the first ever online resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers, helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe, high-quality resources during the asylum process. Without our free resource database, persecuted LGBTQ peoples’ lifesaving questions go unanswered.

Since 2016, we’ve helped over 7,000 find safe resources. We now need your help to extend this comprehensive lifeline to more persecuted LGBTQ people.

With your support, this campaign will help us reach our $100,000.00 goal needed to dramatically improve and scale AsylumConnect’s services at this pivotal moment in our country.

HOW WE WILL USE YOUR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS:  

-Technology ($15,000.00): helps us to improve and scale the first ever online resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers
-Marketing ($10,000.00): helps us to ensure our lifesaving technology reaches all LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S., both across the country and at the border, who need our help now

About AsylumConnect
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Co-founded by a lesbian and gay asylum seeker at the University of Pennsylvania,  AsylumConnect is a tech nonprofit on a mission to provide LGBTQ asylum seekers with the verified information and sense of community they need to safely integrate in their new home. The AsylumConnect catalog, available on web and mobile, is the first ever online resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers. The catalog currently helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe, high-quality resources during the U.S. asylum process. Nonprofits and lawyers also use the catalog to gather verified resource referrals for LGBTQ clients. AsylumConnect is now partnering with Y Combinator-backed tech nonprofit One Degree to improve and scale its resource catalog across the U.S. and to Canada (April 2019). Since 2016, the catalog has helped over 7,000 find safe resources in the U.S. Supporters include: Clinton Foundation, MCJ/Amelior Foundation, U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants, Harnisch Foundation's Awesome Without Borders, Harris & Frances Block Foundation, Human Rights Campaign (HRC). For more information, visit: www.asylumconnect.org .

*AsylumConnect operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Social Good Fund  (EIN: 46-1323531), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations to AsylumConnect are tax-deductible.

Organizer

Katharine Sgarro
Organizer
New York, NY
Social Good Fund
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